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

Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
3 February 2017
The Tanner Lectures aim to contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind. Rosi Braidotti's talks are jointly titled 'Posthuman, All Too Human.'
20 December 2016
The projects will be on property, power, markets, knowledge in Indonesia, and about language: meaning, time, language development and African drum language.
V.l.n.r.: prof. Christian Lange, prof. Ingrid Robeyns en dr. Dirk van Miert
13 December 2016
Christian Lange (Islam and Arabic), Dirk van Miert (Cultural History) and Ingrid Robeyns (Ethics) each receive the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant.
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Events

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30 March 2017 09:30 - 17:00
On 30 March there will be a seminar as part of the Horizon2020 research project 'Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition'.
Prof. dr. Daniel Cohnitz.  Foto Ed van Rijswijk
6 April 2017 16:15 - 17:30
Daniel Cohnitz (Theoretical Philosophy) will give his inaugural lecture 'Critical Citizens or Paranoid Nutcases? On the Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories'.
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7 April 2017 10:00 - 18:00
The colloquium will deal with the question: To what extent are facts about moral disagreement relevant to evolutionary debunking arguments in metaethics?
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