dr. C. (Kees) Schilt

Kees SchiltKees Schilt (1933 – 2013) completed the HBS and served in the Dutch military for fifteen years. After his military service he worked as a teacher and studied pedagogy and philosophy. While studying philosophy Schilt became acquainted with the works of Simon Stevin – who lived from 1548 to 1620. Fascinated by this historic figure, Schilt decided to study the work of Stevin in depth. He received his Ph.D. at the VU University Amsterdam in June 2013 for his thesis entitled "Simon Stevin and the hermeticism: a cultural-historical study of its methodology.”

PhD Research: Simon Stevin and hermeticism: a cultural-historical study of its methodology

Simon Stevin (1548-1620) is generally known as adviser, engineer, teacher of Maurice, prince of Orange (1567-1625) and quartermaster of the State’s army. His ideal lies in the common good and esteem of the Netherlands - both north and south - by finding back the mathematical physics of which all was known in the age of the sages, but is lost by the deluge. His methodology consists of a replacement of the traditional dialectic by the argumentation of Euclides, of which the main constituents are definitions and operations, and Stevin’s Hermetic view of nature. In the history of mathematics he is mentioned above all as promoter of decimal fractions and in the history of mechanics as the inventor of the triangle of forces. According to Stevin nature as a whole has a mathematical character. He also produced a work on social philosophy: Vita Politica Het Burgherlick Leven (1590) - political civil life - that is recently reprinted in Dutch and in French, while an English one is in the making.

Supervisors: prof.dr. Karel Davids, prof.dr. Willem Frijhoff and prof.dr. Ida Stamhuis