Abraham Kuyper Center

Naomi Kloosterboer, MA

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In September 2013 I started my PhD in Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit  Amsterdam. My project focuses on rational agency and is part of the overarching project ‘Science beyond Scientism’, directed by prof.dr. René van Woudenberg. In 2015 I have visited the University of Birmingham for two months and in 2016 I was a Visiting Fellow of Philosophy at Harvard University.

After an interdisciplinary bachelor in the Social and Exact Sciences, I enrolled in the research master of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). During my masters I went abroad for one year and studied at the Free University of Berlin. In the summer of 2012 I finished my studies with a thesis on the relation between emotions and rational agency.

In the sequential year I had the pleasure of teaching first-year students an ‘Introductory Course in Practical Philosophy’ at the UvA. In 2012 and 2013 I was also involved in the student-debate organization happyChaos, which resulted in directing an event about alienation in the city theatre of Amsterdam.

Areas of expertise

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, Moral Psychology.


My research within the project ‘Science Beyond Scientism’ focuses on rational agency and self-knowledge. More specifically, I engage in discussions centered around transparency. Gareth Evans famously observed that when I answer a question about my mental life, e.g. ‘Do I believe that p?’, I consider the same things that I would attend to if I were to answer a question about the topic of my mental attitude, i.e., in this case p. I think this idea is very intuitive: if someone asks me whether I believe that it is raining, my thoughts will be about the weather and not about the mental state itself. However, I also think it’s an intuition that is hard to account for and that conflicts with certain dominant views about mental agency, about the nature of mental attitudes, and about the supremacy of the third person perspective regarding claims to knowledge.


  • Kloosterboer, N. 2015. “Transparent Emotions? A Critical Analysis of Moran’s Transparency Claim.” Philosophical Explorations 18 (2): 246—258.
  • Van Woudenberg, R. and N. Kloosterboer. Submitted. “Three Transparency Claims to Self-Knowledge. A Discussion of Richard Moran’s Views.”
  • Wieland, J. W. and N. Kloosterboer. Resubmitted. “Enhancing Responsibility.”