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Willem B. Drees is professor of philosophy of the humanities at Tilburg University. I am working on a book on the nature and relevance of the humanities; see also my 2015 inaugural address Naked Ape or Techno Sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities. I served as dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences from 2015 until 2018. Earlier work includes Religion and Science in Context: A Guide to the Debates  (Routledge, 2010), Religion, Science and Naturalism (Cambridge UP, 1996), and Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God (Open Court, 1990). I served as the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science  (2008-2018), professor of philosophy of religion and ethics at Leiden University (2001-2014), and dean of its school of religious studies and vice-dean for education of its school of humanities.


Philosophy of religion, philosophy of the humanities, religious studies, religion and science.

2019, Spring: CTI Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities, Princeton, USA.

2018: chair of a research assessment committee for Utrecht University (Religious Studies, and Islam and Arabic Studies)

2018: elected member, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

1989, 1994: Doctorates in religious studies (Groningen) and in philosophy (VU, Amsterdam).

Fulbright Scholarships (1987-'88; 1993), Prize of the Legatum Stolpianum, Leiden University (1994), and the Prins Bernhard Fonds Prize by a  jury Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (1993).



Religion and Economics, an elective for  the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program of University College Tilburg, jointly with J.O. Prüfer, TiSEM; September-October 2019.

History of Modern Philosophy, for premaster students philosophy (Fall 2019) and for Bachelor philosophy and premaster students (Spring 2020)

Philosophy of Religion and Secularization (Fall 2019), an elective for master students philosophy

Applied ethics, contributions to a course for bachelor students philosophy (Fall 2019).



Recent publications

  1. Science, Religion, and Public Policy

    Petersen, A. C., & Drees, W. B. (2018). Science, Religion, and Public Policy. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 53(4), 945-952.
  2. Religies in Leiden

    Drees, W. B. (2018). Religies in Leiden: Verrassend, verwarrend veelzijdig. In J. van Duinen, & J. Windmeijer (Eds.), Wegwijzers (pp. 3-5). Leiden: De Muze.
  3. Arthur C. Petersen <em>Zygon's</em> New Editor; Christopher Southgate…

    Drees, W. B. (2018). Arthur C. Petersen Zygon's New Editor; Christopher Southgate Focus of this Issue. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 53(3), 674-675.
  4. <em>God, Humanity and the Cosmos</em>

    Drees, W. B. (2018). God, Humanity and the Cosmos: Challenging a Challenging Textbook. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 53(3), 887-896.
  5. Finite Lives

    Drees, W. B. (2018). Finite Lives: Science and the view sub specie aeternitatis. In G. Thomas, & M. Höfner (Eds.), Ewiges Leben: Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? (pp. 181-194). (Dogmatik in der Moderne; Vol. 21). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.


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