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