Lukas M. Verburgt   



Please find my complete C.V. here.

*Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society*

*Recipient of a 2022 Early Career Prize from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)* 

*Organizer of the History of Knowledge Seminar Series*

I am currently a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Fellow affiliated to the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). I’m the author of John Venn: A Life in Logic (The University of Chicago Press, 2021) and numerous journal articles, and (co-)editor of several edited volumes and special issues. 

My main field of expertise is the historical development of science and philosophy in modern Europe, with a focus on the Anglophone world, from the early nineteenth century to our 21st-century present.  

One of my central research aims is to understand major shifts in the nature and limits of scientific and philosophy knowledge, focusing on changes in disciplinary culture and epistemic norms. Why, how and where do humans produce knowledge? These questions have also led me to engage new paths of historical scholarship, dealing for instance with the creation of ignorance and changing perceptions of what is unknown and unknowable.  
Recent work has focused, for instance, on the transformation of natural philosophy into the sciences, the rise of philosophy as an academic discipline, and the Kantian legacy in British science and mathematics.  
I am also active as a historian of philosophy of science and history of science. Here, my central interest lies in probing the ways in which these fields have contributed to shaping their object of research - science - in the period from their emergence at the turn of the 20th century up to the present. Some of my recent publications deal with historiographical questions about the why and how of writing history of science in the 21st century.  

I obtained my PhD in Philosophy (2015) from the University of Amsterdam, where I also worked as a Lecturer for several years. Between 2021-2022 I was an Individual Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Previously, I was an NWO VENI Postdoctoral Researcher at the Freudenthal Institute, History and Philosophy of Science, at Utrecht University with a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). 

I have held visiting research positions at Leiden University, Trinity College, Cambridge, the Department for History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

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