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1978 …2023

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Research interests

My current research interests focus on questions regarding religious truth, tolerance, religious diversity, a philosophical exploration of (Christian) wisdom, the future of the Catholic Church, and classic German philosophy (in particular Hegel and Jacobi). 



From 2006 until my retirment in 2020 I worked as full professor of philosophy at Tilburg University (School of Catholic Theology). From 2009 till 2013 I served as vice-dean for research, and in 2013 I was interim dean of the TST. From 1991 till 2006 I was full professor of philosophy at the Catholic Theological University at Utrecht,  which merged with Tilburg University on July 1st 2006. From 1993 till 1996 and from 2003 till 2006 I was rector of the CTU. From 1997 till 2003 I was president of the Dutch Catholic School Council (a part-time position). From 1983 till 1991 I taught philosophy at the University of Theology and Pastoral Care at Heerlen, first as assistant professor and from 1989 as full professor.

PhD supervision

- First supervisor of J. S. Jose, The Role of Religion in Public Sphere according to Rawls and Gandhi: Exploring Reasonable and Spiritual Overlapping Consensus (TiU: 23.02.2022)

- Second supervisor of J. Enxing, Sinful and Holy? Sin and Guilt as a Challenge for Catholic Theology and the Church. (Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main; 09.11.2017).

- First supervisor of R. Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, Recovering the Human Paradox: The Christian Humanism of Charles Taylor, Paul Valadier, and Joseph Ratzinger (TiU: 08.05.2015)

- First supervisor of: R. van Geffen, Hoe God verschijnt in het denken. Het katholieke denken van Maurice Blondel in gesprek met Jean-Luc Marion en met de christelijke filosofie (TiU: 28.05.2013)

- Second supervisor of H.J. Prosman, The Post-modern Condition and the Meaning of Secularity (Utrecht University: 04.07.2012)

- First supervisor of: H. Clement, Antwort auf den Nihilismus? Die philosophische Theologie von Wilhelm Weischedel (TiU: 14.11.06)

- First supervisor of: R. Welten, Fenomenologie en beeldverbod bij Levinas en Marion (KTU: 04.10.2001)

- First supervisor of: R. Sneller, Het woord is schrift geworden. Derrida en de negatieve theologie (KTU: 26.02.1998)

- First supervisor of: A. Simons, Carnaval en terreur. De ethische betekenis van Bachtins Rable. (KTU: 13.11.1996)

Member of the dissertation-committee of : A. Goudriaan (2021, Utrecht University); J.A. Gillett (2018, Tilburg University), M. Gerhardt (2013, Universität Oldenburg), A. Jansoone (2007, Catholic University Leuven), P. Bemelmans (2006, Radbouduniversity, Nijmegen), J. Geldof (2005, Catholic University Leuven), A. Markus (2004, Utrecht University),J. Drentje (2004, University of Amsterdam), M. Wisse (2003, Utrecht University), P. Raes (2002, Catholic University Leuven), D. Berendsen (2001, Free University, Amsterdam), E.O. Onnasch (1998, Radbouduniversity, Nijmegen), H. Stockmans (1997, Tilburg University), J. van Sluis (1997, Groningen State University), J.K. Abbes (1994, Utrecht Universiteit), W. Perreijn (1993, Tilburg University), J. Vis (1992, VU University, Amsterdam).


Until my retirement I taught the course Systematic Philosophy in the BA-Theology; in the MA-Theology I taught the courses Christian/Catholic identityPhilosophical Reflections on Human DignityGod in Contemporary Philosophy, and Philosophical Hermeneutics. In the MA-Christianity and Society I taught the course Christian Theology: Fundamental Issues and Contemporary Questions.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Hegel's Critique of Kant, Jacobi, and Fichte, KU Leuven

Award Date: 18 Nov 1982

Philosophy, Master’s Degree, Hegel's Ciritique of Kant, Jacobi, and Fichte, KU Leuven

Award Date: 6 Sept 1976


  • Philosophy Of Religion
  • Modern Philosophy; History Of
  • Metaphysics
  • Jacobi, F.H.
  • Hegel
  • Philosophy Of Culture
  • Philosophy


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