M.J. (Annemarie) van Stee
- PhD student
|Telephone number:||+31 (0)71 527 2171|
|Faculty / Department:||Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR|
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Annemarie van Stee is a PhD-candidate in philosophy, working within the NWO-funded programme , a collaboration of researchers from Utrecht University, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Leiden University. She obtained a BA from University College Utrecht and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and an MA in philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen (all three cum laude). She has also spent a year in Norway and a semester at the National University of Singapore. Her MA-thesis ‘Philosophical anthropological assumptions in cognitive neuroscience of self’ received the ESSSAT Student Prize 2012.
In her dissertation research (2011-2015), Annemarie van Stee investigates to what types of philosophical anthropological questions (i.e. questions regarding who we are as human beings) the cognitive neurosciences (CNS) can contribute. She focuses on existential meaning and the extent to which it can come to the fore in CNS research on love and on religion. First, she fleshes out a philosophical anthropology of humans as beings for whom things can be existentially meaningful. She explicates how the relations we have to what is meaningful to us co-constitute us as individual selves. In this part, Annemarie van Stee critically draws on Søren Kierkegaard and Charles Taylor. Next, she analyzes whether and how meaningfulness comes to the fore in CNS research on love and on religion. She also looks at the methodological parameters of CNS research more generally, to examine further possibilities for CNS research into meaningfulness. The last part of her dissertation returns to the overarching question to what philosophical anthropological questions CNS can contribute. In the other direction, suggestions for improved or novel research strategies for CNS inspired by philosophical anthropology may be developed.
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 2574
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