How to Understand Extreme Beliefs


TUE 23 APRIL, 20:00

Auditorium, Minderbroedersberg 4-6


Nora Kindermann, PhD candidate & Naomi Kloosterboer, PhD

Both working on the project ‘Extreme Beliefs – The Epistemology and Ethics of Fundamentalism’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


The beliefs of a conspiracy theorist, terrorist, anti-institutional extremist or fundamentalist are all paradigm examples of extreme beliefs. However, it is far from clear what extreme beliefs are. What makes them problematic? And who decides?


In this lecture, Naomi Kloosterboer and Nora Kindermann discuss the challenges of defining extreme beliefs, of understanding and explaining extreme beliefs in research contexts and of engaging with extreme believers in private and public circumstances.

23 April 2024

20:00 - 21:30