Master Thesis

When you consider to write your Master thesis with me or ask me as a second supervisor, the below might be of interest to you:

Themes you are always welcome with:

Moral Responsibility, Free Will, Autonomy, the Adaptive Unconscious, Embedded and Embodied Cognition, Moral Agency, Practical Reason, Morality, Evolution of Morality, Madness / Badness, Evil, Sanity, Rationality, Normativity, Narrativity.

General areas of specialisation: Metaethics, moral psychology, experimental ethics, philosophy of action, recent developments in the behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences.

Some philosophers whose work I know: David Hume, Harry G. Frankfurt, Hannah Arendt, Daniel Dennett, Michael Smith, Simon Blackburn, Christine Korsgaard, Allen Gibbard, Michael Bratman, Frans de Waal, G. Anscombe, Susan Wolf, Jay Wallace, Richard Rorty (some themes), Joshua Greene, Jesse Prinz. Some philosophically interesting scientists/publicists: Jonathan Haidt, A. Damasio, Daniel Wegner, Timothy Wilson, Victor Lamme, Daniel Batson.

Hobby’s (never written about, but interested in and familiar with): Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Foucault, George Herbert Mead, Cioran, Oliver Sacks, embodiment, sexuality, philsoophy of art, violence.

Some recent examples of theses I supervised:


  • J. Specker: The Evolution of Morality / Richard Joyce’s ‘genealogical debunking’ argument and Philippa Foot’s Natural Goodness (2009).
  • M. Roels: Does Hume’s Theory of Motivation Bar the Possibility of Moral Truth? (2007)
  • C. Dieterich: Morality and the Good Life: Three Philosophical Perspectives (2006)


  • Leon van den Berge: Is Vrije Wil Goed Genoeg? (over Dennett)  (2011)
  • Jeroen Toonen: Caring in ontwikkelingshulp (belangrijke filosoof: Harry Frankfurt) (2010)
  • Bram van den Bosch: The Experience of Free Will: Deliberate Effort or Awkward Emotion? (2010)
  • C. Twillart: Het verloren gesprek (belangrijke filosoof: Hannah Arendt) (2010)
  • M. Vroom: Cultuur. Identiteit and multiculturaliteit (2008)
  • M. Hoek: Ultimate Responsibility and Free Will (2004)

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