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Martin van Hees Portrait

Martin van Hees (1964) is a Dutch philosopher and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He focuses his research on analysing moral and political values and studies the relationship between social justice and individual freedom. In his most recent research, he looks at questions regarding responsibility for the outcomes of collective decision-making processes. His research is highly interdisciplinary. Van Hees was Professor of ethics at the University of Groningen and since 2013 professor of political theory at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He received the highly regarded VICI-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for “Modelling Freedom: Formal Analysis and Normative Philosophy” – an interdisciplinary research program. In 2014, Van Hees started his professorship of Ethics at the Free University Amsterdam (VU). He is senior editor of ‘Economics and Philosophy’. Since 2016 Van Hees is Dean of the John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam and program director for the VU research program ‘Philosophy, Politics & Economics Bachelor’s’.