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Adriaenssen, Dr Han Thomas

Han Thomas Adriaenssen
Han Thomas Adriaenssen

Han Thomas Adriaenssen is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy. He specializes in the history of epistemology and cognitive psychology, more specifically the work of mediaeval and early modern philosophers including Thomas of Aquino and René Descartes. Adriaenssen wrote a book about the mediaeval roots of René Descartes’ ideas. He also gave lectures about the importance of studying lesser-known thinkers alongside the more famous philosophers.

Han Thomas Adriaenssen manages to explain seemingly difficult philosophical problems in clear and simple terms. He was elected Lecturer of the Year in the Faculty of Philosophy three times: in 2010, 2012 and 2013. In addition to his teaching activities at the University, Adriaenssen also gives philosophy workshops to secondary school pupils.

Adriaenssen graduated in Philosophy and Italian in Groningen and Siena (both cum laude (with distinction)), and spent time studying in Saint Petersburg. In 2008, he was awarded a Top Talent grant by NWO and obtained a PhD (again cum laude) in 2013 with a thesis about scepticism and representation.

Han Thomas Adriaenssen has been a member of the Young Academy Groningen since 2016. His responsibilities include academic policy and stimulating interdisciplinary research projects.

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Adriaenssen, H. T. (2023). Suárez's Argument against Real Universals. Mind. Advance online publication.


Adriaenssen, H. T., & Nauta, L. (2023). Robert Boyle and Natural Kinds. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 9(3), 554-573.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2022). Digby on Accidents. In L. Georgescu, & H. T. Adriaenssen (Eds.), The Philosophy of Kenelm Digby (1603-1665) (pp. 203-222). (International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées ; Vol. 239). Springer.
Adriaenssen, H. T., & Georgescu, L. (2022). Introduction: The Digbean Way, or Navigating Between the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’. In L. Georgescu, & H. T. Adriaenssen (Eds.), The Philosophy of Kenelm Digby (1603-1665) (pp. 1-34). (International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées ; Vol. 239). Springer.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2022). Pomponazzi on Identity and Individuation. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 60(1), 25-46.


Adriaenssen, H. T., de Jong, M., Reitz-Joosse, B., & Sietsma, E. (2021, Sept 6). Een slimmer academisch jaar. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW).
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2021). Locke on Individuation and Identity. In J. Gordon-Roth, & S. Weinberg (Eds.), The Lockean Mind (pp. 237-243). (Routledge Philosophical Minds). Routledge.
Adriaenssen, H. T., & Alma, S. (2021). Thomas Hobbes and Thomas White on Identity and Discontinuous Existence. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 102(3), 429-454.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2021). Thomas White on Location and the Ontological Status of Accidents. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, 10, 1-35.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2019). Common Conceptions and the Metaphysics of Material Substance: Domingo de Soto, Kenelm Digby and Johannes de Raey. Journal of Early Modern Studies, 8(1), 117-139.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2019). John Sergeant and Antoine Le Grand on the Occasional Cause of Cognition. In S. Bender, & D. Perler (Eds.), Causation and Cognition in Early Modern Philosophy (pp. 274-294). Routledge.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2019). Peter Auriol and Adam Wodeham on Perception and Judgment. In B. Glenney, & J. F. Silva (Eds.), The Senses and the History of Philosophy (pp. 149-162). Routledge.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2018). Antoine le Grand on the identity over time of the human body. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 26(6), 1084-1109 .
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2018). Review of Michael Jacovides, Locke's image of the world. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 26(6), 1237-1238.


Adriaenssen, H., & de Boer, S. (2019). Between Atoms and Forms: Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics in Kenelm Digby. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 57(1), 57-80.
Adriaenssen, H. (2017). Peter Auriol on the Intuitive Cognition of Nonexistents: Revisiting the Charge of Skepticism in Walter Chatton and Adam Wodeham. Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, 5, 151-180.
Adriaenssen, H. (2017). Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes. Cambridge University Press.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2015). Book review: Perception and the Internal Senses. Peter of John Olivi on the Cognitive Functions of the Sensitive Soul, by Juhana Toivanen. Vivarium, 53(1), 126-128.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2015). The radical Cartesianism of Robert Desgabets and the scholastic heritage. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 23(1), 46-68.
Adriaenssen, H. (2015). The Representation of Hercules: Ockham's Critique of Species. Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale, 26, 433-455.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2014). Anti-Skepticism in the Wake of Descartes: The Case of Pierre-Sylvain Régis. In Working Papers of the Québec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (Vol. 1, pp. 94-114).
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2014). Peter John Olivi and Peter Auriol on conceptual thought. Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, 2, 67-97.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2014). Review: José Filipe Silva and Mikko Yrjönsuuri (eds.), Active Perception in the History of Philosophy: From Plato to Modern Philosophy. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.


Adriaenssen, H. T. (2011). An Early Critic of Locke: The Anti-Scepticism of Henry Lee. Locke Studies, 11, 17-47.
Adriaenssen, H. T. (2011). Peter John Olivi on perceptual representation. Vivarium, 49(4), 324-352.
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