Try not to think as a thinker, but as a human being. Seek dialogue with those thinkers who did just this: exposing oneself to the world we live in, finding words for what we can do to maintain, continue and repair it so that all creatures can live in it as well as possible.

(for the record: I combined and changed citations from Feuerbach and Tronto)

Credits photograph: Steffie van den Akker

About me:

I am a philosopher, presently working as assistant professor at the Free University Amsterdam. You can see my university page under the links in the sidebar.

I published 5 books in Dutch, on Spinoza (1996), on nature in ethics (2005), on truth (2006), on spirituality (2007) and on ghosts / spirits (2011). The available ones appear under the links in the sidebar.

I also co-edited 2 books in Dutch, on life as given (2003) and on spiritual formation (2007).

I published numerous articles, in English, Dutch, German, French and Hungarian, on Spinoza, 17th century philosophy, spirituality, ethics, formation in education, religious epistemology, etc.

I am a philosophy correspondent for internet magazine Hippo Reads.

  1. Marjolein said:

    Hi Angela, mooie blog!
    Las net in de biografie van Helene Kroller-Muller dat zij sterk beinvloed is door Spinoza.Wist je dat?

    • Nee, Marjolein, dat wist ik niet! Dank voor je positieve woorden over de blog!

  2. afaf omar said:

    I’m interested in Spinoza metaphysics,

  3. Pius said:

    I have read through Prof Roothan’s website with a lot of interest and amusement. She has a simple style which ties with my vision f an intercultural; philosophy. Her visit to Africa have proved so inspiring and urged us to discuss the validity and relevance of African knowledge systems. I will visit this site regularly an I am so touch with her comments on the colloquium at the university of Calabar , Nigeria.

    • Thanks, Pius, for your encouraging words and support. For three years now I have kept the blog going, and I wish to do so as long as I will be able to work as a researcher and teacher in philosophy.

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