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


28 July 2017
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to 7 researchers from the faculty of Humanities.
8 May 2017
The national research school in Classical Studies, OIKOS, receives 18.8 million Euros from NWO.
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.'


Baruch Spinoza. Foto: Wikimedia Commons
5 October 2017 09:30 - 6 October 2017 17:00
Piet Steenbakkers, Jeroen van de Ven and Albert Gootjes organise the Spinoza seminar on 5-6 October in the context of the NWO research project 'Spinoza's Web'.
13 October 2017 10:30 - 11:45
This PhD thesis offers a theory that helps us to grasp how we should think, argue and speak about fundamental rights. The defence will take place on 13 October.
10 November 2017 - 11 November 2017
This year’s conference of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy is organized by Utrecht University and will be held on 10-11 November in Doorn.