Prof. G. Glas

foto Gerrit Glas
Extraodinary professor Dooyeweerd Chair

I am philosopher and practicing psychiatrist. I was born in 1954 and studied medicine (University of Amsterdam; 1981) and philosophy (VU University; 1982; cum laude). I am trained as psychiatrist (1985; University of Amsterdam) and group psychotherapist (1997). My dissertation was titled Concepts of Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders. A scientific and philosophical study (Utrecht, 1991). The dissertation was awarded with the van Helsdingen Award for philosophy and psychiatry (1993). From 1993 – 2009 I had a special chair in Christian Philosophy at Leiden University (Faculty of Philosophy). From 2006 – 2012 I had a chair for philosophy and psychiatry at Leiden University Medical Centre. From 2008 until now I am appointed at the Faculty of Philosophy at VU University Amsterdam (Dooyeweerd chair).


My research focuses on philosophical questions at the interface between (neuro)science, philosophy, clinical (mainly psychiatric) practice, and religion. I owe much to the philosophical systematic framework of Herman Dooyeweerd, one of the founding fathers of Christian philosophy in the Reformed tradition in Netherlands. Areas of special interest are: theories on self and personhood, the philosophy of anxiety, the nature of evil and forgiveness, the concept of disease, the epistemology of clinical knowledge, and the nature of normative practices.

Academic Publications

My academic publications can be found via:

  • Leiden University Repository (around 100 publications with PDF’s until 2009)
  • VU-DARE (VU Digital Academic Repository) (search on Faculties >> Philosophy >> Glas; and you will find publications after 2009)
  • Academia Edu (you will find around 50 papers, most of them downloadable)

Selected publications

For more publications you may constult a selected list of my academic publications.


I teach a.o. in three master programmes:

  • Christian Studies for Science and Society;
  • Philosophy, Bioethics and Health;
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (Neurophilosophy and Ethics).

This year I also will teach a course on Science and Religion (together with Jeroen de Ridder). 

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising 10 PhD projects as first promotor and 4 PhD projects as second promotor.

Office hours

Tuesday and Friday

Personal website


A more extensive list of my activities can be found in my Vita.