The ideas that underly concrete, societal issues

The philosophers affiliated to Utrecht University carry out both fundamental and applied research. The work of the research group Philosophy includes classic contributions to the profound study of thinkers and issues from philosophical and academic canons. We also carry out philosophical analyses of contemporary issues in logic, academic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology, and social and political philosophy. We deal with very concrete questions, but also ask what the deeper-lying theories are.

Our approach can broadly be described as ‘analytical’, and a sound theoretical and methodological grounding in logic, history, and ethical theory formation are essential to this. This means that our research is very broad-based, seeking as it does to collaborate with research projects taking place in other departments.

Areas of expertise: ethics | political philosophy | logic | Aristotle | Spinoza | Kant | institutions | philosophy of science | human rights | history of philosophy | German Idealism | philosophy of mathematics

News

13 February 2018
From March onwards, Mauro Bonazzi is appointed professor in ancient and medieval philosophy. His research focuses on Plato and the history of ancient Platonism.
Dr. Iris van der Tuin
29 January 2018
Dr Iris van der Tuin has been appointed professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
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15 December 2017
The European Commission has recently funded a large new research project in which Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute participates.
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Events

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18 May 2018 16:15 - 17:30
In his PhD thesis, Hein Duijf investigates whether a group can be collectively responsible for an outcome while no group member is individually responsible.
30 May 2018 08:30 - 31 May 2018 13:00
On 30-31 May the Annual Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place at Utrecht University.
20 June 2018 09:00 - 22 June 2018 17:00
This conference is a follow-up event of COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter comes to Matter.
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