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Academic staff

Prof. F. (Franz) Berto 

Professor Franz Berto does research on logic and metaphysics, of which he thinks they are strictly intertwined (he got a grant from the British Research Council for his project The Metaphysical Basis of Logic, to work just on that). Before coming to Amsterdam, he’s been doing more or less the same at the Universities of Notre Dame US, Aberdeen UK, Padua and Venice in Italy, and at the Sorbonne-Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris. In particular, he works on deviant and non-classical logics, impossible worlds, non-existent objects, logical paradoxes, and more or less anything non-standard in theoretical philosophy. That’s because, as he tries to show and practice in his courses, one task of philosophy is to challenge what has been taken for granted – even within philosophy itself.

prof. dr. F. (Franz) Berto

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Philosophical Tradition in Context

Professor A. (Arianna) Betti

Professor Arianna Betti is Professor of Philosophy of Language. An ERC Starting Grantee in the very first round of the scheme, she is the only philosopher to be awarded an ERC Proof of Concept to build beautiful computer-generated maps for big cultural heritage data. After studying historical and systematic aspects of ideas such as axiom, truth and fact (Against facts, MIT Press, 2015, in press), she is now trying to trace the development of ideas such as these with computational techniques.

prof. dr. A. (Arianna) Betti

Faculty of Humanities

Logic and Language

Dr. R. (Robin) Celikates

Dr Robin Celikates teaches Political and Social Philosophy and is the recipient of the NWO VIDI Award for his research project Transformations of Civil Disobedience. His research explores the relevance of political and social philosophy for addressing challenges contemporary societies face – from democracy deficits and ideology to migration and citizenship. In his view the role of philosophy is to be critical and to challenge unquestioned assumptions – maybe one could even see it as a form of intellectual disobedience. This also informs his teaching, where – as in his research – he draws on a broad range of theories, from Marxism and the Frankfurt School via post-structuralism to contemporary analytic philosophy.

dr. R. (Robin) Celikates

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs

Prof. H.O. (Huub) Dijstelbloem 

Professor Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics. His research brings him around the world, from Greece to California, to study humanitarian issues related to border control technologies at the southern sides of Europa and in the United States. But he is also often in The Hague, to advice the Dutch government as a Senior Researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). In his MA course on Philosophy, Science and Public Affairs he presents contemporary literature on the intersection of philosophy, science, technology and politics, and a mixture of conceptual, empirical and normative approaches.

prof. dr. H.O. (Huub) Dijstelbloem

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Philosophical Tradition in Context

Prof. J. (Josef) Früchtl 

Professor Josef Früchtl teaches Philosophy of Art and Culture. He is co-editor of the German Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (ZÄK). As a child of modernity, he welcomes the autonomy of art and aesthetics but puts emphasis on the connections with ethics and politics as well. Movies are his favourite examples. Watching them we can learn something about the heroism of subjectivity. And we can learn something about ontological trust in the world. These research interests finally come together in his project on "The Art of Emotional Democracy". In his research - as in his teaching – he is inspired by the tradition from Hume and Kant via German idealism and romanticism to Nietzsche, Heidegger, the Frankfurt School, and so-called postmodernism.

prof. dr. J. (Josef) Früchtl

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Critical Cultural Theory