Reformational Philosophy

Renée van Riessen

Renée van Riessen



  • Philosophy of subjectivity (the self), with special attention to themes such as the soul, inwardness, dialogue and education.
  • Philosophy of religion and the relation between philosophy and religion.
  • Philosophy in relation to art (especially literature).
  • Jewish philosophy of the twentieth century (especially Levinas, Buber, and Rozenzweig).

Other activities

  • Assistant Professor philosophy of religion Protestant Theological University (location Groningen)
  • Active as a poet (latest collection: Crickets in the kitchen, Prometheus, Amsterdam 2008
  • Occurs regularly as a guest speaker with lectures on the study area (Augustinus, Levinas, thinking about the soul, etc).



  • Renée van Riessen, Van zichzelf bevrijd. Levinas over transcendentie & nabijheid, Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2019.
  • ‘Rethinking the Ethics of Compassion with Levinas and Badiou’, in: Considering Compassion: Global Ethics, Human Dignity, and the Compassionate, eds. Frits de Lange & L. Juliana Claassens, Wipf&Stock 2018, 49-65.
  • ‘How to become a Friend of Job? ’, in: The Future of Creation Order, Vol 2. Order Among Humans: Humanities, Social Science and Normative Practices, eds. Govert J. Buijs & Annette K. Mosher,  Springer 2018.
  • Renée van Riessen en Onno Zijlstra (red.), Wat bezielt Kierkegaard? Zeven essays over een dwarse denker, Eindhoven: Damon, 2014.
  • Renée van Riessen, De ziel opnieuw. Over innerlijkheid, inspiratie & onderwijs, Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2013.
  • Renée van Riessen, Advancing Beyond Socrates? On Education, Inspiration and Inwardness in Kierkegaard and Levinas, Philosophia Reformata 78 (1), 64-81.
  • Renée van Riessen, Verder gaan dan Socrates? Over onderwijs, bezieling en innerlijkheid bij Socrates en Levinas, Oratie 2012, Leiden.
  • Man as a Place of God, Levinas’ Hermeneutics of Kenosis (Dordrecht 2007)