Prof. René van Woudenberg

Epistemology & Metaphysics

Rene van Woudenberg
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Rene van Woudenberg (1957) is Professor of Epistemology and Metaphysics at the Department of Philosophy at VU Amsterdam since 2002. From 2008-2012 he was the Dean of the Faculty of
Philosophy at VU Amsterdam.

His research interests are: the idea that humans can be held responsible for what they believe; the idea that science is the only way to acquire knowledge; the idea that there is a conflict between science and religious belief; the notions of chance and design; the philosophy of Thomas Reid. His research has been published in leading journals (American Philosophical Quarterly, Metaphilosophy) as well as by leading publishing houses (Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, Wiley-Blackwell).

Van Woudenberg obtained a number of research grants, including a KNAW Academy Fellowship (2002-2007) for work on epistemic foundationalism; a NWO grant (2004-2006) for work on skepticism; a Notre Dame Fellowship (2007-2008) for work on responsible belief; a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant (2013-2015) for work on scientism.

Van Woudenberg has given numerous academic as well as popular talks, both in the N etherlands and abroad, and wrote philosophy columns for the Dutch newspaper Trouw. For his work on the relation between science and religion he received the Reyer Hooykaas Price. He is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW).

Start of prof. Van Woudenberg’s lecture (2012) on “religious belief and the limits of science”:

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