What Can the Humanities Contribute to Our Practical Self-Understanding?

Samenvatting

Human beings constitute the research domain of many different disciplines. The natural sciences study the human body and the material basis of human behaviour and mental activity. The social sciences establish regularities in individual and social behaviour. The humanities study artistic, literary and cultural expressions of human beings. Finally, there are normative disciplines like law and ethics that see human beings as agents with responsibility and dignity. The human being is therefore studied as an organism, as a being that creates meaning and culture and as an accountable agent. Apart from those academic perspectives, each of us operates with an implicit understanding of him- or herself in different practical roles. Although all these perspectives on what it means to be human interact with each other, the question how to deal with this diversity remains insufficiently reflected.

The goals of the programme are 1) to identify those academic debates where there is an urgent need to transcend the boundaries of a discipline towards a more general perspective on the human being, and 2) to examine the theoretical and methodological resources of the humanities for articulating and developing forms of practical self-understanding. By ?practical self-understanding? we refer to the reflective capacity of human beings to integrate the diverse ways in which they can think about themselves into a coherent (or even consistent) perspective that is able to offer normative orientation. This capacity forms the basis of not only a large part of our everyday experiences, but also of many of our social, cultural and political institutions.
In ten subprojects, the research group, which consists of scholars from different disciplines, will:

(1) examine tensions between different perspectives on self-understanding in important contemporary debates in the natural sciences (such as in evolutionary biology, genetics, and psychiatry) and examine possible contributions of the humanities to those debates;
(2) investigate possible contributions of traditional humanities (literary theory, history, theology) to practical self-understanding;
(3) examine the relevance of normative conceptions of the human being both in the history of philosophy as well as in contemporary discourse in a bid to establish their relevance;
(4) analyze these three lines of research in order to achieve a provisional synthesis which would show the various ways in which those perspectives are connected.

This proposal will not only develop a contribution to practical self-understanding but will also provide an impulse for discussion on the meaning and purpose of the humanities, their relation to other disciplines, and their role in society.

Output

Boek of monografie

  • J De Mul (Ed)(2012): Artificial by nature: Plessner's philosophical anthropology
  • AWM Mooij(2012): Psychiatry as a human science. Phenomenological, hermeneutical and Lacanian perspectives.
  • J.J. Bolhuis, M. Everaert(2013): Birdsong, Speech & Language. Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain. , Cambridge, MA

Proefschrift

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • B Musschenga, B Siertsema, W Drees(2011): Het Kwaad: Reflecties op de zwarte zijde van ons bestaan pp. 141 - 151 , Vught
  • D Denys, A Mooij, G Meynen(2011): Handboek psychiatrie en filosofie pp. 189 - 199 , Utrecht
  • A Mooij, J Dirkx, M Hebbrecht, A Mooij, R Vermote(2011): Handboek psychodynamiek pp. 607 - 614 , Utrecht
  • P Kolmer, M Düwell, A.G. Wildfeuer(2011): Neues Handbuch philosophischer Grundbegriffe pp. 124 - 135 , Freiburg
  • P McNamara, WB Drees, WJ Wildman(2012): Science and the world's religions. pp. 185 - 207 , Santa Barbara, CA
  • D Heimböckel, A. Visser(2013): Kleist. Vom Schreiben in der Moderne pp. 1 - 10 , Bielefeld
  • M Schermer, A Kalis, G Meynen, M Boenink(2013): Komt een filosoof bij de dokter... pp. 112 - 120 , Meppel
  • B Musschenga, K Schaubroeck, C Hersfeld, A van Harskamp(2013): What makes us moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral pp. 51 - 72 , Dordrecht
  • I Robeyns(2013): Amartya Sen: Het Idee van Rechtvaardigheid (Nederlandse vertaling van The idea of justice) pp. 7 - 22 , Rotterdam
  • P Bruno, J De Mul, S Campbell(2013): The Science, Politics and Ontology of Life-Philosophy pp. 93 - 107 , London
  • J De Mul, P Bruno, S Campbell(2013): The Science, Politics and Ontology of Life-Philosophy pp. 93 - 107 , London
  • J De Mul, G D'Anna, H Joach, E.S. Nelson(2013): Dilthey, Anthropologie, und Geschichte pp. 459 - 478 , Würzburg
  • D Heimböckel, A. Visser(2013): Kleist. Vom Schreiben in der Moderne pp. 1 - 10 , Bielefeld
  • M Werner, A Grunwald, M Düwell(2013): Handbuch Technikethik pp. 158 - 163 , Stuttgart
  • G Gaus, I Robeyns, F d'Agostino(2013): The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy pp. 456 - 466 , New York
  • H LaFollette, I Robeyns, I Persson(2013): The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory pp. 412 - 432 , New York

Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • J de Mul(2011): Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World Frontiers of Philosophy in China pp. 628 - 655
  • KN Laland, GR Brown, RC Richardson, JJ Bolhuis(2011): Darwin in mind PLOS Biology pp. 1 - 8
  • I Robeyns(2011): Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (Book review) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews pp. 1 - 4
  • JJ Bolhuis(2011): Sense and sensibility (Book review) Trends in Ecology and Evolution pp. 1 - 2
  • W Drees(2011): Aping mankind: Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Book review) Times Higher Education pp. 48 - 49
  • C Harnacke, S Graumann(2012): Core principles of the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: an overview SIM Special: Netherlands Institute for Human Rights pp. 31 - 47
  • S de Maagt, F Jongepier(2012): De Ontmaskeraars Ontmaskerd,? review van Marc Slors' boek ?Dat Had Je Gedacht! Brein, Bewustzijn en Vrije Wil in Filosofisch Perspectief. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte pp. ? - ?
  • K Schaubroeck(2012): Waarom houd ik nu juist van hem? Filosofie & Praktijk pp. ? - ?
  • A Kalis(2012): Narrative truth and cases of delusion. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience pp. 87 - 89
  • AWM Mooij(2012): De toerekeningsvatbaarheid. Hoe verder? Delikt en delinkwent. Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht pp. 36 - 53
  • J de Mul(2012): Hermeneutic perspective: Intercultural hermeneutics in a globalized world [published in Chinese] International Aesthetics pp. 312 - 336
  • C Berwick, G Beckers, K Okanoya, J Bolhuis(2012): A bird's eye view of human language evolution Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience pp. 1 - 25
  • F Gutzwiller, N Biller-Andorno, C Harnacke, L Bollhalder, T Szucs, F Gutzwiller, M Schwenkglas(2012): Methoden von Nutzen bzw. Wert medizinischer Leistungen und ihre ethischen Implikationen. Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik pp. 28 - 34
  • C Harnacke(2012): Capability and disability: the CRPD from the perspective of the capabilities approach SIM Special: Netherlands Institute for Human Rights pp. 167 - 183
  • J De Mul(2012): The biotechnological sublime Diogenes pp. ? - ?
  • J De Mul(2013): The biotechnological sublime. Aesthetics beyond Art. Special issue of Diogenes. pp. 32 - 40
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Objectief onzeker en subjectief waar: geloven volgens Kierkegaard. Wijsgerig Perspectief pp. 6 - 12
  • S de Maagt, I Robeyns(2013): Can Person-Centered Care Deal With Atypical Persons? (commentary) American Journal of Bioethics pp. 44 - 46
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Objectief onzeker en subjectief waar: geloven volgens Kierkegaard. Wijsgerig Perspectief pp. 6 - 12
  • Berwick B, A.D. Friederici, N Chomsky, J.J. Bolhuis(2013): Evolution, brain and the nature of language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences pp. 89 - 98
  • R Claassen, M. Düwell(2013): The Foundations of Capability Theory Ethical Theory and Moral Practice pp. 493 - 510
  • S. de Maagt, I.A.M. Robeyns(2013): Can person-centered care deal with atypical persons? The American journal of bioethics pp. 44 - 46
  • S. de Maagt(2013): 'Beyond Liberalism: a Marxian Account of Liberty? review of Jeffrey Reiman, ?As Free and as Just as Possible Krisis pp. 67 - 70
  • A Kalis(2013): Zelfbegrip en de Powers of Ten Filosofie & Praktijk pp. 17 - 20
  • M Düwell, A Kalis, K Schaubroeck(2013): Niet alleen voor de geest: Perspectieven voor de geesteswetenschappen. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte pp. 55 - 58
  • A. Kalis(2014): Mentale toestanden in de psychologie Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte pp. 197 - 206
  • S. de Maagt(2014): In defence of fact-dependency Canadian Journal of Philosophy pp. 443 - 462
  • A Kalis, K. Schaubroeck(2014): Making ourselves whole: but how exactly? A commentary on Marya Schechtman Ethical Perspectives pp. 292 - 296
  • G. Meynen, A. Kalis(2014): Mental disorder and legal responsibility: The relevance of stages of decision-making International Journal of Law and Psychiatry pp. - - -
  • A. Kalis(2016): Brain disorders? Not really Behavioral and Brain Sciences pp. tba - tba
  • A. Kalis(2016): Hoe zaagt men van dik hout planken? Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte pp. 225 - 238

Professionele publicatie

  • J de Mul(2011): PedoBot® is niet boos, maar wel verdrietig (en soms opgewonden). pp. 56 - 63
  • M Düwell, A Kalis, K Schaubroeck(2012): Niet alleen voor de geest: Perspectieven voor de geesteswetenschappen.
  • A Kalis(2013): Review of Autonomy and Mental Disorder (Ed. L. Radoilska).
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Review of ?Kneeling at the altar of science pp. 496 - 497
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Review of ?Kneeling at the altar of science pp. 496 - 497
  • M Düwell(2013): Hoe belangrijk is wetenschap voor de moraal? Ofwel: Waarom denken soms een goed idee is pp. 12 - 16
  • A. Kalis, B.A. Kamphorst(2014): Why having one's rationality openly exploited might be considered manipulation pp. 579 - 583
  • A. Kalis(2014): Recensie van Basisboek Ethiek (Ed. van Hees, Nys & Robeyns)
  • A. Kalis(2015): Recensie van Being Amoral. Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity (Ed. Schramme)

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek

  • C Harnacke(2012): Ieder mens is gehandicapt
  • K Schaubroeck(2012): Is de mens meer dan een slimme aap?
  • K Schaubroeck(2012): Is het niet egoïstisch om met filosofie bezig te zijn?
  • K Schaubroeck(2012): Wat is uw mensbeeld?
  • M Düwell(2013): De Geest moet uit de fless
  • W Drees(2013): Geen ziel, maar niet zielig! pp. 4 - 6
  • M Düwell(2013): Nadenken over fundamentele concepten
  • K Schaubroeck(2013): Waar zijn we mee bezig? De toekomst van de humane wetenschappen pp. 194 - 223
  • C Harnacke(2013): Wat het betekent om mens te zijn
  • A. Kalis(2015): Vrouwen in de wetenschap, wat vinden we daar nu echt van?
  • A. Kalis(2016): How could you not know?

Publieksinformatie

  • M Düwell, J Bolhuis(2012): Bijdragen aan het e-book "Zijn wij ons brein?"
  • MJ van Stee(2012): ESSSAT Student Prize for MA thesis: "Philosophical anthropological assumptions in cognitive neuroscience of self"
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Neurowetenschap en/over/vs. existentie?
  • O.C. Bodde(2013): Over de representatie van ?inferieure? Moslims
  • C Harnacke(2013): Wat het betekent om mens te zijn
  • (2013): Transnational Justice and Democracy: Overcoming Three Dogmas of Political Theory.
  • M.J. van Stee(2013): Neurowetenschap en/over/vs. existentie?
  • O.C. Bodde(2013): Over de representatie van 'inferieure' Moslims
  • K Schaubroeck(2013): Waar zijn we mee bezig? De toekomst van de geesteswetenschappen
  • A Kalis(2013): Diagnose en zelfbegrip
  • A. Kalis(2015): Augustinus en het kwaad
  • A. Kalis(2015): Wat je denkt dat je denkt
  • A. Kalis(2016): Repliek op Trudy Dehue

Kenmerken

Projectnummer

317-20-010

Hoofdaanvrager

Prof. dr. M. Düwell

Verbonden aan

Universiteit Utrecht

Uitvoerders

Drs. O.C. Bodde, Drs. P.T. Chew, Prof. dr. M. Düwell, Dr. C.E. Harnacke, Dr. A. Kalis UD, Dr. S. de Maagt, Prof. dr. J. de Mul, Drs. K.G.M. Pols, Dr. K. Schaubroeck, Drs. M.J. van Stee, N. van Steenbergen, Drs. R. Viervant

Looptijd

01/05/2011 tot 30/09/2016