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Honorary doctorates 2004

On the occasion of each lustrum, the University confers honorary doctorates on prominent individuals, both domestic and international, whose work and life have a significant bearing on Humanistic Studies. In 2004, honorary doctorates have been conferred on:


Prof. Otto Duintjer
The University views his work on the intersection of philosophy and spirituality to be of huge social and scientific significance, also given the connection that Duintjer forges between humanism and spirituality. Otto Duintjer (1932) was professor of epistemology and metaphysics at the University of Amsterdam from 1970 to 1987. From 1987 until his retirement in 1997, he held the chair of  philosophy and spirituality at the same institution.

Prof. Seyla Benhabib
Seyla Benhabib (Istanbul 1950) is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She previously held positions at Harvard University (1993-2000) and the New School for Social Research (1991-93). In the summer of 2000 Benhabib held the Baruch de Spinoza chair at the University of Amsterdam. She received the honorary doctorate in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of social theory, in particular regarding critical theory and the feminist perspective.

In 2004, honorary doctorates have been conferred on Prof. Otto Duintjer and Prof. Seyla Benhabib.