Wageningen University
Thursday, May 24, 2018

What motivates us to do good?

What makes us human? What is morale? Where does it come from? How does this influence our actions?

May 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
What motivates us to do good?

About the Presenters

'My research focuses on issues in social epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Currently, most of it is in collective epistemology: can groups have beliefs and knowledge, are there collective intellectual virtues, what determines the epistemic performance of groups? I also apply these issues in thinking about the epistemic qualities of liberal democracy.

I teach epistemology, philosophy of science, business ethics, and – if I get the opportunity – philosophy of religion. Specifically, I teach an introduction to philosophy of science for students who minor in philosophy (see here) and a second year course on current trends in philosophy (see here).' (https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/jeroen-de-ridder)


'I am a PhD-researcher in the NWO-funded research project Evolutionary Ethics? The (Meta)-Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Explanations of Morality, headed by Prof. Mr. Dr. Herman Philipse and Prof. Dr. Johan Bolhuis.

In my PhD-research I seek to reconcile our scientific understanding of morality’s evolutionary origins, with our practical self-understanding as agents who (at least sometimes) purport to make objective moral judgments. Specific topics of my PhD-research include 'Evolutionary Debunking Arguments'; folk moral objectivism; 'Humean Constructivism'; antirealist accounts of moral objectivity; evolutionary contingency; 'proto-normativity'.

I also work as an essayist, columnist, journalist and editor. In 2013 I won the Academische Boekengids / Vrije Nederland essay award, with an essay on Stephen Jay Gould. In 2015 I was nominated for the Jan Hanlo Essaprijs klein, with an essay on love in the animal world. In 2014 I published my first book, co-authored with Dr. Han de Wit: Boeddhisme voor Denkers. In 2016 it was translated in  French as Bouddha Philosophe.   

In 2018 my book De andere afslag: hoe had het leven anders kunnen lopen?  will be published by Amsterdam University Press. The book – written for a broad adience – gives an analysis of historical counterfactuals, and proposes a method for assessing their accuracy.' https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/JKGHopster/0 


'Ik ben Cors Visser (1976) en heb een  interesse in zaken op het raakvlak van geloof en samenleving. In het dagelijks leven werk ik als directeur van ForumC, een forum voor geloof wetenschap en samenleving. In november 2013 promoveerde ik op het proefschift In de gunst bij het hele volk, religie, evangelicalen en de civil society.
Twee jaar later schreef ik naar aanleiding van dat onderzoek een boekje met wat kerken kunnen opsteken uit dergelijk onderzoek: De spelende kerk, hoe geloofsgemeenschappen de wereld veranderen.' - https://corsvisser.wordpress.com/about/