Research: Streams and Focal Point
- Theoretical Philosophy
a. Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS)
b. Philosophy of Mind
- Practical Philosophy
b. Legal Philosophy
- History of Philosophy
a. Morality and Ethical Life
Modern democracies face a range of practical problems whose solution requires urgent action. How do liberal democracies change their values and legal orders in times of globalization and transcontinental migration? How do they cope with conflicting value systems? How should they implement the idea of global environmental justice, e.g., regarding the consequences of climate change? To what extent must democratic policy-making be preceded by open deliberation? Do democratic procedures bring us closer to the truth?
The focal point integrates highly ranked research areas in philosophy with a view to jointly exploring how a democratic society realizes its collective goals consonant with its values. Issues under this focal point have been named above, but more specific issues include the role of expert knowledge in democratic decision-making, epistemic arguments for democracy, context-dependent normative reasoning, and the transnationalization of politics and law.