Cortege Tilbrug University

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Bio

I am a moral and political philosopher, affiliated with the Tilburg Centre for Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TilPS) and my research is situated on the borders between ethics, political philosophy and economics. I believe that good philosophy, whether in academic research, in the classroom or in society at large,  stimulates people to think critically and systematically about  things that matter. Reading books and articles from philosophers and other scientists can help in that respect, but so can watching movies and TV shows and even listening to music. My taste in that respect can be derived from my chapters in books such as Metallica and Philosophy, Inception and Philosophy and Black Mirror and Philosophy.

Teaching

I teach courses in social, moral and political philosophy to Bachelor and to Master students and to philosophers, business economists and everyone in between.  Some of the course I have taught are called 'Justice and Inequality', 'Social Philosophy for Human Resources',  'Business Ethics' and 'Ethics and Society'. In my view, philosophy courses are only successful if they manage to stimulate students to think critically about things that matter, either to their personal lives, to their  discipline or field or to society more generally.

Subjects

Collaboration

In both my research and teaching, I often work with and learn from a wide range colleagues. I have worked with Alfred Archer and Alan Thomas on moral exemplars (2016-2017) and our joint project on the political psychology of inequality (2016-2018) should result in a book soon. I have published with a lot of colleagues, perhaps most extensively with Thomas Nys (University of Amsterdam) in our joint work on the ethics of nudging. I am open to collaboration with whomever is interested in the issues I have published on and especially with people involved in the literature on and practice of nudging (in public policy, in health care, in education, and so on).

Recent publications

  1. Effective Vote Markets and the Tyranny of Wealth

    Archer, A., Engelen, B., & Ivankovic, V. (2019). Effective Vote Markets and the Tyranny of Wealth. Res Publica: A journal of legal and social philosophy, 25(1), 39-54.
  2. Nudging, Transparency, and Watchfulness

    Engelen, B. (2019). Nudging, Transparency, and Watchfulness. Social Theory and Practice , 45(1), 43-74.
  3. Ethical Criteria for Health-Promoting Nudges: A Case-by-Case Analysis

    Engelen, B. (Accepted/In press). Ethical Criteria for Health-Promoting Nudges: A Case-by-Case Analysis. The American journal of bioethics, 19(5), 48-59.
  4. How Admiring Moral Exemplars Can Ruin Your Life: The Case of Conrad’s…

    Thomas, A., Archer, A., & Engelen, B. (2019). How Admiring Moral Exemplars Can Ruin Your Life: The Case of Conrad’s “Lord Jim”. In A. Archer, & A. Grahle (Eds.), The Moral Psychology of Admiration Rowman & Littlefield.
  5. More important and surprising actions of a moral exemplar trigger str…

    van de Ven, N., Archer, A., & Engelen, B. (2018). More important and surprising actions of a moral exemplar trigger stronger admiration and inspiration. The Journal of Social Psychology.

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