dr. C.M. van den Akker

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Chiel van den Akker is lecturer Theory of History at the department of Art and Culture, History and Antiquities. He is the author of Elementaire Deeltjes - Geschiedenis (Athenaeum 2019) and The Exemplifying Past. A Philosophy of History (Amsterdam University Press 2018). 

He received his PhD in Philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009 with a thesis on the nature of historical representation. He graduated with distinction (cum laude) in History at the same university.

Hij is lid van het meesterschapsteam vakdidactiek geschiedenis.

Over Geschiedenis - Elementaire Deeltjes 2019. Elke samenleving kent manieren om met het verleden om te gaan. In de negentiende eeuw groeide geschiedenis uit tot een wetenschappelijke discipline, maar nieuw was het vak niet: al in de oudheid waren er geschiedschrijvers. In het Elementaire Deeltje Geschiedenis maakt Chiel van den Akker duidelijk wat iedereen over geschiedenis zou moeten weten. Aan de hand van een select gezelschap van inspirerende en invloedrijke denkers stelt hij de vraag: waar hebben we geschiedenis eigenlijk voor nodig?

 

About The Exemplifying Past. A Philosophy of History 2018. This book addresses a wide range of philosophical problems about history and the semantics of time. The point of departure is the distinction between events under the description of past witnesses and their contemporaries and events under the description of historians. Its main claim is that a thesis on the past is exemplified rather than being justified by the available evidence. Such thesis, the book argues, retroactively becomes concrete in the past under consideration. This book will not only appeal to philosophers and historians, but to students and scholars across the humanities.

 

 

Teaching

2019-2020

Semester 1

  • Key Works in Contemporary Historical Thought (MA)
  • History and Theory (MA)
  • Theorie van de Geschiedenis (Ba,2)
  • Contributing to Introduction to Digital Hermeneutics and Social Analytics (Minor, Ba,3)

Semester 2

  • Bijdrage aan Wetenschapsgeschiedenis (BA,2)
  • Contributing to Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities (RMA)

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hermeneutics Social Sciences
cultural heritage Social Sciences
event Social Sciences
History Arts & Humanities
interpretation Social Sciences
Art Arts & Humanities
Historical Representation Arts & Humanities
Philosophy of History Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2001 2019

The Exemplifying Past: A Philosophy of History

van den Akker, C. M., 2018, Amsterdam University Press. 160 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Historian
Philosophy of History
Philosophical Problems
Witness
History

Arthur Danto, the end of art, and the philosophical view of history

Van Den Akker, C., 2019, In : Journal of the Philosophy of History. 13, 2, p. 235-256 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Arthur Danto
Art
History
Philosophy of History
Plausibility

Geschiedenis

van den Akker, C. M., Sep 2019, Amsterdam: Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep. 144 p. (Elementaire Deeltjes; vol. 65)

Research output: Book / ReportBookProfessional

Decolonization
War Crimes
Government
Crime
Foreign Affairs

De Relevantie van Geschiedenis

van den Akker, C. M., 2018, Geschiedenis aan de Zuidas: Essays van VU-historici. van Lieburg, F. (ed.). Amsterdam: Prometheus, p. 19-26 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Prizes

Facultaire onderwijsprijs

C.M. van den Akker (Recipient), 2016

PrizeAcademic