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About me

I am the Dean at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg as well as a professor of Political and Social Philosophy. 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. UCR is all about a wholehearted dedication to the development of the future alumn 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 considers 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


  • ​Thomas Fossen and Bert van den Brink, “Electoral Dioramas: On the Problem of Representation in Voting Advice Applications,” Representation, 51:3 (2015), 341-358.
  • Bert van den Brink, “Pictures of Politics: Deliberative and Other Aspects of Democracy,” ARSP: Archive für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophy 98 (2012/3), 396-410.
  • 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.


  • ​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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