VU researcher and philosopher Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed as URC professor

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) will appoint Catarina Dutilh Novaes as Professor of Reasoning and Argumentation, and their History at the University Research Chair on 1 January 2019.

11/23/2018 | 1:53 PM

With this program, the VU recognizes excellent scientists as future leaders in their field. They are selected because of their excellence and potential for the future. Catarina Dutilh Novaes amply meets the standard quality requirements for professors, transcends her colleagues in the same position and has the most potential for rapid development. Since 2013, 20 professors have been appointed to the prestigious URC chair. The new professor is associated with the Faculty of Humanities.

Research into a better understanding of argumentation
Argumentation - the practice of giving and asking for reasons to support claims - is an important part of scientific research, legal procedures and politics. Dutilh Novaes: "But in many cases argumentation does not achieve its supposed goal of promoting consensus and the dissemination of reliable information. Recent events in world politics, such as Brexit, the American elections and the refugee crisis, show that a better understanding of what argumentation can and cannot do for us is urgently needed. "

Career
Catarina Dutilh Novaes worked from 2011 to 2018 as Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen. She had an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Groningen and is also an external member at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU). The expertise of Dutilh Novaes is broad, and includes, among other things, the philosophy and history of logic and mathematics. She is also involved in social issues related to gender issues and racism. From 2011 to 2016 she led the NWO-VIDI project 'The Roots of Deduction', an investigation into the origins and practices of deductive reasoning, especially in mathematics. Her research is also characterized by collaboration with cognitive scientists and psychologists.