Jeroen Hopster

'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.'