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Julia Hermann is an Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.
Jeroen Hopster is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University, working at the intersection of Ethics and Philosophy of Science, Netherlands.
Wouter Kalf is University Lecturer in Practical Philosophy at Leiden University, Netherlands.
Michael Klenk is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the ERC-funded project ‘Value Change’ at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Introduction, Julia Hermann, Jeroen Hopster, Wouter Kalf, Michael KlenkPart I: Philosophical Progress1. The Many Roads to Progress in Philosophy and Theology, Rik Peels2. Philosophical Progress and Cumulative Cultural Evolution, Wybo Houkes And Krist Vaesen3. Ethics in Context, Julia Hermann4. Conceptual Engineering in Practical Philosophy, Or How Moral Sceptics Can and Should Improve the World, Wouter KalfPart II: Philosophical Methods5. Thought Experiments and the (Ir-)Relevance of Intuitions in Philosophy, Daniel Cohnitz6. The Methods of Connective Analysis in Analytic Philosophy, Peter Hacker7. The Criterion of Simplicity in Science and Ethics, Richard Swinburne8. Three Questions About Systematic Moral Theory, Sophie-Grace Chappell9. Philosophy of Causation in the Age of Science, Rosa RunhardtPart III: Societal Relevance10. Omnivores and Synthesisers. Academic Philosophers as Interdisciplinary Specialists, Michael Klenk11. Shall We Adapt? Evolutionary Ethics and Climate Change, Jeroen Hopster12. The Difference of Philosophy, Rozemund Uljée13. Should Philosophers Begin to Employ New Methods if They Want to Become More Societally Relevant? Ibo Van De PoelBibliography
Is there progress in philosophy? Does philosophy have sound methods? Should philosophy be relevant to society? This thought-provoking volume in the philosophy of philosophy presents original answers to these questions. It is a clear testament not only to the breadth and depth of Herman Philipse’s work, but also to his stimulating influence on students, colleagues, and interlocutors. Highly recommended.— Jeroen de Ridder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Herman Philipse’s intellectual engagements have been mainly negative and critical. He argued against theism, claiming it is irrational; against Heidegger, claiming it is crypto-theology; against many theologians, claiming they are crypto-atheists. In doing so, he relied on a view of philosophy that gives pride of place to science. This view, which tilts towards ‘scientism’, is ably discussed and partly criticized in this very nice volume, in honor of one The Netherland’s most vocal public intellectuals.— René van Woudenberg, Professor of Epistemology and Metaphysics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
This volume is highly recommended to both practical and theoretical philosophers, and especially to everyone pondering meta-philosophical questions about how philosophy ought to be done, where it is headed, and what its role should be within society. With metaphilosophy on the rise, it is safe to predict that the essays collected in this volume will remain relevant in the years to come.— Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
[The] editors have done a really good job with this festschrift. It contains contributions
from a wide range of disciplines and really attests to the broad scope of Herman Philipse’s work.— International Journal of Technoethics