Mind the Gap: (In)famous Oppositions in the History of Philosophy


The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), and the University of Utrecht invite all PhD and Research Master students to register for the two-day course “Mind the Gap: (In)famous Oppositions in the History of Philosophy”, that will take place in Nunspeet on 12 and 13 May 2017. 

Organizing university

Utrecht University


12-13 May 2017


Type of activity


Type of activity


Primary target group

PhD students, 2nd year ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

24 April 2017

About the topic

What is lost when we sever philosophy and its history into opposing camps? Or does it actually help our understanding to classify authors as analytical versus continental, rationalist rather than empiricist, realists and nominalists, Aristotelians and Platonists? What conception of philosophy lies behind such oppositions?

Join us for an intensive, two-day exploration of these divides, study their historiographical implications, and to connect them to your own work. The venue, Hotel Veldenbos in Nunspeet, offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to get to know other PhD candidates and Research Master students. While this course is primarily tailored to those working in the History of Philosophy, those whose interests are not mainly in the History of Philosophy are also very welcome to participate.

Aim / objective

This course will concentrate on oppositions that have shaped the way we see the history of philosophy. In four workshops devoted to different periods in the history of philosophy, participants will explore and discuss how useful these oppositions really are and to what extent they ought to be treated with caution or discarded altogether.


Friday 12 May

10.30-11.00 Registration / coffee
11.00-12.30 Workshop 1: Plato / Aristotle (Marije Martijn, Albert Joosse)
12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Workshop 1 ctd
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-18.30 Workshop 2: Nominalism / Realism (Han Thomas Adriaenssen)

18.30 dinner

Saturday 13 May

9.00-12.00 Workshop 3: Rationalism / Empiricism (Han van Ruler)
12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-16.30 Workshop 4: Analytical / Continental (Andreas Vrahimis)
16.30-16.45 Wrap-up


* Marije Martijn, Vrije Universiteit (m.martijn@vu.nl)
* Albert Joosse, Universiteit Utrecht (l.a.joosse@uu.nl)
* Han Thomas Adriaenssen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (h.t.adriaenssen@rug.nl)
* Han van Ruler, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (vanruler@fwb.eur.nl)
* Andreas Vrahimis, University of Cyprus (andreasvrahimis@gmail.com)

Required preparations

The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to participate actively in the discussions and, if they wish to earn credit, to write a short paper at the end of the course.

Certificate / credit points



For OZSW members and OIKOS members: 50 eur, which will cover meals, refreshments and accommodation for one night.
For others: 150 euro

Limited budget is available to financially support OZSW Research Master students living far away from Nunspeet. If you want to benefit from this travel support, please send a motivated request to secretariaat@ozsw.nl before Friday 21st, 2017.

Registration/application form


This course is coordinated by Albert Joosse. For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact the coordinator at the following e-mail address: L.A.Joosse@uu.nl. For practical inquiries, please contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl.