Philosophical methods

Methodology courses and philosophy of sciences

ECTS: 2.5 
Number of sessions: 4
Hours per session: 4
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • €525- for non-members
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

In the academic year 2022-2023 this course will take place offline. Location: T19-01.

Session 1
January 9 2023

Session 2
January 16 2023

Session 3
January 23 2023

Session 4
January 30 2023


We are facing an era of major global transitions, involving a plethora of ecological, political, societal and scientific challenges. How can philosophy contribute to coming to terms with these challenges? We believe that philosophy has something to offer, while the exposure to concrete urgent challenges and interdisciplinary dialogue is a beneficial experience for philosophy as well, triggering reflection on the nature and relevance of philosophical knowledge as part of a more comprehensive and inclusive approach.

Aims and working method

The focus of the course is on methodology, on the how and now. How to practice philosophy today? How to bridge the gap between the way philosophy is often practiced in academic settings (e.g. author studies) and how philosophy evolves in interdisciplinary settings, addressing concrete societal challenges via transdisciplinary collaborations? The course entails a short introduction into a number of key philosophical approaches via readings, lectures, discussions and case studies.

Learning objectives

After completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Familiarised themselves with the core concepts and methods of important philosophical approaches;
  • Learned how to apply these concepts and methods in the context of contemporary challenges;
  • Developed their skills for interdisciplinary dialogue;
  • Reflected on the role and challenges of normativity and engaged scholarship in contemporary academic work.

Session descriptions

Session 1: Introduction and phenomenology

Session 2: Analytic philosophy and author studies

Session 3: Post-structuralism and dialectics

Session 4: Integrity and open science

About the instructor

Hub Zwart, Maren Wehrle, Tim de Meij, Han van Ruler, Sjoerd van Tuinen