Martin Drenthen

Martin Drenthen is Associate Professor Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, at the Institute for Science in Society (ISiS), at the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computing Science at Radboud University

His research topics include philosophy of landscape, ethics of environmental restoration. From 2013 to 2018 he was project leader of the VIDI project "Reading the Landscape, A hermeneutic approach to environmental ethics", about ethical issues regarding rewilding and landscape conservation. 

He teaches several courses at the Faculty of Science at Radboud University: Biodiversity and ecological co-existence, Environmental Ethics, Bioethics for Life Scientistst, Philosophy of Water Management, and Biology & Society. He is coordinator of the module Ecology and sustainability of the Bachelor Program Philosophy, Politics and Society (PPS). 

Currently, he is board member and PhD coordinator af the Institute for Science in Society (ISiS) and coördinator of the Master Program Philosophy of the Natural Sciences at Radboud UniversityHe is international representative for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) and the International Association of Environmental Philosophy (IAEP), member of the General Editorial Board of Environmental Values, and reviewer for the journal Environmental Ethics. Moreover, he is member of the Association of Ethicists in the Netherlands (VvEN), and of the Dutch Association for Bioethics (NVBe).


From 2010 to 2013, Martin was coordinator of the 'Environmental ethics group' at the Netherlands School for Research in Philosophy ( He also was coordinator of the ISiS Cluster 1 'Understanding nature and landscape debates' and the ISiS Centre for Nature and Societyresearcher at the CSG Center for Society and the Life Sciences (focusing on questions regarding new developments in the ecological sciences and the rise of ecogenomics). He was involved in Project Waalweelde, which in the relation between ecosystem-based water management and cultural identity. From 2013 to 2015 he was researcher at the EU FP7 presearch project  BIOMOT (MOTivational strength of ecosystem services and alternative ways to express the value of BIOdiversity). Martin was coordinator of the European Network for Environmental Ethics of the program advisory board van Field Study Centre Huize Wylerberg and of the Greater Yellowstone College Advisory Board.  He teaches at postgraduate level Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Water Management, and Bioethics for Life Scientists and Biology ans Society at the bachelor level.   Earlier, Martin worked as a junior researcher at the Center for Ethics of the University of Nijmegen from 1995 to 1999. He got his PhD on April 7th, 2003 on his dissertation (in Dutch) 'Bordering Wildness. On the Significance of Nietzsche's Critique of Morality for Environmental Ethics' (see 'publications '). From 2002 to 2004 he was program coordinator at the Institute for Science and Society (W&S) at the University of Nijmegen. In spring 2004, he was Assistant Professor in Environmental Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Arts at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).  He also was executive editor of Filosofie & Praktijk (the journal of the Association of Ethicists in the Netherlands, VvEN), advisor of the Ethical Board at the Laurentius Hospital in the city of Roermond, ethicist at the animal ethics commission of the University of Utrecht, member of the 'Animal Philosophy and Bio-Ethics Group' at the Department of Philosophy and Science Studies at the University of Nijmegen, and member of the Nietzsche-workgroup.

For a more extensive curriculum vitae, see here.

Martin Drenthen
          Associate Professor of Philosophy, 
          Institute for Science in Society (ISiS)
          Mailbox number 77
          Faculty of Science
          Radboud University of Nijmegen
          Postbox 9010
          6500 GL Nijmegen
          the Netherlands
          telephone: +31-24-3652730 (office) / +31-24-3238397 (home)

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