René van Woudenberg

René van Woudenberg

“Whoever says something that has never been said before,
will probably say something that will never be said again!”


I am a professor of philosophy at VU University Amsterdam where I teach Epistemology and Metaphysics. Since 2013 I am also the director of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion.


Research areas

My research is on the following topics: scientism, responsible belief, chance & design, the philosophy of Thomas Reid, and the relation between philosophy, science and Christianity.



Currently I am the director of a large research project on "Science Beyond Scientism", sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Well over 20 persons are working in this project: post docs, PhD candidates and post grads. We work, broadly speaking, on the question whether science can answer philosophy's Big Questions about free will, morality, rational action and God.



I have studied Linguistics, Literature and Philosophy in Amsterdam. After having received my Ph.D. (my supervisor was Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University) I obtained a lavish grant from the Royal Dutch Academy of the Arts and Sciences ('Academy Fellowship') for work in epistemology. I have spent research leaves at the wonderful Philosophy Department of Notre Dame. From 2008-2013 I was the Dean of the Philosophy Department of VU University.


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