Appel à candidatures pour un contrat doctoral sur la réception de la psychologie de Thomas d’Aquin (13e-17e siècles) à l’université de Nimègue

La date limite d'envoi des candidatures est le 17 septembre. Les
candidatures doivent être soumises par voie électronique en suivant ce lien


Delphine Bellis

PhD Candidate: Reception of Aquinas’ Psychology (0,8 - 1,0 fte)

*Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies*
*Vacancy number: 21.05.15*
*Application deadline: 17 September 2015*

As a PhD candidate, you will conduct research on the PhD project The
Reception of Thomas Aquinas’ Philosophical Psychology (13th-17th

Short description of the project:
The introduction of the corpus aristotelicum into university curricula in
the 13th century created tensions in the various branches of natural
philosophy, metaphysics and ethics. In the field of philosophical
psychology, Thomas Aquinas was among the first authors to incorporate the
views of Aristotle (and of his commentator Averroes) in his accounts of the
soul. He did so against a background that was largely dominated by
Neoplatonizing authors such as Augustine and Avicenna. Unsurprisingly,
Aquinas’ psychological views rapidly became the object of debate and
remained a permanent point of reference. Aquinas’ views thus constitute an
excellent starting point for a study of aspects of philosophical psychology
from the late Middle Ages until the early modern period.

The Research Institute in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies calls
for PhD proposals concerning a specific aspect of the reception of Thomas
Aquinas’ views in the field of philosophical psychology from the late 13th
until the 17th century. Possible topics are: soul and body; soul and
substantial form; the powers and habits of the soul; the immortality of the
soul; the ‘separate’ soul and its powers; etc. The Institute especially
welcomes proposals that combine doctrinal and institutional perspectives
(e.g. ecclesiastical condemnations, university regulations, etc.) on the
reception of Aquinas’ views.
Work environment

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies aims at providing
the best possible academic learning and working environment for its 600
students and 140 staff members.
The PhD project will be carried out as part of the Faculty’s Research
Programme I (‘Competing Worldviews’) in the Chair of History of Philosophy.
You will participate in regular research seminars and be a part of a lively
research environment. You will be trained and supervised in accordance with
the regulations of the Radboud Graduate School for the Humanities. You will
be a member of this school and have access to all courses, meetings and
facilities offered by it.
What we expect from you

   - MA in philosophy, preferably in the history of medieval and/or early
   modern philosophy;
   - good knowledge of Latin and excellent command of written and spoken
   English (C2 level);
   - ability to conduct research autonomously, analyse complex problems and
   develop sound arguments;
   - maturity, self-motivation and the ability to work both independently
   and as a team player;
   - good communication and organizational skills.

What we have to offer

   - employment: 0,8 - 1,0 fte;
   - in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3%
   end-of-year bonus;
   - gross starting salary will amount to €2,125 per month based on
   full-time employment, and will increase to €2,717 per month in the fourth
   year (P scale);
   - in accordance with university policy, you will be appointed for an
   initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be
   evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by
   2.5 years (in case of a 0.8 appointment: by 3.5 years);;
   - you will be classified as a PhD candidate (‘promovendus’) in the Dutch
   university job-ranking system (UFO).

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions
Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious
Studies <>

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof.dr. P.J.J.M. Bakker, Professor Medieval and Renaissance philosophy
Telephone: +31 24 3612756

Prof.dr. D.A.T. Müller, Professor History of Christianity
Telephone: +31 24 3612606
Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of prof.dr. P.J.J.M. Bakker)
exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include
(and be limited to) the following attachments:

   - motivation letter
   - CV
   - research proposal with bibliography and work programme (three A4 pages

For more information on your application: +31 24 3611173.

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