Research Institutes

Research institutes Faculty of Philosophy

Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

The Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE), founded in 1997, is a multidisciplinary research institute and graduate school affiliated with Erasmus University Rotterdam. The institute offers a research programme that combines the expertise of the Faculty of Humanities, the Erasmus School of Economics, the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. EIPE members of staff teach the core courses that form the Faculty of Philosophy’s Research Master in Philosophy and Economics. This English-taught Research Master is open to students with a background in economics or philosophy. Students are immersed in both sciences during the course of the degree, and so acquire the analytical and research skills required for a PhD and/or junior researcher position.

More information: EIPE website

Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies

The Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies was founded in 2005 on the initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Library. In addition to the Professor of History of Philosophy affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy, the Center is run by the Professor of History of Law (Faculty of Law) and the Professor of Early Modern History (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication). A significant percentage of the research currently conducted by the members of the Center is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and NIAS.

The research carried out at the Erasmus Center mainly focuses on the way in which individuals, societies and government agencies developed in the early modern period, here defined as ranging from Erasmus to Bayle, i.e. 1450-1750 AD. The research centre actively takes part in the present-day debate on politics, social engagement and Erasmus’s legacy by organising tours, exhibitions, seminars and lectures. Moreover, it hosts a monthly research seminar.

Although the Erasmus Center has an international orientation, it is inextricably bound up with the city of Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Library has the world’s largest collection of works by Erasmus. The Erasmus Center is largely responsible for ensuring that this cultural heritage is preserved and for developing it, both for the people of Rotterdam and for the academic community.

More information: Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies website

Centre for Art and Philosophy

The Centre for Art and Philosophy was established on the personal initiative of several philosophers affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy. The Centre was founded in 1990. One of its founders was Dr Awee Prins. The Centre focuses on research on subjects on the interface between philosophy and art. Such subjects are also part of the curriculum taught by the Philosophy programme. In addition, the members of this centre give lectures and workshops, participate in debates and publish scholarly articles.

More information: Centre for Art and Philosophy (CAP)

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW)

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy is a partnership between the faculties or departments of philosophy of eleven Dutch universities (Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Groningen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Leiden University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, University of Twente, Amsterdam VU University). The institute’s main objectives are as follows:

  • organising courses, summer/winter schools and other research training for PhD students and research master students;
  • facilitating and encouraging researchers working in the field of academic philosophy to collaborate with their peers in the Netherlands and abroad.

More information: The Dutch Research School of Philosophy website

Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities was founded in 2012 and is a partnership between three faculties of Erasmus University Rotterdam: the Faculty of Philosophy, the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The Graduate School seeks to develop an environment and infrastructure in which young academic talent is supported and nurtured.

More information: Graduate School of Social Sciences website