Imagine a man who has never known music - if he comes to us and hears someone play Chopin,Owl speaks Dutch
would he not be convinced that this is a language, and that people somehow want to keep its meaning hidden from him?
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Zettel.
Gijs van Oenen is senior lecturer in practical philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was born in 1959, and studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. After getting his M.A. in 1986, he was awarded a research appointment in philosophy of law, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1994. .
He headed the research program Interpassive metal fatigue, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), from 2007-2012. Next to the Erasmus University, he has been affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, Webster University Leiden, and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design.
From 2013 on, he is also a fellow of Erasmus University College.
* Senior lecturer in practical
philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus
University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1994-present
* Fellow and lecturer at Erasmus University College, 2013-present
* Project leader of research program Interpassive metal fatigue sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2007-2012.
* Lecturer at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, spring 2007
* Adjunct professor, Webster University Leiden, summer 2002.
* Post doc researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 1996-1998 (part time).
* Lecturer in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1995
* Ph.D. degree in law/philosophy, january 1994, University of Amsterdam. Thesis (in Dutch): Convention and law's intrigue. A vision on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy
* Research assistant in legal philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 1987-1993
* Lecturer in political science at the Haarlem Polytechnic, 1987 and 1988
* M.A. degree in political science, University of Amsterdam, august 1986 (cum laude).
* Assistant lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 1984-1986
I teach social and political philosophy, legal philosophy, and ethics, as well as philosophy of arts & humanities and their history, both at the Faculty of Philosophy and at Erasmus University College.
As of 2015, my courses are almost exclusively in English.
Next to courses in the Faculty of Philosophy and the University College, I also taught an interdivisional 'minor'' on the history of the social sciences and the humanities (2001-2014), and a university-wide 'Honours Course' for excellent bachelorstudents (2009-2012).
In the Erasmus Graduate School for Social Sciences and Humanities, I teach two Ph.D. courses, on Philosophy of the humanities and social sciences, and on Great thinkers of the last 50 years.
Take a look at the list of all
my courses over the years (in both Dutch and English
niet! Over de interpassieve samenleving. Van Gennep, Amsterdam
[Not right now please! On interpassive society]
Anders denken over de rechtsstaat. Boom Juridische
uitgevers, Den Haag 2004
[Unfit law. Thinking through the rule of law] [A collection of essays ]
surplus van illegaliteit. De Balie, Amsterdam 2002
[Illegality's surplus. An essay on the social, political, and philosophical (surplus) value of illegality]
orde. Gedogen en de omgang met wilde praktijken. Boom,
Amsterdam 2002 [edited volume]
[Unruly order. On forbearance and how to deal with unruly practices]
en rechtsintrige. Een visie op de rechtstheorie van Ronald
Dworkin. W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink, Zwolle 1994
[Ph.D. dissertation on Ronald Dworkin's legal philosophy]
Some of my shorter English-language texts are
[for other - longer - online texts try my list of publications]
Ups and downs of interpassivity. Email dialogue between Geert Lovink and Gijs van Oenen. In: Theory & Event, 15/2, 2012
Revisiting Benjamin's artwork essay after 75 years. In: Krisis 2011/3
ambiguous securities. Essay for catalogue of exposition Konspirative
/ Conspiracy dwellings, curated by Pam Skelton, Erfurt
(Germany), 28 september till 16 november 2007; South Hill Park,
Bracknell (UK), 1 december 2007 till 20 januari 2008.
a research project. Presentation at Studiedag
Theaterwetenschap 2007, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, 31
Flexible man can no longer keep up. In: Happy. Magazine, catalogue accompanying
the exposition Pursuit
of Happiness in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht. Published by
november 2005, Utrecht, p.
Languishing in securityscape. The interpassive transformation of the public sphere. In: Open, no.6, 2004, p. 6-16
The art of
unsettling. Mobile architecture and its political surplus
value. In: Parasite
Paradise. A manifesto for temporary architecture and
flexible urbanism. SKOR (Foundation for art and public space)
and NAI publishers 2003., 14-19
Prepare to be assimilated! Resistance is futile (comments on Will Kymlicka, april 2000)
Identity time! Being yourself without really trying (originally published in Dutch in Krisis, winter 1999)
Take it easy. How underenforcement of law can benefit the rule of law (originally published in NRC Handelsblad, september 20, 2000)
address Faculty of Philosophy, Woudestein
campus, H-building, room H5-27,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
postal address Faculty of Philosophy, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
telephone +31.10.4088999/8963. Fax: +31.10.4089030