• Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 252

    5037 AB Tilburg


1987 …2023

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Willem B. Drees is Professor of Philosophy of the Humanities and dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities. He is especially interested in the nature and task of the humanities in the contemporary university and in society. The interaction of the humanities with other academic disciplines and the impact of the humanities and sciences on human self-understanding and ideas about morality and meaning have his interest. Before coming to Tilburg University, he held at Leiden University the chair in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and was the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2008-2018).

Inaugural address in Tilburg, January 30 2015:

Naked Ape or techno-sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities (Tilburg University; online http://www.drees.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/150008_oratie_prof_Drees_web.pdf  )

Among his publications are the following:

Willem B. Drees, Religion and Science in Context: A Guide to the Debates (Routledge, 2010)

Willem B. Drees, Religion, Science and Naturalism (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Willem B. Drees and Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld, eds., The Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century (Leiden University Press, 2008)

Willem B. Drees, ed, Technology, Trust and Religion: Roles of Religions in Controversies on Ecology and Genetic Modification(Leiden University Press, 2009)

Willem B. Drees, ed., Is Nature Ever Evil? Religion, Science and Value (Routledge, 2003).


See also www.drees.nl


Religion and Economics - elective for University College Tilburg, jointly with dr. J.O. Prüfer


  • Philosophy Of Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Religion And Culture


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