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Drees, Willem B.

Tilburg | Netherlands
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Willem B. Drees is emeritus professor of philosophy of the humanities at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, where he served as dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. Previously he was professor of philosophy of religion and ethics at Leiden University.

From 2008 until 2018 he was also the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Previously, he served as president of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, ESSSAT. His initial training was in physics and mathematics. Drees has earned doctorates in religious studies and philosophy. Twice he received a Fulbright grant. He is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Among his publications are Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God (Open Court, 1990), Religion, Science and Naturalism (Cambridge UP, 1996), and Religion and Science in Context: A Guide to the Debates (Routledge, 2010), as well as various edited volumes, including The Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century, with Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld (Leiden University Press, 2008).