Work in progress

Research Project

    As of September 2012, I am conducting the project Axiomatics and the Emergence of Biology as a Science at the TU Dortmund, for which I received the Hendrik Casimir - Karl Ziegler Resarch Grant of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW)

Work in Progress

    Van den Berg, H & Betti, A. Modelling the History of Ideas. Submitted
    Van den Berg, H & Betti, A & Speckman, B & Verbeek, K. Mapping the History of Logic (in progress)
    Van den Berg, H. Animal Cognition and eighteenth-century German Rationalism (in progress)

Publications & Finished work


    Kant on Proper Science. Biology in the Critical Philosophy and the Opus postumum. 300 pages. Forthcoming with Springer Studies In German Idealism.

    Doctoral Dissertation, Faculty of Philosophy, VU University Amsterdam, 2011 (cum laude). Awarded the Research Prize Praemium Erasmianum 2011, in recognition of an exceptional PhD Dissertation in the humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands.

Articles in journals

    Van den Berg, H. (2013) The Wolffian Roots of Kant's Teleology. Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science

    Van den Berg, H. (2013). Wolff and Kant on Scientific Demonstration and Mechanical Explanation. Forthcoming in Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie
    Van den Berg, H. (2011). Kant's conception of proper science. Synthese 183 (1): 7-26. DOI: In:

    (A Betti, W. R. de Jong and M. Martijn) The Classical Model of Science II – The Axiomatic Method, the Order of Concepts and the Hierarchy of Sciences , special issue of Synthese (with papers by Hein van den Berg, Anita Konzelmann-Ziv, Patrick Suppes, Jaakko Hintikka, Dirk Schlimm and F. A. Muller), 2011.

Articles in Books

    Van den Berg, H. (2009). Kant on Vital Forces: Metaphysical Concerns versus Scientific Practice. In Onnasch, Ernst-Otto (ed.), Kants Philosophie der Natur. Ihre Entwicklung im Opus postumum und ihre Wirkung. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 115-135.

Reviews and Reports

    Van den Berg, H. (2011). The Classical Model of Science II. The Reasoner 5 (9): 153.

Talks at international conferences and seminars

    Invited Conference Papers

    Part-Whole reasoning and analysis in Wolff. Wolff Tagung am Philosophischen Seminar der Universitat Heidelberg, Heidelberg, April 14, 2011.

    Kant on Vital forces: Metaphysical Concerns versus Scientific Practice. Internationale Tagung durch den Arbeitskreis fur Hegels Naturphilosophie. Amsterdam, September 27-29, 2007.

    Invited Lecture in Faculty Seminar

    Kant's Reconstruction of Wolffian Teleology: Demarcating Teleology and Theology. Naturphilosophisches Kolloquium, TU Dortmund. Dortmund, July 4, 2012.

    Mapping Philosophy. Meertensinstituut, e-Humanities Group Research Meeting (New Trends in e-Humanities). Amsterdam, April 12, 2012. With Arianna Betti (head speaker), Bettina Speckman and Kevin Verbeek

    Regulative Teleology and Biology. Groningen University, Department of Philosophy, April 2, 2008.

    Contributed Conference Papers

    Modeling the History of Ideas. The Future of the Theory and Philosophy of History. Ghent, 10-13 July, 2013.

    Parts, Wholes and Mechanism in Wolff and Kant. The Classical Model of Science II. Amsterdam, 2-5 August, 2011.

    Kant on Biology and Explanation. Young Researchers Conference of the Centre for German Idealism: Challenges from Kant to Hegel, Amsterdam, August 27, 2010.

    Kants Stance on Vital Forces. The Johns Hopkins University International Graduate Philosophy Conference. Washington/Baltimore, March 27-28, 2008.

    The development of Kants Transcendental Idealism in the Opus postumum. Internationaler Workshop Klassische deutsche Philosophie, Jena, June 30 July 2 2006.

    Kants theory of Scientific Inquiry in the Opus postumum. The 3d UK Kant Society international Graduate Conference, Hertfordshire, July 6-7, 2006.