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The Groningen Research Institute of Philosophy (GRIPh) was established in 2000 to guide, stimulate and unify all research carried out within the Faculty of Philosophy. Its mission is to cover the various philosophical fields and sub-disciplines as broadly as possible and to strive for quality that meets high international standards, ensuring sufficient critical mass and coherence of the three research programmes, which coincide with our organization's three departments: Theoretical Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and History of Philosophy. GRIPh’s strong emphasis on high-quality research is reflected in its recruitment policy (including the introduction of tenure tracks), its procedure for assessing research output and its active and successful strategy acquisition of competitive external funding. View list of the GRIPh Board members

High rankings

This research group is consistently ranked as one of the best Dutch philosophy departments in external assessments. Our research is recognized for its international influence across a wide range of topics in systematic philosophy, in particular epistemology, ethics, logic, philosophy of science, and cultural criticism, as well as in the history of philosophy, in particular ancient philosophy, medieval and early modern philosophy, and philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Our Graduate School of Philosophy which offers a Research Master's degree programme and a PhD programme in Philosophy, is part of this research institute.


Our researchers are also recognized for their active engagement within the public debate in the Netherlands. A distinctive feature is that much of the research is designed to be relevant to other disciplines, while methods and findings of other disciplines are in turn considered indispensable for GRIPh’s philosophical research. This is reflected in the content of the academic output, in the composition of the staff (a majority graduated in another discipline in addition to philosophy), and in the profile of the faculty’s educational programmes. Furthermore, GRIPh has been particularly successful in fundraising.

Quality Assessment: excellent

Recent quality assessments of both one of our degree programmes (Philosophy of a Specific Scientific Discipline) and of our research institute turned out very positively in 2012. The research conducted in the Faculty of Philosophy in the period 2005-2011 has been assessed by an international research assessment committee. The committee states: "In most of the areas in which it has specialized, GRIPh is producing research that is cutting-edge by international standards." Three of the four assessed research groups obtained the highest possible score: on each of the relevant criteria the research of these groups was judged 'excellent'. Research Assessment GRIPh (2005-2011), Full Report, published 2012 (This is the most recent assessment. As soon as new results are in, they will be published here.)

Spinoza Prize 2016

The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest distinction in Dutch academia. This prize was awarded to our Dean, professor Lodi Nauta in 2016.

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