Contact details

he/him b.vandenbrink@ucr.nl Tel: +31 (0) 118 655 500
Franklin 1.17
For appointments: mt@ucr.nl | +31(0)118655507

About me

I am the Dean at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg as well as a professor of Political and Social Philosophy. As Dean I chair UCR Board and bear final responsibility for the academic program and the organization under mandates from the Rector Magnificus/University Board of Utrecht University and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation University College Roosevelt.

My teaching and research focus on the political legitimacy of democratic decisions, on moral aspects of social relations and institutions, and on the status of liberal values in intercultural relations. Recently I have started teaching on visual representations of politics in television and photography.

UCR is all about a wholehearted dedication to the development of the future alumnus understood as a well-formed and educated person, rather than a receptacle of specialized skills and knowledge. My reason for coming to University College Roosevelt is its full dedication to undergraduate teaching in the Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition. I consider this the best educational philosophy for most undergraduate students. UCR’s residential approach with its inner city campus in one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful towns is an integral part of this.

Selected publications

Articles/Chapters

  • ​Miklós Zala, Simon Rippon, Tom Theuns, Sem de Maagt and Bert van den Brink, “From political philosophy to messy empirical reality.” In: Justice and Vulnerability in Europe: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. by Trudie Knijn and Dorota Lepianka, Cheltenham  UK and Northampton MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2020, pp. 37-54.
  • Simon Rippon, Miklos Zala, Tom Theuns, Sem de Maagt and Bert van den Brink, “Thinking about justice: a traditional philosophical framework.” In: Justice and Vulnerability in Europe: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. by Trudie Knijn and Dorota Lepianka, Cheltenham  UK and Northampton MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2020, pp. 16-37.
  • Bert van den Brink, “Imagining Civic Relations in the Moment of their Breakdown: Reflections on a Civic Crisis in the Netherlands,” in: Multiculturalism and Political Theory, Anthony Laden and David Owen, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Books

  • ​Bert van den Brink and David Owen (eds.), Recognition and Power: Axel Honneth and the Tradition of Critical Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Bert van den Brink, The Tragedy of Liberalism: And Alternative Defense of a Political Tradition, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2000.

 Inaugural lecture

  • Bert van den Brink, Beeld van Politiek. Oratie. Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, 2010..

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Ancillary Activities

  • Editorial Board Constellations (unremunerated)
  • Editorial Board Ethical Perspectives (unremunerated)
  • Editorial Board Contemporary Political Theory (unremunerated)
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of ECOLAS, Consortium of European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (unremunerated)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Foundation Roosevelt Center for Excellence in Education, Middelburg, 2017-2020 (unremunerated)
  • Member of the Scientific Council of Zeeland (unremunerated)
  • Member of the Board of Recommendation Etty Hillesum Onderzoekscentrum, Middelburg (unremunerated)
  • Member of the Board of Recommendation of of Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies KU Leuven (unremunerated)
  • Member Professorial Chair History of International Relations, Leiden University/Roosevelt Center for International Studies (unremunerated)
  • I occasionally act as committee member or chair in advisory committees for organizations such as NVAO, NWO, and other universities. If such positions are remunerated, the income goes to UCR.