Imagine you've been out on the town and had a few glasses too many. You occasionally remember fragments of the evening, but your memory is mostly hazy. You may be called out on your behaviour — very embarrassing, and you’ll likely respond that you had had a few too many and that you weren’t being yourself. And that may be a more logical answer than you might think. Seventeenth century philosopher John Locke also considered this issue. He posited that your personal identity is linked to the memories and experiences that you carry with you. If you cannot remember that evening, were you still the same person as you are the next morning?
Through the Universiteit van Nederland, inspiring academics share interesting and new insights from their fields of research by means of short lectures. They bring science to life for a young and wide-ranging public by answering provocative questions in various formats. From dark matter to animals’ experiences of love: just about everything is covered.
On Thursday 1 October, Sjoerd Griffioen defended his PhD thesis, entitled Contested Modernity: Karl Löwith, Hans Blumenberg and Carl Schmitt and the German Secularization Debate. He received his PhD degree with the distinction cum laude.
Andrea Sangiacomo of the Faculty of Philosophy enlisted the help of the Data Science team at the Centre for Information Technology (CIT), which was able to generate refreshing insights using Artificial Intelligence.
Philosopher Lisa Herzog, associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, is member of an international research team that wrote the article An Ethical Framework for global vaccine allocation, which was published in Science on 3 September. The...