We are very pleased to announce the appointment of professor dr. Igor Douven to the prestigious Endowed Chair of our Faculty.
The Endowed Chair is part of the strategic plan of the Board of the University to increase the number of excellent researchers at the University of Groningen. The Chair is financed by the Board of the University for a period of five years. Besides financing a professorship, the Chair provides funding for a number of PhD students and Postdocs to be supervised by the holder of the Chair.
The professor who is appointed to the Endowed Chair must be a leading, internationally-recognized researcher.
Igor Douven is just such a candidate. Currently he is research professor at the Faculty of Philosophy at Leuven University. He is director of the research group Formal Epistemology: Foundations and Applications , which is financed by a Flemish Odysseus grant (a kind of equivalent of the Dutch VICI grant). Douven will bring three PhD students and two Postdocs from his Belgian group to Groningen.
As a philosopher, Douven has wide-ranging interests and is very prolific, producing work of the highest quality. His areas of specialization are: epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, metaphysics. His areas of competence are philosophical logic, decision theory and aesthetics.
He has published over 100 articles, the majority of them in journals like Mind, Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly and The Philosophical Review and continues to add to this impressive record.
Douven will conduct his research in the department of Theoretical Philosophy. In addition, he will lecture on philosophy of language, analytical metaphysics, formal epistemology and philosophy of science. He will begin 1 September 2010.
Douven graduated in Law and Philosophy. He also did the final exam Performing Artist, piano, at the Conservatory Maastricht. He has been a performing pianist for several years.
We very much look forward to working with him in the Faculty.
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