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prof. dr. W.B. Drees

Professor, Philosophy of the Humanities 

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department of Philosophy


Willem B. Drees is Professor of Philosophy of the Humanities. From 2015 until the end of 2018 hHe served as dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities, in 2018 renamed Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. He is especially interested in the nature 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 (2001-2014).

From 2008 until 2018 Drees served as the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and academic journal accessible in over 10.000 academic libraries. In that context, he is interested in all facets of the interactions of the sciences with religion, culture and human values. 

Inaugural address in Tilburg, January 30 2015:

Naked Ape or techno-sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities (Tilburg University; online  )

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).


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