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prof. dr. W.B. Drees


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
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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.

Drees is also 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 theinteractions of the sciences with religion, culture and human values. On the occassion of its fiftieth year of publication, 2015, he seeks to make Zygon more truly global by having review articles studying those discussions in different regions, countries and cultures.

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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Last amended: 14 May 2018