AUC alumna wins Erasmus Prize for Liberal Arts and Sciences 2018

27 March 2018

AUC alumna Roosje van der Kamp has been announced as one of the winners of the 2018 Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, awarded by University College Freiburg for her outstanding Bachelor’s thesis project “A Modern Disease: A Philosophical Inquiry into Kierkegaard’s Concept of Depression and the Age of Reflection.” The formal awards ceremony will take place on 6 June 2018 in Freiburg.

Erasmus Prize for Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Erasmus Prize for Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarded to young researchers/academics whose research considers questions of epistemology and/or the history of science in an exemplary manner. Awarded annually since 2013, the prize is funded by Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau and is used to distinguish research projects that underscore the importance of a Liberal Arts and Sciences approach to knowledge and theories of knowledge. Taking place in the Meckelhalle of the Sparkasse Freiburg, the prestigious prize ceremony features a keynote lecture and the formal recognition of the recipients of the 5000 EUR award.

Connecting Kierkegaard to contemporary issues

Roosje van der Kamp’s Bachelor’s thesis “A Modern Disease: A Philosophical Inquiry into Kierkegaard’s Concept of Depression and the Age of Reflection” offers a poignant critical reading and examination of the particularly complex and layered writings of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. In her work, van der Kamp connects Kierkegaard’s critique of modernity to his concept of depression and places this in the context of modern discourses on depression. Van der Kamp asserts that while the dominant cognitive model typically regards depression as the result of cognitive distortions and therefore as a departure from rationality, the relation between depression and reflection in Kierkegaard’s thought suggests that depression can be the result of the internalisation of the hyper-rationality that characterises the modern age.

Van der Kamp’s thesis was praised not only for its astute understanding of Kierkegaard’s work, but also for the argumentation and interdisciplinary breadth displayed in connecting philosophy to psychological and psychiatric discourses, which ultimately contributes to a better understanding of the prevalence of depression in modern society.

Awards ceremony in June at UCF

The awards ceremony is set to take place on 6 June 2018 at the University of Freiburg where Roosje van der Kamp will be invited to formally accept her award. A highlight of the ceremony will be the UCF Lecture that will be given by Prof. Jürgen Mittelstraß, director of the Konstanz Science Forum.

AUC would like to congratulate Ms. van der Kamp on her outstanding work.

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