The History of Philosophy and the Sciences

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Groningen invite PhD candidates and Research Master students in philosophy to register for the course The History of Philosophy and the Sciences to take place in December 9-10, 2022.

Organizing university

University of Groningen


9-10 December, 2022


University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy

Type of activity

2-day course

Primary target group

Graduate Students (PhD candidates & Research Master students)

If places available, also open to

Anyone who's interested

Application/registration deadline

21 November, 2022

About the topic

According to Descartes, his Meditations contained ‘the entire foundation’ of the new physics of the seventeenth century, Newton is a key figure in the history of modern philosophy as well as the natural sciences, and in the twentieth century, Einstein’s theory of relativity sparked a debate among philosophers and scientists about its implications for Kantian accounts of space and time. The history of philosophy, indeed, is intimately connected with the history of the sciences, and accustomed to disciplinary divides though we may have become, the boundaries between philosophical and scientific analysis have historically been vague and porous to a high degree. This course aims to study the historical interaction between philosophy and the sciences. Topics to be discussed include Aristotelian physics, early modern natural philosophy, the interplay between philosophy and the sciences in early twentieth-century thought.


The program consists of three lectures and joint discussions of classical texts. Students are welcome to submit proposals for short presentations of their own work.

Friday 9 December.

13:00 – 14:30 Sander Verhaegh (Tilburg University). Keynote lecture. Title TBA.
14:30 – 14:45 break
14:45 – 15:30 Maria Chiara Parisi (University of Amsterdam).  Aristotle on Scientific Demonstrations.
15:30-15:45 break
15:45-16:30 Dogukan Ozturkoglu (Erasmus University Rotterdam)  Descartes’ Metaphysics Reconsidered
16:30-16:45 break
16:45-17:30 Sam Alma (University of Groningen)  Kenelm Digby on Biological Individuals

Saturday 10 December

9:30 – 11:00 Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge) Keynote lecture. Kant’s Normative Conception of Science
11:00-11:15 break
11:15 -12:00 Omar Hraoui (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice / Radboud University) Sensation and Resistance: Leibnizian Metamorphoses of Hobbes’ conatus
12:00-12:15 break
12:15-13:00 Fengyuan Liu (Utrecht University) Spinoza’s Negative Approach to the Generality of Scientific Principles
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Andreas Lammer (Radboud University) Keynote lecture. What I Talk about when I Talk about the Weather: Meteorology as Philosophy or Science
15:30-15:45 break
15:45-16:30 Maaike Korpershoek (University of Groningen Groningen)  Émilie Du Châtelet on Hypotheses.
16:30-17:15 Caspar Safarlou (UMC Utrecht) Exposome Research and Philosophy


Sander Verhaegh (Tilburg University)
Andreas Lammer (Radboud University)
Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge)

Abstract submission

We invite abstracts from students who wish to present their own work. Abstracts of max. 500 should be submitted to before October 1st (notification of acceptance: October 7th).

Please note you also need to register for the course through the registration form below.

Certificate / credit points

For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see The study load for this activity is: 2.5 ECTS.


The course itself is free for OZSW & LOGOS members. If you would like to join the dinner, we ask for a fee of 35 euros to cover the costs.

Non-OZSW members & LOGOS members pay a course fee of 300 euros. This is for both options excluding and including dinner. However, for organizational purposes we need to know in advance if you are joining the dinner, and ask you to choose the correct option in the registration form (see link below).

Overview of fees:
OZSW / LOGOS members, excluding dinner: free
OZSW / LOGOS member, including dinner: 35,-

A member of 4TU.Ethics (if NOT also an OZSW / LOGOS member), excluding dinner: 300,-
A member of 4TU.Ethics (if NOT also an OZSW / LOGOS member), including dinner: 300,-

Others, excluding dinner: 300,-
Others, including dinner: 300,-



How to apply / register

You can register for the course through this registration form

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.


Cancellation and registration policy


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