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Curriculum Vitae Herman De Dijn
Emeritus Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain)
Born 06/02/1943, Galmaarden (Belgium)
Belgian nationality
Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, B-3000 Leuven
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Diploma’s; postdoctoral research
  • Licentiate in Philosophy (1965), Catholic University of Leuven
  • Doctorate in Philosophy (1971), Catholic University of Leuven
  • Postdoctoral research, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge (U.K.): 1971-1973
  • Mandates of the National (Belgian) Foundation of Scientific Research (1966-1973);
  • associate professor at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1973;
  • professor since 1977;
  • full professor (‘gewoon hoogleraar’) since 1979;
  • emeritus professor since 1 October 2008
Visiting professorships and fellowships
  • guest-professor 15 May – 11 June 1988: Kansai University (Osaka, Japan)
  • guest-professor February 1991: Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • guest-professor August 1997: University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
  • visiting fellow January-March 2002: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities – University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • visiting fellow April-June 2002: St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  • visiting scholar April-June 2002: Philosophy Faculty, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  • VLAC-fellow Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts April-May & September- December 2005, Brussels (project ‘Actuality of the Enlightenment: the Moral Science of Emotions’)
  • Spinoza Chair spring semester 2006-2007: Philosophy Department, Univ of Amsterdam
  • Erasmus Lectureship Spring semester 2008-2009: Philosophy Department, Harvard University
Ongoing Research:
  1. 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, especially Benedict Spinoza and David Hume
  2. The relation between ethics and philosophical anthropology; philosophy of contemporary culture
1. inside the Catholic University of Leuven:
  • Vice-president for the Human Sciences, 1995-2000
  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 1990-2002; since then member of the Board
  • Chairman of the Center for Ethics (OCE) of the K.U.Leuven (until 1 October 2008)
  • Member Editorial Board Ethical Perspectives and Ethische Perspectieven
2. outside the university:
  • Member Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Sciences and the Arts (since 1997)
  • Member and Chairman of the Philosophy Committee of the Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (F.W.O.) (1993-2003)
  • Member of the Philosophy Committee of the Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) (ended)
  • Chairman Visitation Committee Philosophy (1990) in the Netherlands
  • Member Visitation Committee Research in Philosophy (1994-95) in the Netherlands
  • Member Editorial Board Revue philosophique de Louvain; Wijsgerig Perspectief; Studia Spinozana
  • Member Board Foundation Frans Van Cauwelaert
  • Member Conseil Scientifique Institut Européen de Bio-éthique
  • Chairman International Visitation Committee of the Leiden Institute for the Study of Religion (October 2005)
  • Member Regieorgaan Geesteswetenschappen (2009-2010) in the Netherlands
  • International Philosophical Association “Het Spinozahuis” (Rijnsburg, The Netherlands) - (Chairman 1989-2002)
  • Wijsgerig Gezelschap te Leuven
  • Association des Amis de Spinoza (Paris)
  • The Hume Society
  • Nomination to the 2001 Belgian Francqui Chair for Philosophy at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve
  • Nomination to the 2001-2002 Triest-Guislain Chair (Antwerp)
  • Nomination to the second Edmund Burke-lecture of the Edmund Burke Foundation, The Hague 23 October 2002
  • Nomination to the Schuman Lecture 2003, Maastricht 8 May 2003
  • Nomination Spinoza Chair (Spinozaleerstoel) Second Semester 2006-2007 University of Amsterdam
  • Erasmus Lectureship Spring 2009 Harvard University
International congresses and lectures (since 1985)
  • invited to: International Spinoza-conference in Chicago (Univ. of Illinois), 12-17 September 1985; lecture on “Wisdom and theoretical knowledge in Spinoza”;
  • invited to: The First International Jerusalem Spinoza Conference in Jerusalem, 1-6 April 1987; lecture on “Metaphysics as Ethics”;
  • invited to: XIe Congrès de l’association des professeurs de philosophie at Aix-en-Provence, 9 October-1 November 1988; lecture on “Philosophy as Conversation”;
  • invited to: International Symposium “Spinoza und Leibniz: Konfrontation zweier Philosophien am Beginn der Neuzeit” in Hannover, 3-7 September 1989; lecture on “Naturalism, Freedom and Ethics”;
  • Summercourse “Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte” at Leusden (NL), 23-27 July 1990, on: A. Burms en H. De Dijn, De rationaliteit en haar grenzen, (Leuven Univ. Pers, 1990, 3e druk);
  • invited to: Congreso Internacional de Filosofia, La Etica de Spinoza. Fundamentos y significado, at Almagro/Ciudad Real, 24-27 October 1990; lecture on “Ethique et thérapie des affects”;
  • invited for “Hauptvortrag” to: Internationale Wissenschaftliche Tagung Freiheit und Notwendigkeit. Die Gegenwart Spinozas im ethischen und politischen Diskurs der Neuzeit, at Leipzig, 24-26 September 1992. Title of lecture: “Spinoza’s Critique of Antropocentrism and Universal Values”;
  • invited to: Third International Jerusalem Spinoza Conference in Jerusalem 14-20 April 1993; lecture on “Ethics IV: The Ladder, not the Top”;
  • invited to: Christian Universities and European Culture Conference in Antwerp 11 November 1993; lecture on “Tolerance, loyalty to values and respect for the law”;
  • invited for key-lecture: Jubileumcongres Radboudstichting in Amsterdam 25-26 November 1994; lecture on “The Relevance of Metaphysics”;
  • invited to: Colloque international “Enrico Castelli” in Rome 4-7 January 1996; lecture on “Broad Ethics and Broad Religion”;
  • invited to: Symposium “Bedenkingen voorbij het Fin de Siècle: Hoe overleven we de vrijheid?” in Amsterdam 16 February 1996; lecture on “The end of History?”;
  • invited to: V. World Congress of Christian Philosophy in Lublin (Poland) 20-25 August 1996; lecture on “Two concepts of freedom and responsibility”;
  • president of Centennial Congress ‘Honderd jaar Spinoza in Nederland en België’ in Amsterdam 15-17 May 1997; lectures on “Honderd jaar Spinozastudie in Nederland en België” and “Honderd jaar Vereniging Het Spinozahuis”;
  • invited for lectures at University of Stellenbosch (South-Africa) 20-21 August 1997 on “The University and the Human Sciences” and “Freedom in Contemporary Culture”; same lectures in Pretoria, University of Pretoria (South-Africa) on 28-29 August 1997;
  • invited to: Colloque International Enrico Castelli in Rome 4-7 January 1998; lecture on “Incarnation and Values”;
  • invited to: series of lectures on Philosophy in the Low Countries in Beijing (Department of Philosophy of Beijing University) 8-18 April 1998; lectures on “Spinoza’s Introduction to Philosophy” and “Philosophy in the Low Countries”;
  • invited to: Presynodal Symposium of the Pontificium Consilium de Cultura in Rome 10-14 January 1999; lecture on “The Future of the University”;
  • invited to: Congress on The Spirit of Technology in Delft (Technical University) 11 March 1999; lecture on “Moral Responsibility and Innovation”;
  • invited to: Fifth International Jerusalem Spinoza Conference in Jerusalem 16-20 June 1999; lecture on “Salvation in the TTP and in the Ethics”;
  • invited to: Symposium on ‘Habilitation’ in Tübingen 9 July 1999; lecture on “Recruitment and training of researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level in Flanders”;
  • president of section of Congress “Religion et politique: l’enjeu de la paix chez Spinoza” in Maison Descartes – Amsterdam 19-20 November 1999;
  • invited to: 6.Internationaler Kongress der Spinoza Gesellschaft in Zürich 5-7 October 2000; lecture on “Theory and practice and the practice of theory.”
  • invited to: International Conference on Cultural Identity and Religion (Part II) in Antwerp 26-27 September 2002; lecture on “The Law is not the Catechism. Religion, Moral Pluralism and the Law”;
  • invited to: International Conference on New Technologies in Health Care in Brussels 18-19 October 2002; lecture on “New Technologies in Health Care: A Philosophical-Ethical approach”;
  • invited for keynote lecture to Conference 2003 of the Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament (CCADD) in Bellem (Belgium) 23 August 2003: “A very short overview of kinds of threat”;
  • invited for keynote lecture to International Conference of the European Association for Communication and Health in Brugge 16 September 2004: “Care, Communication and Conversation”;
  • invited to: Symposium Stichting Koninklijk Paleis van Amsterdam (hostess Queen Beatrix) on 5 November 2004; lecture on “Spinoza on Knowledge and Religion”;
  • invited to: conference on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Faculty of Philosophy – Tilburg University on 29 April 2005, lecture on “Spinoza, Wisdom and Academic Education”;
  • co-organisor of VLAC-contactforum “The Concept of Love in Modern Philosophy: Spinoza to Kant” in Brussels, 13-14 May 2005; in the palace of the Royal Academy;
  • invited to: International Conference on “Religious Emotions; Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” in Antwerp on 20 September 2005; lecture on “Spinoza, Religion and Emotional Integration”;
  • co-organiser of second VLAC-contactforum “Moral Theories of Emotions and Passions. The Concept of Love in Modern Philosophy” in Brussels, 25-26 November 2005 in the Palace of the Royal Academy;
  • (as holder of the Spinoza Chair) Spinoza Lecture on “Spinoza over waarheid, godsdienst en heil” in Amsterdam, 18 April 2007;
  • at the International Conference ‘Spinoza and the Sciences’ (in the context of the Spinoza Chair 2007) in Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam) on 8 June 2007; lecture on “Spinoza’s Theory of the Emotions”;
  • invited to: International Congress ‘Loci Sacri’, organised by KADOC in Leuven on 21 September 2007; lecture on “Meaning Incarnation and Sacred Places”;
  • invited to Congres Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen in Nijmegen on 3 October 2007; lecture on “Contemplatie en actie”;
  • invited to: INTAMS-colloquium ‘What Future for Marriage in Postmodern Times?’ in Leuven on 7 March 2008; lecture on “How and Why Marriage Matters in Postmodern Times”;
  • invited to: Colloquium ‘Martha Nussbaum on Religion in Public Spaces’ – Overlegcentrum Ethiek K.U.Leuven on 14 March 2008; lecture on “Nussbaum on Religious Diversity and the Law”;
  • invited to international Workshop on Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus in Leiden (Faculty of Philosophy) on 20 May 2008; lecture on “Religious Emotions in Spinoza”;
  • (as holder of the Erasmus Lectureship) Harvard University (Department of Philosophy) on 8 April 2009; lecture on “Spinoza and Hume on Religion as a Natural Phenomenon”;
  • (as holder of Erasmus Lectureship), Harvard University (Divinity School) on 15 April 2009; lecture on “Spinoza on Revealed Religion”;
  • invited for keynote lecture to VISOR-conference on ‘Democracy, Culture and Religion’ in Amsterdom (VU) on 25 September 2009; lecture on “Which Democracy, Which Religion?”;
  • invited to International Conference ‘Galileo and Spinoza’ in Sorbonne/Paris I on 12 December 2009; lecture on “Natura naturans & Natura naturata in Spinoza”;
  • guestspeaker for the International Society Het Spinozahuis in Rijsburg (Nl.) on 8 May 2010; lecture on: “De affecten en het ethische leven”;
  • guestspeaker for Soeterbeeck Programma (Radboud University) in Nijmegen on 1 June 2010; lecture on “Lijstjes, targets en evaluaties. Het beheersingsyndroom in zorg en onderwijs”;
  • guestspeaker at Seminar Soeterbeeck Programma (Radboud University) in Nijmegen on 2 June 2010; lecture on “Zin en onzin van de academische filosofie”;
  • keynote lecture at the 37th International Hume Conference on 6 July 2010 in Antwerp on "Spinoza and Hume on Religion as a Natural Phenomenon";
  • Openingslecture 32nd Vlaams-Nederlandse Filosofiedag in Nijmegen on 10 November 2010; lecture on "De rol van de filosofie in de samenleving";
  • invited to 38th International Hume Conference in Edinburgh on 19 July 2011; lecture "Response to Richard Hodgson";
  • invited as guestspeaker to Quaker Border Meeting in Sittard (Nl) on 17 September 2011; two lectures "Spinoza on Ultimate Knowledge", and "Spinoza on Revealed Religion";
  • invited to: Workshop on ‘Matter and Nature in Early Modern Philosophy’ in Ghent (07 June 2012); lecture on “Galileo and Spinoza: Reading the Book of Nature and Reading the Bible”;
  • invited to: Colloque sur ‘L’actualité du Tractatus de Spinoza et la question théologico-politique’ in Brussels (ULB) on 23 January 2013; lecture on “Miracles and the distinction between philosophy and theology in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus”;
  • invited to Ethical Forum 2013 (Universitaire Stichting/University Foundation) in Brussels on 21 November 2013; lecture on “Professors or Professionals”;
  • invited to Colloquium ‘La Liberté religieuse, le relativisme et la sécularisation dans nos sociétés modernes’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch on 23 February 2015; lecture on « Liquid Values and Nameless Institutions » ;
  • invited to give Von Laun Lecture (Geert Grote Universiteit – Deventer) in Kampen on 16 February 2016; lecture on « Wetenschap en ethiek ; gezond verstand en ratio » ;
  • More than 50 articles mainly on Spinoza (and Hume) in different national and international journals and proceedings
  • National publications mainly on Contemporary Philosophy of Culture and on Bio-ethical Problems.
  • (together with Arnold Burms) De rationaliteit en haar grenzen. Leuven, Universitaire Pers Leuven; Assen, Van Gorcum, 1999, 5th ed., VII-105 p. (new reprint in 2005)

  • Hoe overleven we de vrijheid? Kapellen, Pelckmans / Kampen, Kok Agora, 1997, 4th ed., 144 p.(out of print)

  • Kan kennis troosten? Kapellen, Pelckmans / Kampen, Kok Agora, 1994, 152 p. (out of print)

  • Spinoza, The Way to Wisdom. West Lafayette (Ind.), Purdue University Press, 1996, 292 p.

  • De uitgelezen Spinoza. Ingeleid en toegelicht door Herman De Dijn. Amsterdam, Boom / Tielt Lannoo, 1999, 328 p.(out of print)

  • De herontdekking van de ziel. Voor een volwaardige kwaliteitszorg. (Thijmessay 1999) Nijmegen, Valkhof Pers, 1999, 86 p.

  • Geluksmachines in context. Filosofische essays. Kapellen, Pelckmans, 2001, 208 p.

  • De herontdekking van de ziel. Voor een volwaardige kwaliteitszorg. Kapellen, Pelckmans / Kampen, Klement, 2002, 68 p.(reprint).

  • Taboes, monsters en loterijen. Ethiek in de laat-moderne tijd. Kapellen, Pelckmans / Kampen, Klement, 2003, 160 p.

  • Modernité et Tradition. Leuven, Peeters / Paris, Vrin, 2004, 278 p.

  • (together with Jaak Billiet, e. a.) (eds.), Bibliometrie in de Humane Wetenschappen (Standpunten nr. 3). Brussel, Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, 2004, 38 p.

  • Religie in de 21ste eeuw. Kleine handleiding voor voor- en tegenstanders. Kapellen, Pelckmans–Kampen, Klement, 2006 (reprint 2007), 160p.

  • Grensovergangen: Over geesteswetenschap, universitair beleid en samenleving. Leuven, Peeters, 2008, 136p.

  • Spinoza : de doornen en de roos. Kapellen, Pelckmans – Kampen, Klement, 2009, 196 p. reprint 2010.

  • (together with Arnold Burms) De sacraliteit van leven en dood. Voor een brede bio-ethiek. Kalmthout, Pelckmans-Zoetermeer, Klement, 2011, 128p.

  • Vloeibare waarden. Politiek, zorg en onderwijs in de laatmoderne tijd. Kalmthout, Pelckmans / Zoetermeer, Klement, 2014, 184 p.

  • Hoe overleven we de vrijheid? Twintig jaar later. Kalmthout, Pelckmans, 2014, 176 p.

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