J.E. de Jong

Johan de Jong is assistant professor in the history of modern philosophy at Utrecht University.

He teaches at the Philosophy Department and at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and specializes in post-Kantian continental philosophy.

Before that, he lectured at the University of Amsterdam, where he also did his graduate work on Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida (The Movement of Thinking, cum laude). He is currently working his dissertation into a book and pursuing research on Hegel, Heidegger and skepticism. He is also an editor for Dutch literary-philosophical publisher Parrèsia.

“During my BA and MA, my main interests were in the contemporary relevance of classical metaphysical themes. I specialized in Kant, Hegel, phenomenology and ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle and ancient skepticism). I became increasingly interested in the limits of theoretical knowledge, and I wrote my MA-thesis on the indefinability of being in Kant and Heidegger (cum laude).

I did my graduate work as a “docentpromovendus” (PhD-candidate and lecturer combined) at the University of Amsterdam. My dissertation started as a critique of the work of Jacques Derrida, and ended up asking how a critique is possible at all of a thinking (in Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida) that explicitly conceives of its essence in terms of a movement, development or pathway, rather than in terms of its positive results, claims or conclusions.

In 2013 I spent a semester at Vanderbilt University in Nashville – for which I won a €7.500 scholarship from the Royal Dutch Culture Fund (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds) – and was a seminar leader at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Città di Castello in 2016, after having attended as a participant in 2014 and 2015.”