Author: Willem B. Drees
Willem B. Drees, the author of What Are the Humanities For?, is a philosopher of the humanities and of religion, a former academic dean at Tilburg University and Leiden University, both in the Netherlands, a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and the recipient of two Fulbright Grants. He has earned doctorates in philosophy and in religious studies, while his initial training was in theoretical physics. Among his previous publications are Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God (Open Court, 1990), Religion, Science and Naturalism (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Religion and Science in Context: A Guide to the Debates (Routledge, 2010), and the edited volume, with P.S. van Koningsveld, The Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century (Leiden University Press, 2008).