Research theme 1: Humanism
We study humanism in three ways. As an object of study, we analyse how humanism—with special attention to Dutch humanism - has developed as a social and intellectual tradition. We study the foundations of humanism, its core concepts and values, its historical manifestations, and its significance for the present and for our common future.
We are also examining humanism as a meaningful framework, in which values such as freedom, responsibility and justice play an important role. Finally, we pay particular attention to social resilience as a humanist endeavour.
Examples of research projects within this theme:
- Humanist sources of resilience
- Intervention profiles to help tackle loneliness and social isolation among elderly people
- Community resilience in Feijenoord (Rotterdam)
- Organising meaningful contact
- Interwovenness: Essays about a unifying humanism
More research projects can be found at the chair group pages.
You can read more about humanism as a research theme in our research programme.