Blind Spots and the View from Nowhere. Obstacles in the Search for Knowledge and Happiness - Prof. dr. Hans Thijssen

Professor of history of philosophy - Radboud University Nijmegen.

Introduction
Professor Thijssen seeks to open new perspectives from philosophy on the “big questions” that are inherent in the human predicament. His latest book (in Dutch) is: ‘What philosophers know. About the desire for happiness and the hunger for knowledge’. His talk will contribute to the goal of our conference to see beyond our blind spot. The search for happiness is a characteristic of our generation and the hunger for knowledge a well-known characteristic for us scientists.

Biography
Hans Thijssen received his academic formation at Radboud University, the Université Catholique de Louvain, Harvard University and UC Santa Barbara. He is the recipient of many generous research grants from several scientific organizations. In 1996 he founded the scientific journal Early Science and Medicine (Brill Publishers) and in 1997 the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science.