This final quartile of the track is dedicated to your personal project. You are granted a great deal of freedom in choosing a subject, but the result should be a final paper that can meet the standards of a professional publication. It may be about any (ethical, scientific, societal, political…) issue that you analyse philosophically, or it may be about any philosophical text that you analyse, discuss, and comment upon. However, it is compulsory that before starting your research and writing, you deliver a problem statement and a brief working plan to be judged for its feasibility and philosophical quality. You may work together with your fellow students on the same project, provided that in the working plan specific tasks are set for different students, so that you can be graded individually. The seminars of this course are exclusively dedicated to supervision of the projects.
The Project will take place in the fourth quartile of the second year. It will be directed by René Munnik and Jan Hoogland. It contains group sessions and supervision meetings. A guideline for writing a (short) thesis will be available at the beginning of the course.
René Munnik graduated in chemistry (1974), theology (1980), and philosophy (1982). In 1987 he defended his PhD thesis on the metaphysics of the mathematician-philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, entitled De wereld als creatieve voortgang – De ontwikkeling van een totaliteitsgedachte bij A.N. Whitehead.
Since 1987 he teaches philosophy – especially metaphysics, philosophy of science for the humanities, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of religion – at the universities of Nijmegen, Tilburg and Twente. At the moment he is associate professor at Tilburg School of Theology (Tilburg/Utrecht) and he holds the (endowed) Thomas More chair in philosophy at the University of Twente.
After his doctorate, most of his research was devoted to epistemological questions regarding the relationship of natural sciences and the humanities. At the moment, his academic interests concern philosophy of technology and technological mediation, which resulted in his most recent Dutch book –Tijdmachines. Over de technische onderwerping van vergankelijkheid en duur (Klement, 2013).
Jan Hoogland (1959) studied Sociology (bach.) and Philosophy in Rotterdam (Erasmus University). In 1992 he defended his PhD thesis on the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno and his view on the role of metaphysics in modern philosophy: Autonomie en antinomie. Adorno’s ambivalente verhouding tot de metafysica (Autonomy and antinomy. Adorno’s ambivalent relationship to metaphysics) (cum laude). Since 1997 he is holder of the Chair of Christian Philosophy at the University of Twente.
Hoogland has published some books and many articles in books, journals and magazins. Last year he published with Jochem Quartel Levenskunst voor iedereen. With three colleagues he wrote Denken, ontwerpen, maken. Basisboek techniekfilosofie (2007), which recently is published in English: Philosophy of technology. An introduction for technology and business students.
Beside his special chair at the University of Twente, Jan Hoogland is professor in ‘Formative Education’ at Viaa University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle and assistant professor in Public Administration at VU University in Amsterdam.