Prof.dr. Jos de Mul (1956) is professor in Philosophical Anthropology and its History. He studied Philosophy in Utrecht and Amsterdam (MA in 1981, cum laude) and in 1993 he obtained his PhD (cum laude) at the University of Nijmegen with a thesis in which he reconstructed Wilhelm Dilthey’s Kritik der historischen Vernunft [Critique of historical Reason]. He has joined the Philosophy department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1988.
De Mul’s research focuses on the (partly overlapping) domains of philosophical anthropology, philosophy of art and culture, and the philosophy of information and communication technologies. He has published twenty books and more than two hundred twenty academic articles and book contributions. He also contributes on regular basis to leading national quality newspapers and weekly’s in The Netherlands, such as Trouw, de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad and Vrij Nederland. His work has been published and/or translated in more than a dozen languages. His monographs include Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1999), The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey’s Hermeneutics of Life (Yale University Press, 2004), Cyberspace Odyssey (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), and Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology (State University of New York Press, 2014). Volumes (co-)edited by De Mul include Plessners’s Philosophical Anthropology. Perspectives and Prospects (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) and Playful Identities. The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures (Amsterdam University Press, 2015).
So far, he has been quite successful in the acquisition of research funds (e.g. the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Australian Research Council, Cassirer Foundation, and Dutch Foundation for Literature). So far, De Mul supervised 30 successfully completed PhD theses, while 13 other PhD projects are running.
Het has been visiting professor at several prestigious international universities, such as the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007-2008), Fudan University in Shanghai (2008), and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2016), and visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is member of the editorial board of many (inter)national journals and book series, and has been member and chair of various program committees of the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO)Â and (international) quality assessment committees. De Mul was President of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA) and vice-president of the International Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft. In 1994 he was awarded a national Praemium Erasmianum Research Prize for his dissertation De tragedie van de eindigheid. Dithey’s hermeneutiek van het leven, and in 2003 he received the Socratesbeker for the most urgent, innovative and exciting philosophy book published in 2002, for his book Cyberspace odyssee.
Website prof.dr. Jos de Mul: www.demul.nl