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

6 September 2018
This book explores ecological sustainability as a human rights issue and examines what our long-term responsibilities might be.
4 June 2018
Frederic Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, may continue to the second round.
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.
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Events

26 October 2018 12:30 - 17:40
The workshop contributes to IOS-work on urgent societal issues that require fundamental scientific research.
Baruch Spinoza. Bron: Wikimedia
1 November 2018 12:45 - 13:45
On the 1st of November Henk-Jan Hoekjen will defend his dissertation 'Pars melior nostri. The Structure of Spinoza's Intellect'.
13 November 2018 20:15 - 22:00
A healthy critical attitude or extreme distrust? Prof. dr. Daniel Cohnitz (UU) talks about the value of philosophy in combating conspiracy thinking.
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