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Victor Gijsbers

University Lecturer Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science

Dr. V.A. Gijsbers
+31 71 527 1250

Victor Gijsbers is a University Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy.

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My research is concentrated in two areas. First, in the philosophy of explanation and understanding, where I focus on topics such as the relation between explanation, understanding and unification, the contrastive nature of explanation, and the relation between causal and mathematical explanation. Second, on the border between philosophy of science and metaphysics, especially concerning the topics of causation and time.

Fields of interest

My tastes in philosophy are wide. In addition to metaphysics, philosophy of science and epistemology, I am most interested in philosophy of physics, the history of (modern) philosophy, hermeneutics, and connections between analytic and continental thought.


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University Lecturer Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.23


  • Gijsbers V.A. (2017), A Quasi-Interventionist Theory Of Mathematical Explanation, Logique et Analyse 60(237): 47-66.article in journal
  • Regt H. de & Gijsbers V.A. (2017), How false theories can yield genuine understanding. In: Grimm S.R., Baumberger C., Ammon S. (Eds.) Explaining Understanding.: Routledge. 50-75.book chapter
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2016), Denker in het donker. Tien columns voor Naturalis After Dark. Leiden: Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.book
  • Gijsbers V. A. (2016), Explanatory Pluralism and the (Dis)Unity of Science: The Argument from Incompatible Counterfactual Consequences, Frontiers in Psychiatry 7(32): 1-10.article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2016), Modale kennis, Wijsgerig perspectief op maatschappij en wetenschap 56(3).article in magazine/newspaper
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2016), Rorty, scepticisme en het einde van de filosofie, Filosofie Magazine 56(1).article in magazine/newspaper
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2015), Can probabilistic coherence be a measure of understanding?, Theoria 30(1).article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2015), Fading foundations en het conditioneel a priori, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 107(2).article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2015), Het scepticisme voorbij. Wittgenstein, Heidegger en Rorty over het probleem van de externe wereld. In: Mey T. de (Ed.) Het nadeel van de zekerheid.: Lemniscaat.book chapter
  • Gijsbers & V.A. (2014), Unification as a Measure of Natural Classification, Theoria .article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Understanding, explanation, and unification, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44(3): 516-522.article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. & Bruin L. de (2013), "Agency and Woodward’s Interventionism" (with Leon de Bruin). Causality and Experimentation in the Sciences, Paris, July 3, 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Discussion presentation on Jody Azzouni's Knowledge and Reference in Empirical Science, Erasmus University Rotterdam, January 23, 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "Een spel met de dood", Filosofisch café Den Bosch, March 11, 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "Entropie en tijdsasymmetrie", Studentenvereniging Symposion, Leiden, February 7, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. & Bruin L. de (2013), How agency can solve interventionism’s problem of circularity, Synthese 191(8): 1775–1791.article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "How Agency Can Solve Interventionism's Problem of Circularity", Philosophy of Science in a Forest, May 24, 2013. (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Interview about "Walging", including a declamation of Wordsworth's 12th Sonnet upon the Punishment of Death, Raamsteeg2, Leiden, March 22, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Philosophical introduction to the movie La cinquième saison, Filmtheater 't Hoogt, Utrecht, February 22, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "Reduction", Leiden Honours Community, Leiden, March 1, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Spoken column "Alchemie", Raamsteeg2 Science Late Night Show, Leiden, November 8, 2013. (Popular.) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Spoken column "De horizon", Raamsteeg2 Science Late Night Show, Leiden, September 20, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), Spoken column "Vampiers", Raamsteeg2 Science Late Night Show, Leiden, October 31, 2013. (Popular) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "Vampiers", Pindaconcert, Utrecht, December 14, 2013. (Popular.) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2013), "Wat was er cool aan Copernicus? Psychologie van het heliocentrisme", Pindaconcert, Utrecht, January 19, 2013. (Popular talk.) (Lecture).other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (28 September 2011), Explanation and Determination (PhD thesis). Leiden. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Sundholm B.G., McAllister J.W., Hitchcock C.R.PhD thesis
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Asymmetrie van de tijd (Lecture). Wageningen.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Explanation and Determination (PhD thesis). Leiden: -.PhD thesis
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Filosofie van de tijd (Lecture). Utrecht.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Het essentiële kenmerk van de moderne wetenschap (Lecture). Utrecht.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Keuzevrijheid en autoriteit: literaire experimenten met interactieve fictie, nY: Tijdschrift voor literatuur, kritiek en amusement .article in magazine/newspaper
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Mathematical Explanation (Lecture). Gent.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Pynchons paranoia (Lecture). Leiden.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Tijdasymmetrie (Lecture). Amsterdam.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Tijdasymmetrie (Lecture). Tilburg.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2011), Unification and Causation: Two Different Kinds of Understanding? (Lecture). Düsseldorf.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2008), Wittgenstein als verleider, Filosofie. Tweemaandelijks tijdschrift van de Stichting Informatie Filosofie 18(4): 2-6.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Gijsbers V.A. (13 August 2007), Explanation as Determination (Lecture). Beijing.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (19 January 2007), Verklaren: Determinatie en/of unificatie? (Lecture). Amsterdam.other
  • Gijsbers V.A. (2007), Why Unification is neither Necessary nor Sufficient for Explanation, Philosophy of Science 74: 481-500.article in journal
  • Gijsbers V.A. (25 November 2006), Autonomie in de 21e eeuw (Lecture). Brussel.other

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