Prof.dr. G.J. Buijs

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Extraordinary Professor of ‘Political Philosophy and Religion’, endowed chair Dr. Abraham Kuyper Fund, Associate Professor Political & Social Philosophy

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See also my personal page in Dutch (with Dutch publications as well).

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My research interests concern the intersections between on the one hand religion, morality and worldview and on the other hand politics, society and economics. This has resulted in three research-areas:

1. Religion and politics

2. Morality and economics (including development ethics)

3. Religion, morality and civil society (with special reference to Christianity)

Currently I am working on two projects:

a. The Christian concept of agape/caritas and the emergence of civil society in the West

b. Remembering the moral inspiration behind modern economics

Inaugural lecture: 'Public Love' (English version not yet available)

Oratie Govert Buijs Publieke liefde


In recent years I have given courses on the following topics

Courses on the following topics (MA-level):

* Religious and secular discourses on justice;

* Civil society;

* Political fundamentalism & terror;

* Religion & politics;

* Christian political thought;

* Christian social thought;

* Charles Taylor A Secular Age;

* Christianity & Modernity;

* Christian Philosophy: Basic Themes;

* Contemporary views on the Political Significance of St. Paul

* Social Capital & Mission in Non-Profit Organisations


* Justice

* Philosophy of economics (level 1, level 2)

* Introduction to Political Philosophy

Recent English publicaties

Ideologies, the Quest for a Just Society and Christian Responses. In:  Lamin Sanneh & Michael McClymond (es.), The Wiley-Blackwell

 Companion to World Christianity (forthcoming August 2014)

‘Monotheism and Political Violence: Reflections on the Argumentative Sustainability of a Causal Claim’. In: Alejandra Vanney (ed.), Violence in Civil Society: Monotheism Guilty? (Religion and Civil Society- series, vol. 6), Hildesheim (Ger.): Georg Olms Verlag 2013, pp. 19 – 36 (+6).

- met J.T. Sunier and P.G.A. Versteeg, ‘Introduction - What is Happening to Democracy? Religion, Culture and Democracy’. In id. (eds.), Risky Liaisons? Democracy and Religion: Reflections and Case Studies. Amsterdam: VU-University Press 2013, pp. 3 – 14. 

‘Christianity and the Vicissitudes of European Burgher Culture: An Anamnetic Exercise’. In: Religion, State & Society, Vol. 41, nr. 2, June 2013, pp. 103 – 132. (Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group)

‘Worldview, the credit crisis and the “unity of life”. From “framework” to “deep commitment”’, Koers − Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 77(1), 2012, pp. 29 – 37. Art. #186, 9 pages. 10.4102/koers.v77i1.186 (vertaald en bewerkt: ‘De verknipte levens achter de kredietcrisis. Over het blijvend belang van levensbeschouwing en authenticiteit’. In: Radix. Jaargang 39, nr. 2, 2013, pp. 84 – 101)

‘Against the Use of the Essentialist Divine Hierarchy Theory of Religion in Political Theory’. In: Wessel Stoker and W.L. van der Merwe (eds.), Looking Beyond? Shifting Views of Transcendence in Philosophy, Theology, Art, and Politics. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi 2012, pp. 323 – 340.

‘Populism: A Blessing in Disguise for Democracy?’. In: Jerald D. Gort, Henry Jansen, and Wessel Stoker (eds.), Crossroad Discourses Between Christianity and Culture. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi 2010, pp. 155 – 173.

‘The Souls of Europe’. In Limes. Cultural Regionalistics. 2009, Vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 126-139.

‘Religion, Secularism and Development: shortcircuits about HIV/AIDS’. In: Steve de Gruchy, Nico Koopman, Sytse Strijbos (eds.), From Our Side. Emerging Perspectives on Development and Ethics. Pretoria/Amsterdam:  UNISA Press i.s.m Rozenberg Publishers (2008), pp. 223-242.

‘Agapé and the Origins of Civil Society’. In H. Geertsema, R. Peels & J. van der Stoep (eds.) Philosophy Put to Work. Contemporary Issues in Art, Society, Politics, Science and Religion. Amsterdam: VU University Amsterdam/Christian Studies 2008, pp. 18 – 50.