UCL Philosophy

Mr Han Van Wietmarschen

Mr Han Van Wietmarschen

Associate Professor

Dept of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

I primarily work in political philosophy, but I also have research interests in certain areas of epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of action.

My main current research project is to develop a general theory of social hierarchy. During the 2019/2020 academic year, this research was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Teaching summary

I teach the Introduction to Political Philosophy (PHIL0007). The module focusses primarily on a set of fundamental normative questions about political organisation: on what basis do states have the authority to rule, what liberties should individuals have, in which ways, if any, is the state to make individuals equal to one another? Authors include Thomas Hobbes, Jeremy Bentham, John Rawls, Karl Marx, Catharine MacKinnon, and Martin Delaney. The module is required for first year single honours philosophy students and for first year PPE students, but is open to students from different years and different courses. 

Depending on the year, I teach some selection of:

Equality (PHIL0077). Concerned with moral and political questions about equality. Most generally: in which ways, if any, should a political society recognise the equality of all persons? And in which ways, if any, should a political society ensure that people are equal to one another? More specific topics vary by year. Open to third year BA, MA, and MPhil/PhD students. 

The Epistemology of Disagreement. How should be adjust our belief in light of the fact that others disagree with us? Open to third year BA, MA, and MPhil/PhD students. 

Recent Work in Moral and Political Philosophy. Topics vary by year. Past editions have included public reason, the ethics of discrimination, and social egalitarianism. Open to MA and MPhil/PhD students. 


Stanford University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2006
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Doctorate, Doctoraal | 2005


I have a PhD in philosophy fromStanford University, a research MA in philosophy from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and an B.Sc./M.Sc. in medicine from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

I was a visiting assistant professor at Stanford, a temporary lecturer at Universiteit Leiden, and before my academic career I held positions at the Rijksmusem, Thuiszorg Amsterdam, Bakkerij Schipper, and C1000 Emmeloord.

I was born in Oss.