Abraham Kuyper Center

Research projects

Two major projects

The Abraham Kuyper Center is involved in two major research projects. Both projects are funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The projects will be outlined below.

 

The Epistemic Repsonsibilities of the University

September 2016 – September 2019

In september, we will start a new research project. This project is entitled ‘The Epistemic Repsonsibilities of the University’. In this project the future of the university will be discussed, focussing on the following central question:

“What are the epistemic values that the modern university ought to uphold, what responsibilities flow from these, and how can it meet these responsibilities in the face of contemporary challenges?”


Science beyond Scientism

January 2013 – September 2016

In the past, the bulk of the Center’s research is focused on the Science Beyond Scientism project. Scientism is the claim that the only science can give us genuine knowledge, even where it concerns the big questions of life. The goal of the Science Beyond Scientism project is twofold. On the one hand, we want to give a critical evaluation of scientism. On the other, we want to think about what alternatives to scientism would look like.

So is science indeed our only source of knowledge?

If so, can we have about, for instance, moral matters or knowledge about other normative issues? If not, what other sources of knowledge are there and how do they relate to science as a source of knowledge.