Johan van Benthem, emeritus university professor of Pure and Applied Logic at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), was recently elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As a member of this distinguished institution, Van Benthem joins a select group of some of the world’s greatest minds, including more than 250 Nobel Laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the American Academy, is one of the oldest and most respected learned societies in the United States. Founded during the American War of Independence in 1780, it is a leading centre for independent policy research, bringing together the brightest minds from the academic, business and government sectors to address some of the critical challenges facing society. Some of its most illustrious members have included Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and Niels Bohr.
Johan van Benthem is emeritus university professor of Pure and Applied Logic at the University of Amsterdam, Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University (US) and Changjiang Professor of Humanities at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).
A graduate of the University of Amsterdam, Van Benthem obtained his PhD in 1977 before going on to firmly establish himself as an internationally respected researcher in the field of Logic and its applications. Throughout his career, Van Benthem has been the recipient of various awards and accolades, including the NWO Spinoza Prize. A member of the Academia Europaea since 1991 and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1992, Van Benthem is also the founding director of the UvA’s Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, which provides a platform for collaboration between scholars in the field of Logic, Informatics and Philosophy.
Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holder of the 2015 Spinoza Chair of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, was also recently elected member of the American Academy.
Haslanger has published extensively on topics in metaphysics, epistemology and feminist theory, with a recent emphasis on accounts of the social construction of race and gender.
As 2015 Spinoza Chair holder, Haslanger will deliver the second of two Spinoza lectures.