Maarten Doorman


1985 …2023

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Maarten Doorman is endowed Professor of Cultural History of Germany at the Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for DIA (Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam) and teaches philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Maastricht, and at University College Maastricht. He was editor of the literary magazine Hollands Maandblad and the philosophical journal Krisis and has been a critic of philosophy, poetry and history of ideas for the leading newspapers NRC Handelsblad (now: NRC) and de Volkskrant. He has been contributor to many journals and newspapers with articles about philosophy, the visual arts, history and literature. His last books are Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde (2003), De romantische orde (2004), Paralipomena (2007), Rousseau en ik (2012, on authenticity), De navel van Daphne (2016, on art and engagement), Dichtbij en ver weg (essays on art, philosophy and literature, 2018) and Een jager in het woud. Frankrijk, Duitsland, Europa (2023). Doorman participated in many radio and television programs (as in the television program Zeeman met boeken) and is a well known intellectual in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Gouden Ganzenveer Academy and of the supervisory board of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Books available: Denkers in de ring (philosophical anthology, 6th ed. 2004), Steeds mooier. Over vooruitgang in de kunst (5th ed. 2005), Filosofen van deze tijd (with H. Pott, 16th ed. 2021), Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde (2003), De romantische orde (3rd ed. 2012), Kiekertak en Klotterbooke. Gedachten over de canon (inaugural speech, 2005). A Romantikus Rend (transl. of De romantische orde, 2006), Rousseau en ik, (7th ed. 2022), De navel van Daphne (2nd ed. 2016), Dichtbij en ver weg (2018) and Een jager in het woud, Frankrijk, Duitsland, Europa (2023).

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External positions

Member Advisory Board, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

18 Dec 201818 Dec 2022

Special Chair Humanities VU, Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam

1 Apr 20161 Apr 2021

Gouden Ganzenveer Academie

2015 → …