Dennis Baert, University of Antwerp
Dennis is employed as a researcher at the Institute for Jewish studies of the University of Antwerp, where he is working towards a doctorate in Philosophy. Besides a Master’s degree in Philosophy, he also holds a Master of Laws degree. He has studied at the University of Leuven, the Humboldt University in Berlin and St. Edmunds College of the University of Cambridge. Dennis’ academic interests are broad but primarily lie in modern and contemporary (Jewish) philosophy of religion, political and general theology, German-Jewish thought, existentialism and especially the points where these fields intersect. A central guiding question for him is how an “intellectually serious” (Jewish) orthodoxy is possible within the modern world and what its contribution to this modern world could be. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys reading literature and history, going to the theater and the opera, and most of all visiting museums and places of historic interest. On a slightly less pretentious level, he enjoys comedy and satire of very different stripes and overanalyzing pop culture.