Wiep van Bunge is professor of History of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
After graduating from Utrecht University, he was drafted into the Army serving as an officer in the cavalry. He took his PhD at Erasmus University with a thesis on the seventeenth-century amateur philosopher Johannes Bredenburg (1990) and in 2000 he was appointed in Rotterdam on the endowed chair of the Vereniging Het Spinozahuis. Two years later he became full professor of the History of Philosophy. From 2004 to 2012 he was dean of the Rotterdam Faculty of Philosophy and from 2008 to 2010 he held an additional chair at the Free University of Brussels on behalf of the Algemeen Nederlands Verbond. He is an elected member of both the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Wiep van Bunge is the author of six books. Next to his dissertation he wrote two – very - short introductions to Spinoza and the early, radical Enlightenment in Dutch: one on invitation by the Municipality of The Hague (2008, also issued in English and French), another containing an extended version of his Brussels inaugural lecture (2010). His books in English constitute something of a trilogy on the history of philosophy in the Dutch Republic: From Stevin to Spinoza (Brill, 2001), Spinoza Past and Present (Brill, 2012), and From Bayle to the Batavian Revolution (forthcoming). He also (co-)edited several titles, including De draagbare Spinoza (Prometheus, 1992), Disguised and Overt Spinozism (Brill, 1996), Balthasar Bekker’s Die bezauberte Welt (Frommann-Holzboog, 1997), The Early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic (Brill, 2003), The Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers (Thoemmes, 2003), Spinoza and Dutch Cartesianism (Königshausen & Neumann, 2006), Pierre Bayle, le philosophe de Rotterdam (Brill, 2008), and The Continuum/Bloomsbury Companion to Spinoza (2011/2014). In addition, he was a member of the team directed by Antony McKenna that edited Pierre Bayle’s Correspondance (Voltaire Foundation, 1999-2017).
In 2011 he delivered a series of lectures on Spinoza at Delft University of Technology, available on CD (https://www.home-academy.nl/) and he appeared in several documentaries, including the award-winning Spinoza. Een vrije denker, directed by Robin Lutz (2015) and Vraag 11597 by Inge Meijer (2015). With Tim de Mey he created a MOOC (https://www.coursera.org/), entitled The Politics of Skepticism (2017).