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Research interests

My teaching and research expertise comprises philosophy of religion (especially various aspects of religion in the public sphere, such as religious tolerance, violence, diversity, truth), metaphysics, philosophy of culture, and history of modern philosophy (especially Hegel and his contemporaries).


Since 2006 I work 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.


In the BA-program I teach Systematic Philosophy; in the MA I teach the courses Christian/Catholic identity and Philosophical Hermeneutics and the research-courses Philosophical Reflections on Human Dignity, and God in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. In the MA Christianity and Society I teach Christian Theology: Fundamental Issues and Contemporary Questions.

Current courses

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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: ongoing)

- 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 : 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).

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, KU Leuven

Philosophy, Master’s Degree, KU Leuven

External positions

Guestlectures (Ukrainian Catholic University)

25 Mar 201929 Mar 2019

Guestlectures (Université de Fribourg)

16 Oct 201820 Oct 2018

Member of the Steeringcommittee (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie)

16 Aug 2018 → …

Participation in an international research-project on 'Future of Religion in Western Civilization'. (Templetonfoundation)

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2020

Member of an evaluation panel (Estonian Research Council)

1 May 201730 Jun 2017

Member of an accreditationpanel for the Faculty of Theology of Regensburg University (AKAST)

17 Jan 201719 Jan 2017

Member of the Scientific Board (COMIUCAP (Worldwide network of Catholic institutions of philosophy))

1 Jan 2017 → …

External reviewer (National Science Centre)

3 Oct 201631 Oct 2016

Participation in an international research-project on 'Religious Diversity'. (Templetonfoundation)

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2018

Co-ordinator for Western Europe (Council for Research and Values in Philosophy)

1 Apr 2015 → …

External member (Akast)

1 Jan 2010 → …

Member of the scientific council (Avepro)

1 Jan 2010 → …

Member of the Board (European Society for Philosophy of Religion)

31 Aug 2008 → …


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

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Research Output 1978 2019

Philosophy and (Christian) Wisdom

Jonkers, P., 1 Jun 2019, Philosophy as Love of Wisdom: Its Relevance to the Contemporary Crisis of Meaning. Washington DC: Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, p. 41-60 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Envisioning Futures for the Catholic Church

Hellemans, S. & Jonkers, P., 1 Aug 2018, Washington: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. 370 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

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Religion as a Source of Evil

Jonkers, P., 14 Nov 2017, In : International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. 78, 4-5, p. 419-431 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Cobben, P. G. (ed.), Cruysberghs, P. (ed.), Jonkers, P. H. A. I. (ed.) & de Vos, L. (ed.), 2006, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftlichen Buchgesellschaft. 552 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

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God in France. Eight contemporary French thinkers on God

Jonkers, P. H. A. I. (ed.) & Welten, R. B. J. M. (ed.), 2005, Leuven: Peeters. 227 p. (Studies in Philosophical Theology; no. 28)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientific

Open Access

Activities 1984 2019

Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (External organisation)

P.H.A.I. Jonkers (Member)
18 Aug 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Self-awareness of Life in Western Philosophy

P.H.A.I. Jonkers (Speaker)
17 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Inescapable boundaries. Examining the limits of intercultural dialogue and the fusion of horizons

P.H.A.I. Jonkers (Speaker)
7 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


The (Im)possibility of Philosophical Critique. Confronting Kant, Jacobi, and Hegel

P.H.A.I. Jonkers (Speaker)
6 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Religiöse Gewalt: eine Folge konkurrierender Wahrheitsauffassungen?

P.H.A.I. Jonkers (Speaker)
19 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Projects 2012 2022

Jacobi-Wörterbuch online

Jonkers, P.


Project: Research project

Faith and Beliefs of Unbelievers

Jonkers, P.


Project: Research project

Religious Truth and Identity in an Age of Plurality

Jonkers, P.


Project: Research project

Faith in a Secular Age

Jonkers, P.


Project: Research project


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