The Abraham Kuyper Center (AKC) is established in 2013 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The center is part of the department of Philosophy within the Faculty of Humanities.
The Center aims to stimulate and facilitate the reflection on the big questions that scientific research raises, on a scientific level as well as in the public debate.
Two main activities
- Academic research into the relations between science and the big questions and;
- organization of public lectures, discussions, and seminars for a broader audience about these themes. The goal of this is to stimulate academic and public debates about science and the big questions and to raise them to a higher level.
At the Abraham Kuyper Center, we think that scientific research has taught, and continues to teach us fascinating things about what it is to be human, about free will, rationality, morality, and religious belief. At the same time, we believe that there is more to be said about these topics than what natural science has to offer. Philosophical reflection on these topics is necessary, just as contributions from other humanities perspectives.
Name giver Abraham Kuyper
The Center is named after the founder of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper, who had a great interest in the diversity of our sources of knowledge and a keen eye for both the possibilities and the limitations of science.
The Abraham Kuyper Center and the two main research projects are funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.