On the 1st of November 2019 at 4 p.m., prof. dr. Lans Bovenberg and prof. dr. Paul van Geest will hold their inaugural lecture together in the auditorium of the Erasmus University. The title of Bovenbergs inaugural lecture is: 'Where is the love' and that of Van Geest 'In caritate radicati et fundati (Eph. 3:17) - rooted and founded in love'. The 29th of October they gave an interview in Trouw together, which can be read here.
By holding their inaugural lecture together, both professors want to emphasize that they want to promote interdisciplinary research in their respective disciplines. Economists challenge theologians to involve the economic reality more explicitly in their quest for meaning. Theologians hand suggestions to economists to broaden their model of the homo economicus, which merely is rational and acts in self-interest. This can be done by considering the human being not only as an economic, but also as a relational being, which is not always rational but grows by being loved and loving.
In 2018 prof dr. Lans Bovenberg and prof.dr. Paul van Geest, both professor at Tilburg University, were appointed as parttime professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Their chairs have been made possible with support of the Erasmus Holding, the Erasmus School of Economics and the Erasmus School of Philosophy.
By creating these chairs, the EUR wants to contribute to interdisciplinary research and education at the intersection of philosophy, theology and economics. It thus connects to important developments in economic thinking and expects to enrich both its education in philosphy and economics.
They will hold their inaugural lecture at November the 1st, at 16:00 PM exactly in the auditorium of the EUR.
An adaptation of their oration can be read in the Reformed Daily.