Event details

Date: August 23-25, 2023
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Registration: Please register for the seminar here. Registration closes on August 9. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Costs: The fee for the seminar is 100 euros for (PhD-)students and 200 euros for others.

This fee includes lunches and dinners and some surprise social activities in the beautiful old city of Amsterdam.



The Abraham Kuyper Center is pleased to organize a Summer Seminar on the Philosophy of the Humanities from 23-25 August, 2023 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. This seminar has a dual nature: the first part will feature discussions about an upcoming book and the second part will consist of presentations by scholars working within the Philosophy of the Humanities.

Stephen Grimm, Rik Peels, and Rene van Woudenberg are jointly writing a book tentatively called A Philosophy of the Humanities, to be published by Oxford University Press. During the first half of the seminar, both philosophers as well as humanities scholars will comment on a draft/concept chapters for this publication. In the second half of the seminar, the same speakers will give a more regular talk on a theme within their philosophical expertise that fits the broad umbrella of “Philosophy of the Humanities”.

The seminar is part of a project on “Epistemic Progress in the University”, a sub-part of which is devoted to epistemic progress in the Humanities. The project is sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Organization.





The seminar will be held on location in Amsterdam at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is possible to attend the seminar through live streaming. The talks of the speakers will be recorded (not the discussions) and posted on our website shortly after the seminar.


Ernest Sosa

Stefan Collini

Jennifer Gossetti-Ferencei

Alan Hazlett

Eleonore Stump

Christoph Jaeger

Rik Peels

Stephen Grimm

René van Woudenberg

Further details TBA

Organising committee

Stephen Grimm, Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York

Rik Peels, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion & Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

René van Woudenberg, Professor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Daniel Muller, Project Manager at Abraham Kuyper Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cancellation policy

In case Covid restrictions make it necessary to switch to an online only format, full reimbursements of the tickets will be issued. Cancellation for any other reason is possible until August 15, minus administration costs (max. 11 euros).

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For questions or more information, please contact:

Daniel Muller, Project Manager at Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
@: d.muller2@vu.nl