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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

Current courses

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External positions

Member, governing board academic journal (Joint Publication Board of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science)

3 Sep 2019 → …

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board "Religion and Science as Critical Discourse" (Lexington Books)

3 Aug 2017 → …

Chair expert panel cult4, projects religious studies and theology (FWO, Research Foundation Flanders)

1 Jan 2015 → …

Ambassador (Nederlands Albert Schweitzer Fonds)

1 Nov 2014 → …

Member editorial (Uitgeverij Peeters)

1 Nov 2014 → …

Chair, oversight board (De Vrijzinnige Fondsen (cluster van vier Stichtingen))

1 Nov 2014 → …

Member governing board (Stichting Willem Drees-lezing)

1 Nov 2014 → …


  • Philosophy Of Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Religion And Culture

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Research Output 2014 2018

Naked Ape or Techno Sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities

Drees, W. B., 30 Jan 2015, Tilburg: Tilburg University. 35 p.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechOther research output

Open Access
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Science, Values and Loves: Theologies as Expressive Constructions

Drees, W. B., 19 Jun 2017, In : Theology and Science. 15, 3, p. 249-259 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Religious Naturalism
Human Rights

Religious naturalism and its near neighbors: some live options

Drees, W. B., 7 Feb 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism. Crosby, D. A. & Stone, J. A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 19-30 12 p.

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

Nearest Neighbor
Religious Naturalism
Immanuel Kant

Humans, Humanities, and Humanism in an Age of Science

Drees, W. B., Dec 2016, Humanism and Technology: Opportunities and Challenges. Pinn, A. B. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 15-30 16 p. (Studies in Humanism and Atheism).

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


God, Humanity and the Cosmos: Challenging a Challenging Textbook

Drees, W. B., Sep 2018, In : Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 53, 3, p. 887-896 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
cognitive orientation

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

CTI - Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton NL, USA

Willem B. Drees (Visiting researcher)
15 Jan 201915 May 2019

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