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What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?

On November 26th, our project member Sjang ten Hagen presented his historical research on virtues and vices during the two-day conference “What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?: Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the History of Philosophy?.” The conference was organized by Lukas Verburgt and included Quassim Cassam, Adeshina Afolayan, Michael Beaney, and Lisa Shapiro as keynote speakers (see below for the entire programme). The aim of the conference was… Read More »What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?

The History of Academic Work Pressure

Scholarly virtues and vices figured prominently in a symposium on the history of academic work pressure, held in Leiden on October 8, 2021. A Dutch-language report on the symposium can be found here and here. Interviews with the organizers, Dirk van Miert and Herman Paul, appeared in Historisch Nieuwsblad and Mare.

Inaugural address

On June 28, Herman Paul held his inaugural address as Professor of the History of the Humanities at Leiden University. In the address, titled “Kritisch denken: over het ethos van de geesteswetenschappen”, the case of “critical thinking” was used to illustrate what a longue durée, comparative history of the humanities might look like – and what we can learn from such historical projects. The address, in Dutch, can be read below.

Article: ‘Wanneer wetenschappers elkaar wantrouwen’

Project members Edurne De Wilde, Anne Por and Hidde Slotboom recently wrote an article for the magazine Wonderkamer. In the article, titled ‘Wanneer wetenschappers elkaar wantrouwen’, the authors investigate how and why scholars distrust each other – a tendency in science that has a long history. They trace such distrust back to the seventeenth century and distinguish different appearances of this vice. Wonderkamer is a magazine about the history of… Read More »Article: ‘Wanneer wetenschappers elkaar wantrouwen’

Publication: ‘Wiskunde als remedie tegen wetenschappelijke ondeugden’

Project member Anne Por wrote an article for the December issue of the Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, a journal published by the Koninklijk Wiskundig Genootschap. In the article, titled ‘Een wondermiddel tegen huichelarij, dweepzucht, en ongebreidelde fantasie: Wiskunde als remedie tegen wetenschappelijke ondeugden’, Anne compared the ideas of professor of philosophy Karl Hermann Scheidler (1795-1866) to those of Pieter van Geer, professor of mathematics and physics in Leiden (1841-1919). Both scholars found that mathematics could help… Read More »Publication: ‘Wiskunde als remedie tegen wetenschappelijke ondeugden’

21st-century virtues and vices: collecting stories from the field

How are academics molded by the institutions in which they work? What do teaching and mentoring do with the kind of persons we are? How does competition for money or status affect our mental habits? What kind of conduct do 21st-century universities encourage (e.g., by rewarding it) or discourage? In short, what are typically 21st-century academic virtues and vices? These are central questions for a series of guest columns on… Read More »21st-century virtues and vices: collecting stories from the field

Driburger Kreis Conference

On the 23rd of September, project member Anne Por gave a talk at the conference of Driburger Kreis, which had ‘Toxikalität’ as a theme this year. Anne spoke about ‘Hodegetik: A Way of Warning Students about ‘Toxic’ Scholarly Habits, 1700-1900′. Read more about the conference at:

Inaugural address

Herman Paul’s inaugural address as Professor of the History of the Humanities at Leiden University will take place on January 15, 2021, 4:15pm. Attendance in the Academy Building will be limited, due to Covid-19, but a livestream will be available. In his address, Paul will use the case of “critical thinking” to illustrate how a longue durée, comparative history of the humanities might look like – and what we can… Read More »Inaugural address

Project presentation

Four members of the ‘Scholarly Vices’ project will present their projects at the Scientiae conference 2021. The conference will take place at the University of Amsterdam, from 9-12 June 2021. More information can be found at

Scholarly Virtues and Research Integrity

On 3 December 2020, Herman Paul will give a talk on “Virtues and Vices in 21st-Century Academia: Historical and Research Ethical Perspectives” at the (online) annual symposium of the Netherlands Research Integrity Network. For more information, see