Joint inaugural lecture by Professors Lans Bovenberg and Paul van Geest

Erasmus School of Economics

On 1 November 2019, Professors Lans Bovenberg and Paul van Geest will give their inaugural lecture together in the aula of Erasmus University Rotterdam. By doing so, Bovenberg and Van Geest emphasise their wish to promote interdisciplinary research and education between philosophy, economics and theology.

With the establishment of the chairs of Bovenberg and Van Geest, Erasmus University Rotterdam responds to important developments in economic ideas and enhances the range of education offered by both the philosophy and economy study programmes. Economists challenge theologists to involve more explicitly the importance of reciprocity in their questions about meaning. Theologists make suggestions to economists to expand their model of the homo economicus, who is only rational and acts from self-interest. This is possible by regarding humans as not merely economic beings but more as social beings, who are not always rational but who grow through giving and receiving love.

About Bovenberg and van Geest

Lans Bovenberg and Paul van Geest, both professors at Tilburg University, were recently appointed part-time professors in Rotterdam. Paul van Geest has been associated with Erasmus School of Philosophy as Professor of Theology and Economy since 1 January 2018. His chair has been co-facilitated by Erasmus Holding and Erasmus School of Economics. Lans Bovenberg has been associated with Erasmus School of Economics as Professor of Relational Economics, Values and Leadership since 1 January 2019. He combines this part-time position with his position as Professor of Economics at Tilburg University, in the F.J.D. Goldschmeding chair.

Additional information

The ceremony will start at 16:00 in the Aula of the university (Erasmus building), Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 in Rotterdam. The reception will follow in the same building.

More information

For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media and Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics:, mobile phone: +31 (0)6 53 641 846.