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Research interests

My current research explores topics at the intersection of philosophy, literature and business ethics. I am particularly interested in Adam Smith's moral philosophy and the way it can be enriched by (and criticized through) the Victorian novel. I also trace the economic and moral phenomena that crop up in these 19th Century "literary case studies" to the 21st Century to critically engage issues related to gender in contemporary business narratives. 


At Tilburg University I primarily teach courses on the philosophical underpinnings of economic and business thinking. I also teach a course on Ethics for Artificial Intelligence. At previous institutions I have taught a wide range of interdisciplinary liberal arts courses in philosophical ethics and aesthetics. 


Before coming to Tilburg I worked as an Assistant Professor at Centre College, a liberal arts college in Kentucky, and as an Associate Professor at Babson College, a liberal arts business school near Boston. 

Education/Academic qualification

Business administration, organizational science, Master’s Degree, Babson College

… → 2013

Philosophy, PhD, Fordham University

… → 2007

Languages and literature, Master’s Degree, KU Leuven

… → 2003

Philosophy, Master’s Degree, KU Leuven

… → 2002


  • Vanity
  • Adam Smith
  • Victorian novel
  • Sympathy
  • William James
  • Business Ethics
  • Philosophy of Management

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Research Output

Cryptography in Context: Co-teaching Ethics and Mathematics

Karst, N. & Slegers, R., 21 Oct 2019, In : PRIMUS. 29, 9, p. 1039-1059

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Strengthening “Giving Voice to Values” in Business Schools by Reconsidering the “Invisible Hand” Metaphor

    Painter-Morland, M. & Slegers, R., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Business Ethics. p. 807-819 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • James and Bergson: Fighting the Beast Intellectualism with Metaphors

    Slegers, R., 2017, Understanding James, Understanding Modernism. Bloomsbury Publishing

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

  • Open Access