The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has a strong and longstanding expertise on secular thought, in historical as well as contemporary perspectives. This is rooted in the basic principle of the university, the principle of free inquiry (vrij onderzoek), which unites scientists from the exact and human sciences alike. The newly established Secular Studies Association Brussel (SSAB) unites the academics as the Center for the Study of the Enlightenment and Free Thought once did. The present core of the new research group is still to be found in the humanities, with researchers from the departments of history, philosophy, the law faculty and the faculty of psychology and education. We warmly welcome contributions made by other disciplines. As such our approach to secular studies is purposely broad.
We are convinced that research into the growing group of seculars in society should become a spearhead of our university, able to collaborate on an equal footing with analogous foreign researchers and institutes. These collaborations or partnerships can provide a platform able to connect with a society that is increasing in diversity, but where the, broadly defined, secular profile is still little known.
Publication alert: Waarom dit niet de laatste oorlog is. Over de psychologie van internationale conflictenOur member Koert Debeuf recently published a monograph on the psychology of international conflicts. Dr. Debeuf uses his years of expertise in the geopolitical field and his personal experiences to show that war is not fought for economic, but for psychological reasons.
Verslag: ‘The non-religious and the State’. De keuzes en strategieën van niet-gelovigen en buitenkerkelijken vandaag en gisterengelovigen en buitenkerkelijken vandaag en gisteren Dit verslag verscheen origineel op de website van Liberas en werd door Christoph De Spiegeleer geschreven. Onderstaand is een licht aangepaste versie.
- We are glad to report the publication of the acta from a symposium held at the Constitutional Court in honor of the chairman’s, François Daout, retirement (emeritaat). The publication ‘Réflections autour de la laïcité/Reflecties over laïciteit’ is available with publishers die Keure and Anthemis.
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