Prof. dr. Düwell, M. (Marcus)

Utrecht University
Section: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Faculty: Humanities

Visiting address

Janskerkhof 13A 3512 BL Utrecht


Marcus Düwell (born in 1962) holds a chair for philosophical ethics at Utrecht University.

He is currently:

  • Director of the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University
  • Editor-in-Chief of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (Springer)
  • Vice-President of the Helmuth Plessner-Society
  • Chair of the board of the Dutch Philosophy Institutes (disciplineoverleg Wijsbegeerte)
  • Member of the board of the NWO division for Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the board of Utrecht University’s Strategic Theme “Institutions of Open Societies”.


From 2005-2012 Marcus was director of the Netherlands Research School for Practical Philosophy ad co-founder of the Netherlands Research School for Philosophy. From 2007-2015 he was director of the Utrecht Research Institute for Philosophy and Religious Studies. Düwell studied Philosophy, German Literature and Theology in Tübingen and Munich. His PhD-thesis at the university of Tübingen was a philosophical investigation about the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. From 1993-2001 he was academic coordinator of the Interdepartmental Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen. His research interests include foundational topics in moral and political philosophy (particular the ethics of human dignity and human rights), and philosophical anthropology, climate ethics and bioethics.

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