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Research interests

My research interests include moral, political and social philosophy, Christian humanism, and transhumanism. The common thread to all this is a philosophical/theological anthropology that includes human exceptionality, the human vocation to moral and spiritual self-transcendence, and human evil. The focus of my present research is the economic field, and hence inevitably, the political field as well. It rests on the premise that, in modern societies, the economic game is driven by the desire for glory, victory, immortal fame, or ambition, which, more often than not, conflates with the desire for domination. While that desire was checked in previous moral orders, it has become a virtue in contemporary cultural constellations. The civilizational goal of superiority has been causing much havoc, but even more fundamentally, it alienates individuals from themselves, each other, and from life itself. The aim of the present research is, therefore, to explore the possibilities of subverting the lust for domination. 


  • Philosophy
  • Moral Standards
  • Theology
  • Values
  • Political Philosophy / Political Ethics
  • Philosophy Of Religion

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Research Output 2012 2019

[Review of the book Spirituele ethiek: Franciscaanse perspectieven, K. Pansters, 2017]

Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Franciscaans Leven.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Rousseau’s Antidote to Egoism in Economic Life: An Alternative Account of Greatness

Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : The European Legacy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

economic system

A Fourth Way: Joseph Ratzinger’s veluti si Deus daretur

Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, R., Mar 2018, In : Gregorianum. 99, 1, p. 45-66

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Pope Benedict XVI
Moral Reasons

Heelheid als voorwaarde voor wijsheid

Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, R., Feb 2018, In : Sophie. 8, 1, p. 39-41

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Activities 2011 2018

  • 13 Invited talk
  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Organising a workshop, seminar, course etc.
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.

Liefde, integriteit en geluk in organisaties

B. Ossewaarde-Lowtoo (Speaker)
15 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Met al uw krachten: heelheid als voorwaarde voor wijsheid

B. Ossewaarde-Lowtoo (Speaker)
20 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Catholic Theology in the Public Academy

B. Ossewaarde-Lowtoo (Contributor)
20 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

De mens in de economie

Joost Hengstmengel (Organiser), Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo (Organiser)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a workshop, seminar, course etc.Popular

Introducing the Netherlands: Patriotism

Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo (Speaker)
25 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific