Marthe Kerkwijk is a philosopher at Heythrop College, University of London, where she has taught students on topics as diverse as the history of philosophy, Wittgenstein, philosophy of science and social philosophy. Her PhD research engages with the work of philosophers in the pragmatist tradition (German philosopher Jurgen Habermas and American philosopher Robert Brandom) on the question: can religious reasons justify laws in a democracy?
Other research interests include: democratic authority, the philosophy of translation, women in philosophy, critical theory, and pragmatism.
In addition to her academic work, Marthe dedicates her time to making high quality philosophical thought available to non-academic audiences. Several of her publications are online available at no cost, she is the founder of the West London Philosophy School and volunteers for the Philosophy Forum of the Stuart Low Trust, a mental health charity.
Before moving to London to pursue PhD research, Marthe obtained her BA in Philosophy and MA in Philosophy and Public Affairs from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Anonymous feedback from students included the following statements:
“Marthe Kerkwijk is my favourite lecturer.”
“The lecturer is very passionate about the subject.”
“Teachers on this module are knowledgeable and explain everything clearly.”
“Lectures and small group discussions are interesting. History of Philosophy is my favourite subject.”