Fotograaf: onbekend

dhr. dr. M. (Machiel) Keestra


  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: C3.132
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94224
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
  • M.Keestra@uva.nl
    T: 0205255507
    T: 0205255190

Current position

Machiel Keestra is assistant professor (UD) with tenure at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches in the Beta-Gamma (Natural & Social Sciences) Bachelor program, Interdisciplinary Honours program, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Master program,  and other interdisciplinary courses. His research interests are a.o. tragedy, history of philosophy, philosophy of action and the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience. His PhD thesis "Sculpting the Space of Actions. Explaining Human Action by Integrating Intentions and Mechanisms" covers the overlap between philosophy of science, cognitive neuroscience, hermeneutics and ethics and presents a novel framework for the interdisciplinary explanation and understanding of human action.
He was co-convener of the 2011 inaugural seminar of the International Network for Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity and has been the convener of INIT's Steering group ever since. He is elected board member of the US based Association for Interdisciplinary (formerly: Integrative) Studies since Fall 2010 and is AIS's President since Fall 2014.

Research

Currently my research focuses on human action, from a variety of perspectives. Having written on language and human action in a.o. Aristotle and Hegel, and on tragic action, my research focus is now on the philosophy of neuroscience - in particular the neuroscience of action. What is the relevance of the results of neuroscience for the philosophy of action, and what could a philosophical critique of neuroscience be? Looking at a specific type, like moral action, what can we learn from the exchange between philosophy and neuroscience? Does the empirical evidence provided by neuroscience offer justification for preferring a particular philosophical analysis of action over another? This holds not just for the specifics of action, but also for the understanding of action, where an integration of neuroscience and hermeneutics should further mutual constraints. Clearly, an answer to such questions requiresknowledge of the fields of neuroscience and philosophy of action as well as a philosophy of science perspective, while the results of this interdisciplinary endeavor are of importance to ethics. 

Teaching

Machiel Keestra teaches and coordinates the following interdisciplinary (mostly team-taught) courses:

Short bio

Machiel Keestra studied philosophy in Amsterdam and Heidelberg (Germany). He also obtained a propaedeutic degree in Psychology in Amsterdam. Formerly a staff member of the International School of Philosophy in Leusden (NL) and the General Studies dept. of the University of Amsterdam he taught and organised many courses and seminars on philosophical, scientific and cultural subjects. He is assistant professor at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of the UvA since 2003. He has published about the history of science, the history of philosophy (mainly Aristotle, Hegel and contemporary philosophy), the philosophy of language, tragedy (modern and ancient) and the tragic. Currently, his main research focus is on the philosophy of action and the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience.
For a Curriculum Vitaesee the link below.

Academic Presentations

- 'Offering multiple Philosophy of Science perspectives on the interdisciplinary challenge of integrating disciplinary insights'; digital poster for the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation, September 2013

- 'Simulification of Cognition and Naturalization of Narrative. Paul Ricoeur and the Interaction between Humanities and Cognitive Science', presentation for conference 'Paul Ricoeur and the Future of the Humanities', U of Groningen (NL), June 28, 2013.

- 'Integration of insights, yet without denial of pluralism'; presentation for a session on Philosophy of Science & Liberal Arts and Sciences education during conference 'Rethinking Liberal Education', Amsterdam University College, June 15, 2013.

- Workshop on book chapter "Bounded Mirroring: joint action and group membership in political theory and cognitive neuroscience" (Keestra, 2012); Uni. Munich (Germany), March 23, 2013

- 'Neurophilosophy as both exposition and  critique of cognitive neuroscience'; invited talk for symposium 'Visions for Neurophilosophy', Uni. Munich (Germany), March 22, 2013 (see pdf below)

- 'Interdisciplinary research: some background, principles, and methods'; invited talk for the European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities, Hannover (Germany), Jan. 23, 2013 (pdf)

- 'Interdisciplinary education: a challenging and motivating experience for both students and teachers'; invited talk at the dept. of Humanities, Waterford Institute for Technology (Ireland), Jan. 9, 2013 (see pdf)

- Assoc. for Interdisciplinary (formerly Integrative) Studies annual conference, Oakland U, Rochester (MI), Oct. 10-13, 2012:
1) Presentation at plenary session on 'Interdisciplinarity: Looking Forward & Across Borders';
2) Opening presentation for panel on 'Integration of Knowledge' (initiated & chaired by MK);
3) 'Neuropolitics and the complex alignment of neuroscientific and political theory perspectives'.
- Multidimensional interdisciplinarity and coherence in cognitive neuroscience: challenges for philosophy. Presentation at the Philosophy of/as Interdisciplinarity Network conference, Tübingen (Germany), Sept. 22, 2012 (see pdf)
- Interdisciplinarity & the Integration of Disciplinary Perspectives on Understanding Human Action. Presentation for the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, May2, 2012 (see pdf )
- Some positions in the trajectory of the interdisciplinary interpretation of Aristotle's ethical theory. Presentation for the AIS conference, Grand Rapids (MI), October 15, 2011.
- Understanding Human Action. Integrating Meanings, Mechanisms, Causes, and Contexts. Presentation for a panel on 'Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research (eds. Repko, Newell, Szostak, 2011) during AIS conference, Grand Rapids (MI), October 14, 2011.
- Assumptions of de-composability and re-composability in interdisciplinary research: lessons from cognitive neuroscience. Presentation for the Inaugural seminar of the International Network for Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity,Utrecht University, June 16, 2011
- Imaging the Mind or Opening Pandora's Box? Introduction to 2 nd day of the conference 'Imaging the mind? Taking stock a decade after the 'decade of the brain', University of A'dam, April 2, 2011
' Sculpting a Sustainable 'Space of Actions.' Philosophical and Neuro-Ethical Considerations of the Current Moral Action Overload. ' - paper presentation at the Association for Integrative Studies 2010 Conference, San Diego, October 9, 2010 (see link below).
'Explanations of action and decision making: fighting complexity, in need of flexibility, yet striving for coherence.' Invited lecture for the Acacia-Lab, Dept. of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, January 14, 2010.
'Pluralism in science and society - how can academic education or Bildung face these tasks?' Invited lecture for Studium Generale-ZAK, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, November 27, 2009 (see link to pdf below).
' Integrating meanings and mechanisms: how cultural influences and neural mechanisms constrain each other.' Paper presentation at Transdisciplinary-Net conference, University of Bern (Switzerland), November 21, 2009 (see ppt below)
'Mechanisms and meanings in the moral brain:hermeneutical and cognitive neuroscientific contributions tomoral action. Poster presentation at the 'Moral Theory and Empirical Research in Psychology and Neuroscience in the Netherlands' network, Utrecht, November 13, 2009 (see link to pdf below).
'Mechanistic explanation and the integration of insights from the humanities and cognitive sciences' - paper presentation at the Association for Integrative Studies 2009 Conference, Tuscaloosa (AL), October 8, 2009(see link to ppt and conference report below).
'From concepts to particles, and back again - combining disciplinary education with interdisciplinarity at the Amsterdam'Natural and Social Sciences bachelor'' - invited lecture for the conference "Collegium - College and the Academic Community in the European and the American tradition", University of Warsaw (PL), May 27, 2009 (see link to ppt. below)
'Shying away from the mathematization of science. Setting the stage with Plato's idealism and Aristotle's quasi-empiricism of mathematical objects.' - invited lecture for the Intercity Seminar on the Philosophy of Mathematics "From Plato to Predicativity",Utrecht University, September 26, 2008.
'From Mirror-Neurons to Hermeneutics: In Search for Mutual Clarification' - paper presentation at the Association for Integrative Studies 2007 Conference, Tempe, September 27-30, 2007.
'Mimesis in Art and Neuroscience: Bootstrapping Humanities and Neurosciences'- paperpresentation at the conference From the Brain to Human Culture, Bucknell University, April 20-22, 2007. (see article in Review of general psychology, 2008)
'Perspectives on Human Action: from Tragedy to Neuroscience' - paper presentation at the Association for Integrative Studies 2006 Conference, Atlanta (V.S.), October 5-8, 2006 (http://www.ais.oxford.emory.edu/)
'Some Philosophical Reflections on Neural Correlates of Tragedy' - paper presentation at the Language, Mind and Mind Conference, Paris, July 17-20, 2006 (http://www.lcm2006.net/)
'Modest but vital: philosophy as compass in thematic interdisciplinary honors classes.'-  session organizer and presenter at the NCHCHonors conference, St. Louis, October 29, 2005. 
'Neuroscience and Philosophy of Action: can Aristotle's Concept of Action be confirmed or falsified or even eliminated?' - The Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities: The Humanities in a 'Knowledge Society'; Cambridge University, August 2-5, 2005
'"Darwin has forgotten the Mind!" - Nietzsche's Struggles with the Theory of Evolution' - lecture for the Symposium on the Philosophy of Biology, Studium Generale UvA, Amsterdam, June 14, 2004. (Dutch version at http://www.ziedaar.nl/article.php?id=197 )
Invited Response on 'Reflexive Morality in late-modern society' - conference on Germand Idealism, Leuven University, Jan. 22, 1999.
'Elektra' und Hegels Unterbewertung der Subjektivität und öffentliche Gerechtigkeit auf der antiken Szene.  Paper presentation at the conference of the Internationale Hegel Gesellschaft, Utrecht, Aug. 26, 1998. (Appeared in the Hegeljahrbuch 1999)
'"Hit hertwice, if you can!"- Reflections on ActionsofSophocles and Heidegger.' Paper presentation at the International Philosophy Conference on 50 Years Heidegger's 'Brief über den Humanismus,' Amsterdam, April 10, 1997.
'Quine, Davidsonen Hegel op zoek naarbetekenissen.' (Quine, Davidson and Hegel in search for meanings.) Paper presentation at the Dutch Filosofiedag, Oct. 14, 1995.
Some remarks on 'Multiculturalism'(Ch.Taylor e.a., 1994). Colloquium Dept. Philosophy, July 6, 1995.
'Canon, coherence and meaning.' Paper presentation at the conference 'The Practice of Cultural Analysis - A Workshop on Interdisciplinarity.' UvA, Amsterdam, June 27-30, 1995. (see pdf below)
'Hegel, Davidson und die Flüssigkeit des Begriffs.' Paper presentation at the Radboudconference, Amsterdam, Nov. 25, 1994. (see linktoPDF below)
'De verlegenheid van de cultuurkritiek - n.a.v. Edward Said's 'Culture and Imperialism.' (Reflections on CulturalCriticism)- Presentation for a salonof the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, november 1994.
'"Eén heerser moet er zijn!" - Schelling, Hegel en Aristoteles over een Homeruscitaat. ('There should be a Single Leader!' - Schelling, Hegel and Aristotle on a Quote of Homer.) Paper presentation at the Dutch Filosofiedag, Delft, Oct. 1, 1993.

Non-Academic presentations

(For regular radio columns, see 'Services and broadcasts'.)
- Seminar "A critical reading of Wagner's 1849 text 'Die Kunst und die Revolution'" (Art and Revolution). Dutch Wagner Society (Wagnergenootschap), Amsterdam November 22, 2012
- Introduction to & moderation of Daniel Dennett's lecture "Kinds of things. The manifest image and the scientific image". Paradiso, Amsterdam, November 18, 2012.
- Panel discussion with Zygmunt Bauman, Hedy d'Ancona after Bauman's keynote speech: "Freedom and security: a case of 'Hass-Liebe'". Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, May 3, 2012 (see link )
- Interdisciplinarity's Future: threatened because it is important? Position statement in panel debate about "The Future of Interdisciplinarity", Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, U Maastricht, April 16, 2012 (instead of notes, see pdf & link)
- Eenheid en verscheurdheid van individu en gemeenschap in de antieke tragedie en Wagners Ring. (Unity and disunity of individual and community in antique tragedy and Wagner's Ring). Lecture for the Wagner Society of the Netherlands, March 25, 2012.
- "Nie sollst du mich befragen" - grondeloosheid en vertrouwen in Wagners Lohengrin (Groundlessness and trust in Wagner's Lohengrin). Lecture for the Wagner Society of the Netherlands, March 27, 2011.
Lecture on 'Wagner ende mythe van waarachtige eenheid - cultuurfilosofische invloeden op zijn werk'. Studium Generale, Universiteit Twente, April 20, 2010.
Lecture on 'Musicality: is a brain-mechanism capable of creating beauty?' Lecture for Spui 25, Amsterdam, December 4, 2009. (see pdf)
Lecture on 'Coming to terms with complexity. Neuroscience, free will, society and a Spinozan take on conceptual unity.' Lecture for Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, March 19, 2009. (see pdf)
Lecture on 'Representations in cognition and in art: a dynamical relation.' Lecture for the Arnhem Schoolof Arts ArtEz, November 10, 2008. (see pdf)
Lecture on 'Fetishism in different forms - on capital, criticism, and art.' Lecture at the opening of the festival 'De kapitalist'in Deventer, Bergkerk, August 8, 2008. (see pdf)
Lecture on 'Tristan und Isolde's eternal night of love: Wagner's response to the problem ofthe Enlightenment?' Wagner Society of the Netherlands, April 26, 2008.
Lecture on 'The mystery of mathematics. Cultural history of an exact science.' Studium Generale, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Feb. 12, 2008.
Lecture on interdisciplinary academic education for the staff of the Faculty of Geo-sciences; Utrecht University, Sept.11, 2007.
Lecture on 'Philosophical uses of tragedy. Antigone in thehands of a.o. Hegel, Nietzsche and  Heidegger'. Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte, Leusden, July 23, 2007.
Lecture on scientific integration and citizenship in academic education for the Directors of Education, Universiteit van Amsterdam, March 27, 2007. (Publication as 'Flying lesson fortheowl of Minerva? - Higher education as  preparation for the labour market and citizenship.', 2007)
Lecture on 'Arthur Schnitzler and playing with the unconscious'; evening devoted to 'The worldof Arthur Schnitzler', Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, February 19, 2007.
Lecture on 'Antigone als een filosofischetractaat?' (Antigone as a philosophical discourse?); for the Nederlands Klassiek Verbond, Utrecht, February 14, 2007.
Lecture on Philosophy and Neuroscience for Vereniging Onderwijs, Kunst en Wetenschap,Apeldoorn, January 17, 2007
Opening statement for a debate on the role of the chorus in tragedy in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam: 'Meezingen of loszingen? Individu en collectief in een tragische strijd.' (Sing along or sing apart? Individuum and collective in a tragic struggle.') Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, December 2, 2006.
 Short lecture for the presentation of my (edited)book 'Eencultuurgeschiedenisvan de wiskunde' on: 'Axioma: van reputatie tot zelfevident principe.' (Axioma: from reputation to self-evident principle) Freudenthal Institute, University Utrecht, November 23, 2006.
Statement at the Spreeksteen (Speaker's corner)on 'De vrijheid van meningsuiting, en de beperkingen daarop' (On the limitations of the freedom of speech), Oosterpark, Amsterdam, November 5, 2006 (see youtube.com for video).
Two lecturesfor the summer course on 'Neurofilosofie': 'Wie handelt? Neurale correlaten van het handelen en hun filosofische relevantie' en 'Enkele kanttekeningen bij deneuro-esthetica.' (Philosophical reflections on neural correlates of action& neuro-aesthetics). Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte, Leusden, July 4,2006.
    
Opening lecture at the symposium on 'Religie en Wetenschap: Geloof in Wetenschap' (Science and Religion), Radboud University Nijmegen, May 17, 2006.
Participation in the panel discussion on'A New Social Contract' for the Justice Department, The Hague, Feb. 16, 2006.
'Werken aan sociale cohesie - een kwestie vaneen normenproject of van een buurtpicknick?' (On social cohesion) - Column for the Think Tank SocialCohesion, Stadsdeel Watergraafsmeer/Oost, Amsterdam, Nov. 7, 2005. (Published in the NRC,Dec. 3, 2005)
Discussion on 'Intelligent Design and Philosophy of Science' for the Genomics Network for Young Scientist (www.geneyous.nl) at their Science Café, Utrecht, Sept. 22, 2005.
'Voorstellingen opdrift -enkele opmerkingen over filosofie, cognitie en kunst' - guestlecture for the Rietveld Academy of Art, Amsterdam, March 30,  2005.
Discussion on Documentary 'Darwin's Nightmare' (Hubert Sauper 2004) with Tijs Goldschmidt. De Balie, Amsterdam, March 11,2005.
'Impact en Architectuur' - lecture for ArCAm, Amsterdam, March 10, 2005.
'Wees gegroet,Maria! - van verwondering tot besluit.' - lecture on Film (J. L. Godard) and Philosophy, Amsterdam, Jan. 25, 2005.
'Filosofie en Tragedie - Beschouwingen over tragische handelingen.' (Philosophy and Tragedy - Reflections on Tragic Actions) - HOVO course at Leiden University, fall 2004.
'Het belang van vriendschap bij Aristoteles.' (The Importance of Friendshipin Aristotle.) - lecture at the Studium Generale, UniversityofAmsterdam,April14, 2003.
'Een zelf-verlies dat onomkeerbaaris? N.a.v. de antieke tragedie en Shakespeares Macbeth.' (An Irreversible Self-loss? On antique tragedy and Macbeth) - lecture at the Interational School for Philosophy,Leusden,  Dec. 13, 2003.
Commentary on the ArCAm Nutshell (History Timeline), De Balie,Amsterdam, Dec. 19, 2002.
'Filosofie en Tragedie' (Philosophy and Tragedy) - weekend course at the International School for Philosophy, Leusden, Nov. 1-2, 2002
'Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes. Een onbescheiden ontdekkingsreis door de geschiedenis van hetdenkenenkennen.' (Introductory lecture on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit) - lecture atthe Interational School for Philosophy, Leusden,  April 27, 2002.

Services and Memberships

- Consultancy & site visit at dept. of Humanities, School of  Applied Arts of the Waterford Institute for Technology, Ireland, January 9, 2013.

- Association for Interdisciplinary (formerly: Integrative) Studies: Director of Organizational Development since Fall 2012
- International Network for Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity: convener of the INIT Steering group since 2011.
- Inaugural seminar of the International Network for Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity, Utrecht, June 15-18, 2011 - co-convenor with representatives of AIS, TD-Net, CSID.
- Conference 'Imaging the mind? Taking stock a decade after the 'decade of the brain', A'dam, April 1-3 2011 - co-convenor with dr. Stephan Schleim (U Groningen)
- Association for Integrative Studies: elected board member (at large) Fall 2010-2012
- International Network for Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity - NYC 2010: co-initiatior.

- Philosophy of/as Interdisciplinarity Network - member since 2009.

- Students in Free Enterprise, UvA - Faculty advisor since 2009

- International advisor to the board of the Association forIntegrative Studies since Dec. 2008.

- European Society forPhilosophy and Psychology - member since Febr. 2008.

- Association for Integrative Studies - member since January 2006.

- Examencommissie Beta Gamma Bachelor - chair since Dec. 2005.

- Honours-education coordination assembly, University of Amsterdam - chair 2005-2009

- Interdisc. E-Zine 'Blind!' ( www.ziedaar.nl ) - member of the editorial board since 2004.

- National Collegiate Honors Council - member since January 2004.

- K.L. Poll Foundation for Education, Arts and Sciences (NL) -board member, 2003 - 2008.

- Foundation 'Leve de Bouwput!' -program board member, 2003-2007.

- Didactical Program at the Liberal Jewish Community -editorial board member 2001/2002.

- Cimedart Philosophical Essay Contest - jury member in 1998.

- Association of Dutch General Studies departments - chair 1996-1997.

- Stoicheia: journal for historical philosophy (in Dutch); editorial board member 1989-1992.

- Committee Post-Academic Education Philosophy (NL) - secretary, 1989.

- Amsterdam Society for Historical Philosophy - board member, 1988-1991.

Media appearances

Machiel Keestra is irregularly invited by Dutch national radio  to give commentaries or be interviewed on opera or concert broadcasts or for other topics. Since May 2010, he also writes & presents irregularly a scientific  column at AmsterdamFM in the scientific program 'Swammerdam'. Here is a list of his appearances:

- column about 'Breakthroughs in Science Prizes' (Wetenschappelijke doorbraak-prijzen), March 3, 2012 

- column about Self-alienation (Zelfvervreemding); Swammerdam program, Jan. 13, 2013 (see pdf)

- column about Multiple sources of leadership (Leiderschap en de krachtmeting tussen personen en ideeen); Swammerdam program, Dec. 9, 2012 (see pdf)

- interviews for science program Wetenschap?! at Amsterdam t.v. station AT5, October 9 (on marshmallow test & selfcontrol) and October 16 (on imitation and mirror neurons) 2012 (see link)

- column about Ideals, cooperation and politics (Het belang van idealen voor samenwerking en politiek); Swammerdam program, May 13, 2012 (see pdf)

- column about Narrative practice, religion and humor (Narratieve oefening in religie en met humor); Swammerdam program, April 1, 2012 (see pdf)

- column about Euthanasia and Ulysses-contracts (Euthanasie en zelfbeschikkingsverklaringen); Swammerdam program, Febr. 12, 2012 (see pdf)

- column about Socially robust (transdisciplinary) knowledge & Politics ; Swammerdam program, Dec. 17, 2011 (see pdf)

- column about the Occupy Wall street movement [Laat de tenten staan!]; Swammerdam program, November 6, 2011 (see pdf)

- 'Im grossen Schweigen' - orchestral songs by Diepenbrock; 'Also sprach Zarathustra' - symphonic poem by Richard Strauss. Zaterdag Matinee, Edo de Waart & Robert Holl, Ned. philh. orkest; live from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 7, 2011.

- column about 'Authentic life & self-reflection'; Swammerdam program, April 10, 2011 (see pdf)

- interview for NTR Podium t.v.-documentary on Wagner's Parsifal; broadcast at March 20 & 27, 2011

- column about political preference and the interaction of genes, brains and friends; Swammerdam program, February 20, 2011 (see pdf)

- column about petty excuses and mental time travel, Swammerdam program, October 24, 2010 (see pdf)

- column about the intrinsic value of art and its place in sustainable politics, Swammerdam program, October 3, 2010 (see pdf) 

- interview during the scientific Swammerdam-program at AmsterdamFm, May 16, 2010 (stream link below)

- short statement on Martin Luther's translation of the Old testament for Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, April 4, 2010 (stream movie below)

- 'Salome' - opera of Richard Strauss. November 28, 2009, commentary during live NPS broadcast from the Muziektheater, Amsterdam. (parts asstream at http://player.omroep.nl/?serid=477 )

- 'Die Walkure' - opera of Richard Wagner. July 28 2009, commentary during live NPS broadcast from Bayreuth festival.

- 'Der Fliegende Hollaender' - opera of Richard Wagner. April11, 2009 (stream at http://player.omroep.nl/?serid=477 )

- 'Doctor Atomic' - opera of John Adams. January 17. 2009 (part as stream at http://player.omroep.nl/?aflid=8726652 )

- Short interview on a 'catalogue of values' ('waardencatalogus') as suggested by the Dutch government - BNR Nieuwsradio, November 18, 2008 (12.45)

'Saint François d'Assise' - opera of Olivier Messiaen. Holland Festival production, live broadcast on radio 4 from the Muziektheater, Amsterdam, June 7, 2008

'Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg' - opera of Richard Wagner. January 12, 2008.

Rückertlieder & Symphony V of Gustav Mahler. Radio Filharmonisch Orkest olv. Jaap van Zweden. 'Vrijdagvan Vredenburg', live March 16, 2007.

Interview by Theodor Holman on my edited book  'Cultuurgeschiedenis van de Wiskunde'for Desmet Live, February 27, 2007. ( http://www.desmetlive.nl/program.asp?lIntEntityId=384&lIntEntityItemId=1813 )

'Tannhaeuser' - opera of Richard Wagner. February 24, 2007

Interview on my edited book  'Cultuurgeschiedenis van de Wiskunde' by Ger Jochems for VPRO Noorderlicht, February 13, 2007. (podcast at http://noorderlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/31489849/ )

Interview on 'Free will' (re. NRC article of April 14, 2006)  by Henk van Middelaar for RVU Educatieve omroep.May 8, 2006  ( http://www.rvu.nl/rvu.php?i=1&l=0&n=892)

'Elektra' - opera of Richard Strauss. Live at radio 4 from the Muziektheater, Amsterdam, April 22, 2006

'Fidelio' - opera of Ludwig van Beethoven. April 1, 2006.

'Shadows of the Night' (Birtwistle) and 'Parsifal' (Wagner). Zaterdag Matinee, livefrom the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Feb. 18, 2006.

'Die Walküre' - opera of Richard Wagner. Live from the Muziektheater, Amsterdam, Oct. 9, 2005.

'Telemaco' - opera of Alessandro Scarlatti. June 11, 2005.

'Also sprach Zarathustra' - symphonic poem by Richard Strauss. Zaterdag Matinee, live from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 5, 2005.

'Prometeo' - opera (1984)ofLuigiNono. Feb. 19, 2005.

'Götterdämmerung' - opera of Richard Wagner. April 24, 2004.

'Salome'- opera of Richard Strauss. March 27, 2004.

'Oedipus Rex' - opera of Igor Stravinsky. Zaterdag Matinee, live from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Dec. 6, 2003.

'Les Troyens' - opera of Hector Berlioz. Live from the Muziektheater, Amsterdam, Oct. 11, 2003.

Guest appearance at 'NPS in de Middag', June 24, 2003.

'Parsifal' - opera of Richard Wagner. April 12, 2003.

'Elektra' - opera of Richard Strauss. Dec. 21, 2002. (link naar fragment)

Books

'Sculpting the Space of Actions. Explaining Human Action by Integrating Intentions and Mechanisms.' PhD Thesis (defended Jan. 15, 2014). Institute for Language, Logic and Computation dissertation series, Amsterdam 2014. (xx, 438 pp.; incl. 3 figures; PDF available )

'Een cultuurgeschiedenis van de wiskunde.' M. Keestra (editor) et.al.; Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam, 2006). 243  pp. (M. Keestra: 'Voorwoord' (v-viii); 'Inleiding.' (1-18); '"Zonder kennis van de wiskunde geen toegang?" Conceptuele kwesties in de geschiedenis van de wiskunde' ('"No Entrance Without Knowledge of Mathematics?" Conceptual Questions in the History of Mathematics;  19-45) )
'Doorbraken in de natuurkunde.' M. Keestra (editor) et.al.; Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam, 2001, 2003). 224 pp. (M. Keestra: 'Introduction' - pp. 11-23)
'Tien westerse filosofen.' M. Keestra (editor) et.al.; Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam, 2000, 2001). 237 pp. (M. Keestra: 'Introduction' - pp. 11-22; 'Aristoteles' - pp. 47-64)

Keestra (2014): 'Sculpting the Space of Actions. Explaining Human Action by Integrating Intentions and Mechanisms.'

Academic publications

" Bounded mirroring: joint action and group membership in political theory and cognitive neuroscience " - book chapter in preparation for: Thinking about the Body Politic: Essays on Neuroscience and Political Theory. Edited by Frank Vandervalk,  Routledge, 2012, pp. 222-248 (see pdf for draft)

"Concepts - not just yardsticks, but also heuristics: rebutting Hacker and Bennett " (response to a reply by H&B on Keestra & Cowley in Language Sciences, 2009);  Language Sciences, (2011) 33;3, 464-472 (see pdf for draft)
" Understanding human action: integrating meanings, mechanisms, causes, and contexts. "- book chapter in: Interdisciplinary Research:Case Studies of Integrative Understandings of Complex Problems, edited by Allen F. Repko, Rick Szostak, and William H. Newell.  Sage, 2011, pp. 225-258. (see pdf of draft version)
" Integration in Interdisciplinary Research and Transdisciplinary Research. Report from international transdisciplinary-net conference in Berne." - conference report by Julie Thompson Klein, Machiel Keestra & Rick Szostak, in AIS Newsletter, March 2010, p. 1-5 (see pdf)
"Foundationalism and neuroscience; silence and language." Review article on 'Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience' (M. Bennett & P. Hacker;Blackwell 2003) - with S.J. Cowley -Language Sciences, 31;4 (july 2009), 531-552 (on-line since November 2007; doi: DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2007.09.004 )
"The diverging force of imitation. Integrating cognitive science and hermeneutics." - Review of General Psychology, 12;2 (june 2008), 127-136.
'Vliegles voor de uil van Minerva?: hoger onderwijs als voorbereiding op arbeidsmarkt en burgerschap." ('Flying lesson for the owl of Minerva?: higher education as prepariation for the job market and citizenship.') - Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs, 25, 2007/2; 69-83.
'"Zonder kennis van de wiskunde geen toegang?" Conceptuele kwesties in de geschiedenis van de wiskunde' ('"No Entrance Without Knowledge of Mathematics?" Conceptual Questions in the History of Mathematics; 19-45) - in: 'Een cultuurgeschiedenis van de wiskunde.' M. Keestra (editor); Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam, 2006).
'Inleiding' - in ibidem, (1-18)
'Darwin hat den Geist vergessen!' - Nietzsches worsteling met de evolutietheorie. ('Darwin has forgotten the mind!' - Nietzsche's struggle with evolutionary theory. E-publication at Blind! ( www.ziedaar.nl ) since Oct. 12, 2004.
'Inleiding' (Introduction) -in 'Doorbraken in denatuurkunde.' M.Keestra (editor);Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam,2001,2003) -pp. 11-23.
'Aristoteles' - in 'Tien westerse filosofen.' M. Keestra (editor); Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds (Amsterdam, 2000, 2001), pp. 47-64.
'Introduction' - in ibidem, pp. 11-22.
'Elektra'und Hegels Unterbewertung der Subjektivität undöffentliche Gerechtigkeit auf der antiken Szene. ('Elektra' and Hegel's underestimation of subjectivity and public justiceonthe antique scene.) In: A. Arndt (ed.) Hegels Ästhetik. Die Kunst der Politik - die Politik der Kunst. Tl. I; Akademie Verlag (Berlin, 2000); pp. 116-120.
Utopie: leidraad of valkuil. (Utopia) M. Keestra & H. Achterhuis (ed.)themanummer: Wijsgerig perspectief op maatschappij en wetenschap  Vol. 39, No. 4 (1998-1999). (Introduction; p. 97-98)
'De strijd om het vermijden van tragische conflicten. Naar aanleiding van Hegels rechtsfilosofie.'(The Struggle for the Evasion of Tragic Conflicts. On Hegel'sPhilosophy of Right) In: Krisis, 1998: 71; pp. 93-99.
'Hetbesluit tot handelen en reflectie. Naaraanleiding van Aristotle en Hegel.' (The Decision to Act and Reflect - in Aristotle and Hegel). In: Van Agora tot Markt, G. Groot (ed.), Rotterdamse Filosofische Studies XXI, Rotterdam 1996; pp. 159-164.
'Quine, Davidson en Hegel op zoek naar betekenissen.' (Quine, Davidson and Hegel in search for Meanings). In: Congresbundel Filosofiedag Groningen 1995, Eburon (Delft 1995); pp. 95-99.
'"Eén heerser moet er zijn!" - Schelling, Hegel en Aristoteles over een Homeruscitaat. ('There should be a Single Leader!' - Schelling, Hegel and Aristotle on a Quote of Homer.). In: Aktueel Filosoferen, W. van Dooren (ed.), Eburon (Delft 1993); pp. 146-152.
'Waar stil te staan? Aristoteles en de vraag naar principes van kennis.' (Where to rest? Aristotle and the Quest for Principles of Knowledge.) In: Stoicheia, 1991: 2/3; pp. 3-24.
'Het uitgangspunt van Hegels bemoeienis met de rechtsfilosofie.'(The starting point of Hegels interestin thePhilosophy ofRight) In: Stoicheia 1990: 3; pp. 3-9.

Non-Academic publications

Heruitgevonden tradities: de sedertafel en de Keti Koti Verzoeningstafel (On the seder festival and slavery abolition celebration). Mercedes Zandwijken & Machiel Keestra; Kol Mokum, Febr. 2013 (see pdf)

Bemoeienis met jongensbesnijdenis is ongewenst. (Intervention in male circumcision is undesirable.) Ingezonden brief, NRC Handelsblad, 4-5 Augustus 2012 (zie pdf voor oorspronkelijke en geplaatste versies)
Paradox van de Virtuoos - over de menselijke vrije wil. (On the paradox of human free will.) In: Vreihijd (eenmalige publicatie van Castrum Peregrini; 25.000 ex. t.g.v. 4/5 mei 2012), Mei 2012, p. 47 (zie pdf)
Evolutie, causaal pluralisme en open mechanismen (Evolution, causal pluralism and open mechanisms). 'De Filosoof', Journal of the dept. of philosophy, Utrecht University, Februari 2012 (see pdf below)

'De ene persiflage is de andere niet.' (Not all persiflages are alike. Interview-essay on acase of black-face charicature on Dutch t.v.). Digital magazine Oerdigitaalvrouwenblad, Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010 (see link below).

'De keuzeknop in het brein. Waarom de vrije wil begrensd is.' ('Selector switch in the brain. Why free will is limited.'Contains interview fragments with Haynes, Dijksterhuis, Hagoort and Keestra; authorR. Visscher)Natuurwetenschap  & Techniek, 2/2009; 57-62.

'Nederland lijkt de schaamte voorbij. Stilte na Srebrenica-dagvaarding verwerpelijk.' (On the lawsuit against the Dutch government and the United Nations by the 'Mothers of Srebrenica') Op-ed article,NRC Next, June 12, 2007

'40-'45geeft onswel te denken over asielbeleid.' (On the position ofchild-asylum seekers, and policyalways drifting between thelaw and morality) Op-ed article, co-signed by22 others, Trouw, October 24, 2006.

'Nazaat slaaf moet leren verwerken.' (Co-interview with Mercedes Zandwijken ona Seder-like ritual devoted to remembering andcoping with the traces of slavery in Surinam)Het Parool,July 8,2006.

'Sinterklaas en de vrije wil bestaan wel degelijk.' (Santa Claus and the free will do exist in fact.) Op-ed article, NRC Handelsblad, April 14, 2006.

'Burgerschapsdeugden maken de buurt leefbaar - en vervolgens de wereld.' (Civic duties enhance the neighbourhood and the world.) Op-ed article, NRC Handelsblad, Dec. 3, 2005.

'Intelligente ontwerper' helpt ons niet. ('Intelligent Designer' doesn't help us.) Op-ed article, NRC Handelsblad, June 9, 2005.

'Reflecties over vaderschap.' - in H. Procee (ed.):Bij die wereld wil ik horen! Over academische vorming; Boom 2004, pp.

"Over Vernieuwbouw -een crashcoursemetafysica"  (On Renovation - a crash course in metaphysics) In: ArCAM-tentoonstellingsbrochure 'Wegens verbouwing geopend,Oktober 2003;

'De ongrijpbaarheid van ironie.' (The problem with Irony.) De Helling, Winter 2001 (17-18)

2015

  • Keestra, M., & Keestra, A. (2015). A ‘CIRCULATION MODEL’ OF EDUCATION: A RESPONSE TO CHALLENGES OF EDUCATION AT THE NEW UNIVERSITY MODEL. Krisis, 2015(2), 90-98. [details] [PDF]

2012

  • Keestra, M. (2012). Bounded mirroring: joint action and group membership in political theory and cognitive neuroscience. In F. Vander Valk (Ed.), Thinking about the Body Politic: Essays on Neuroscience and Political Theory. (pp. 222-248). London: Routledge. [details]

2011

  • Keestra, M., & Cowley, S. J. (2011). Concepts - Not just yardsticks, but also heuristics: rebutting Hacker and Bennett. Language Sciences, 33(3), 464-472. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2011.02.005 [details]

2009

2008

2012

  • Keestra, M. (2012). Understanding human action: integrating meanings, mechanisms, causes, and contexts. In A. F. Repko, W. H. Newell, & R. Szostak (Eds.), Case studies in interdisciplinary research. (pp. 225-258). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage. DOI: 10.4135/9781483349541 [details]

2004

  • Keestra, M. (2004). 'Darwin hat den Geist vergessen!' Nietzsches worsteling met de evolutietheorie. BLIND : Interdisciplinair Tijdschrift, 2[details / files]

2015

  • Keestra, M. (2015). Understanding Human Action. Integraiting Meanings, Mechanisms, Causes, and Contexts. In V. Bazhanov, & R. W. Scholtz (Eds.), TRANSDISCIPLINARITY IN PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE: APPROACHES, PROBLEMS, PROSPECTS. (pp. 201-235). (Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy). Moscow: "Navigator" Publishing House. [details] [PDF]

2014

  • Keestra, M. (2014). Conflict en compassie: een hedendaagse blik op Wagner en een wagneriaanse blik op onszelf. In R. Helmers, & P. Westbroek (Eds.), Conflict en compassie: 200 jaar Richard Wagner. (pp. 157-166). Amsterdam: Nationale Opera & Ballet. [details] [PDF]

2007

  • Keestra, M. (2007). Vliegles voor de uil van Minerva? - Hoger onderwijs als voorbereiding op arbeidsmarkt en burgerschap. Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs, 25(2), 69-83. [details] [PDF]

2003

  • Keestra, M. (2003). Over vernieuwbouwing: een crashcourse metafysica. In Arcam: tentoonstellingsbrochure `wegens verbouwing geopend'. (pp. 18-21). Amsterdam: Arcam. [details] [PDF]

2001

  • Keestra, M. (2001). De ongrijpbaarheid van ironie. De Helling, 16-18. [details] [PDF]

2000

  • Keestra, M. (2000). Inleiding. In M. Keestra (Ed.), Tien westerse filosofen. (pp. 11-22). Amsterdam: Nieuwezijds. [details] [PDF]

1999

  • Keestra, M. (1999). 'Elektra' und Hegels unterbewertung der individualität und öffentlichen gerechtigkeit auf der antiken szene. In A. Arndt, B. Bal, & H. Ottmann (Eds.), Hegels Ästhetik: Die Kunst der Politik - Die Politik der Kunst. (pp. 116-120). Berlin: Akademie Verlag. [details] [PDF]
  • Keestra, M., & Achterhuis, H. (1999). Utopie, leidraad of valkuil: inleiding. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 39(4), 97-98. [details] [PDF]

1998

  • Keestra, M. (1998). De strijd om het vermijden van tragische conflicten: naar aanleiding van Hegels rechtsfilosofie [Review of: C. Menke (1996) Tragödie im Sittlichen: gerechtigkeit und freiheit nach Hegel; P. Cobben (1996) Postdialectische zedelijkheid: ontwerp voor een Hegeliaans antwoord op Heidegger, Habermans, Derrida en Levinas]. Krisis, 71, 93-99. [details] [PDF]

1996

  • Keestra, M. (1996). Het besluit tot handelen en reflectie: naar aanleiding van Aristoteles en Hegel. Rotterdamse Filosofische Studies, 21, 159-164. [details] [PDF]

1995

  • Keestra, M. (1995). Quine, Davidson en Hegel op zoek naar betekenissen. In M. ter Hark, P. S. Hasper, & R. G. Hilbrands (Eds.), Congresbundel filosofiedag Groningen. (pp. 95-99). Delft: Eburon. [details] [PDF]

1993

  • Keestra, M. (1993). Eén heerser moet er zijn: Schelling, Hegel en Artistoteles over een Homeruscitaat. In W. van Dooren, & T. Hoff (Eds.), Aktueel Filosoferen. (pp. 146-152). Delft: Eburon. [details] [PDF]

1991

  • Keestra, M. (1991). Waar stil te staan? Aristoteles en de vraag naar principes van kennis. Stoicheia : Tijdschrift voor Historische Wijsbegeerte, 6(2/3), 3-24. [details] [PDF]

1990

  • Keestra, M. (1990). Het uitgangspunt van Hegels bemoeienis met de rechtsfilosofie: [ter inleiding]. Stoicheia : Tijdschrift voor Historische Wijsbegeerte, 5(3), 3-9. [details] [PDF]

2014

  • Keestra, M. (2014). Sculpting the space of actions: explaining human action by integrating intentions and mechanisms Amsterdam: Institute for Logic, Language and Computation [details / files]

Media optreden

  • Keestra, M. (15-11-2015): Amsterdam FM [Radio] Amsterdam, Amsterdam FM. Amsterdam FM.
  • Keestra, M. (31-01-2015): Filosofie, literatuur en muziek: Mantovani - Schlemihl, Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra [Radio] Amsterdam, Radio 4. Filosofie, literatuur en muziek: Mantovani - Schlemihl, Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra.
  • Keestra, M. (20-02-2011): Columns voor Amsterdam FM-radioprogramma "Swammerdam - wetenschap in Amsterdam" [Radio] Amsterdam. Columns voor Amsterdam FM-radioprogramma "Swammerdam - wetenschap in Amsterdam".
  • Keestra, M. (20-03-2011): Interview met Keestra t.b.v. documentaire over Wagner's Parsifal voor NTR Podium [Television] Amsterdam, NTR Podium. Interview met Keestra t.b.v. documentaire over Wagner's Parsifal voor NTR Podium.

Spreker

  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (12-9-2015): Outdated yet still relevant: Aristotle’s ‘Posterior Analytics’ as a challenger of a current philosophy of science.
, Conference: Liberal Arts and Sciences and Core Texts in the European Context, Amsterdam.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (13-3-2015): Enhancing Integrative Psychological Science as Interdisciplinary, Distributed, Team Cognition: Meeting the Challenge of Intercultural Differences, International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (24-10-2015): Playing the Devil's Advocate: 
Is there a tension between the goals of interdisciplinarity and the values of diversity?, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference, Merrimack College, Andover MA.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (9-12-2015): Licht brengen in de duisternis? Controverses tijdens en na de Verlichting, Spui 25 voordracht, Amsterdam.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (14-10-2011): Understanding Human Action. Integrating Meanings, Mechanisms, Causes, and Contexts. Presentation for a panel on 'Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research (eds. Repko, Newell, Szostak, 2011), Association for Integrative Studies annual conference, Grand Rapids (MI).
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (15-10-2011): Some positions in the trajectory of the interdisciplinary interpretation of Aristotle's ethical theory, Association for Integrtive Studies annual conference, Grand Rapids (MI).
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (16-6-2011): Assumptions of de-composability and re-composability in interdisciplinary research: lessons from cognitive neuroscience., Inaugural seminar of the International Network for Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity, Utrecht.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (2-4-2011): Imaging the Mind or Opening Pandora’s Box? Introduction to 2 nd day of the conference ‘Imaging the mind? Taking stock a decade after the ‘decade of the brain’', International conference ‘Imaging the mind? Taking stock a decade after the ‘decade of the brain’', Amsterdam.
  • Keestra, M. (speaker) (27-3-2011): "Nie sollst du mich befragen" - grondeloosheid en vertrouwen in Wagner’s Lohengrin (Groundlessness and trust in Wagner’s Lohengrin), Annual seminar of the Nederlands Wagner Genootschap, Ermelo (NL).

Tijdschriftredactie

  • Keestra, M. (editor) (2011): Synthese (Journal).

Boekredactie

  • Keestra, M. (2006). Een cultuurgeschiedenis van de wiskunde. Amsterdam: Nieuwezijds. [details] [PDF]
  • Keestra, M. (2001). Doorbraken in de natuurkunde. Amsterdam: Nieuwezijds. [details] [PDF]
  • Keestra, M. (2000). Tien westerse filosofen. Amsterdam: Nieuwezijds. [details] [PDF]
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