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Chiel van den Akker is lecturer Historical Theory at the department of Art and Culture, History and Antiquities. His research interests include:

  • philosophy of history
  • historiography
  • hermeneutics
  • intellectual history
  • aesthetics
  • history education
  • digital humanities

He received his PhD in philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009 with a thesis on the nature of historical representation. 



Semester 1

  • Key Works in Contemporary Historical Thought (MA)
  • History and Theory (MA)
  • Theorie van de Geschiedenis (Ba,2)
  • Source Criticism and Hermeneutics for Computer Science Students (Ba,2)
  • Contributing to Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities (RMA)

Semester 2

  • Bijdrage aan Wetenschapsgeschiedenis (BA,2)

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

Selected 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

Philosophy of History
Philosophical Problems


Facultaire onderwijsprijs

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