Welcome to my website


 This website was started in februari 2015. With it I want  to direct you to my philosophy blog:  http://philosophyonthemove.blogspot.nl , and to show you some of my books.

The blog was started in june 2012, and November 2016 it had been viewed 41.000 times in 98 countries. It offers short pieces of 500-700 words that can be read independently, though there are references between them.

It goes through a wide range of philosophical issues: knowledge/truth, ethics/morality, language/meaning, culture, and society. This is done from a constructivist, pragmatist perspective, inspired by the American pragmatist philosophers, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, among others. I try to use philosophy as a perspective for understanding present society. The focus is on dynamics: change of knowledge (invention), meaning, society, and organization.

In October 2016 the blog received the award of belonging to the top 100 philosophy blogs

I have had a career in social science, as a professor of innovation, at several universities in the Netherlands. I was awarded several prizes: Kapp prize, Gunnar Myrdal prize and Schumpeter prize.  See my curriculum vitae below. I published some 350 books and articles, on innovation, entrepreneurship, alliances, networks, collaboration and trust. See my publication list below. 



I have been reading philosophy all my life, but started writing it after retirement, in 2008.

A key part of my work, in both innovation and philosophy, is a 'theory' of invention. In philosophy I use it to go beyond postmodernism, preserving what is useful in it and replacing what is not, in a dynamic view of the self, meaning, truth, rationality, and ethics. It was developed in my 2000 book 'Learning and innovation in organizations and economies' (Oxford U. Press). You can download a summary of the theory below: click on 'cycle of invention'.     

In 2012 I published a philosophy book 'Beyond humanism: The flourishing of life, self and other', Palgrave-MacMillan. On the right, you can download the last chapter, with conclusions and summary.  

In 2014, paperback 2015, the book 'How markets work and fail, and what to make of them' ,  Edward Elgar.  

In april 2015 a philosophy book 'Beyond nihilism: Imperfection on the move'. It is available in Print on Demand (POD) at https://createspace.com/5391558  and Amazon.com.  

On 6th July 2015  I was interviewed for the Journal of Trust Research. See below. The interview can also be seen on YouTube

Recently, I have been involved in lectures, interviews and discussions concerning basic income and horizontal control.

Currently I am involved in a project for a fundamental revision of economic theory and teaching.

I am available for lectures and seminars on the topics shown on this website


Curriculum Vitae
CVlong.pdf (56.32KB)
Curriculum Vitae


Interview on trust
Interview trust.pdf (133.34KB)
Interview on trust
Interview trust.pdf




publication list
PUBLICAT.pdf (1.64MB)
publication list

Bundles of blog

Below and on the right, there are bundles of items from the blog, sorted according to theme. Now and then I add new pieces from the blog to the bundles.

The Ten most read items on the philosophy blog are: 19. Beyond nihilism: Imperfection on the move, 68. Trust: What is it, 63. Nietzsche and Levinas, 72. Uncertainty and openness, 88. Wabi Sabi, 76. How much community, 77.Beyond Enlightenment and Romanticism, 70. Forms of identification, 75. Horizontal control, 73. Psychology of trust.

toptenblog.pdf (76.78KB)




25 pieces on Knowledge, truth and invention: 23. From inside and outside, 24. Body and mind, 25. Forms of truth, 26. Pragmatism, 28. Realism?, 29. Object bias, 31. Invention, 35. The scripture of invention, 57. The value of difference, 104. Truth as argumentation, 106. Relativism, 157. What is rational?, 169. Truth on the move, 172. What do you have in mind? 173. Where does argumentation stop? 216. Theory, concept and fact, 245. Forms of realism, 246. Is it wrong to be right?, 260. What is an intellectual, 263. Order and disorder in thought, 264. Useful, warranted, or workable?, 270. Rationality unravelling, 271. Dumping the deep, 273. Philosophy, science and literature, 274. Is pragmatism conventional? 




27 pieces on Ethics and morality : 5. Free will?, 38. Morality, 39. The good life, 40. Being in the world, 42. Fragility of goodness, 43. Justice, 48. Immorality of the group, 71. Judgements of good and bad,117. Habermas, 118. Debatable ethics , 119. Moral animals?, 120. Does reading literature make people better?, 125. Private and public virtues, 162. Obligation and virtue, 163. Virtue: emotions, nature and others, 164. Trust as virtue, 166. Guilt of unintended harm, 171. Realism and empathy, 174. Moral realism, 175. Morality of causes, 176. Moral failure, 177. Tolerance and forgiveness, 178. Moral instinct, 179. Moral robots?, 180. Economics is not free from values, 224. Ethics and justice, 230. The virtue of distinction. 




Eleven pieces on Nietzsche, nihilism and beyond: 60. Nietzsche's error, 63. Nietzsche and Levinas, 64. Nietzsche, Levinas and me, 143. Forms of nihilism, 144. Response to nihilism 1, 145. Response to nihilism 2, 146. Meaning nihilism, 147. Beyond nihilism: Nietzsche, 148. Imperfection on the move, 149. Nietzsche as a pragmatist, 285. Nietzsche and Aristotle.

Nietzsche.pdf (455.69KB)




21 pieces on Self and other: 6. Love, 46. Intolerance and altruism, 52. History of the self, 53. Narcissism, 54. Self interest, 55. Self and other, 56. Humanism, 57. The value of difference, 60. Nietzsche's error, 61. Levinas: Philosophy of the other, 65. Otherhumanism, 66. The value of collaboration, 76. How much community?, 108. The self as work in progress, 121. How does love work, 122. Commitment and choice, 124. Art, love and God, 134. Notions of the self, 205. Parochial altruism, 209. Identity and altruism in networks, 233. Constructive alienation.    

Self and Other.pdf (308.24KB)




Thirteen pieces on Trust: 68. Trust, what is it?, 69. Sources of trust, 70. Forms of identification, 72. Uncertainty and openness, 73. Psychology of trust, 74. Roles of a go-between, 75. Horizontal control, 107. Hope and trust, 123. The destruction of distrust, 164. Trust as virtue, 196. Trust under stress, 292. The virtues of trust, 293. The rhetoric of trust.   

Trust.pdf (407.07KB)




Nine pieces on Evolution: 27. Evolution, 28. Realism?, 29. Object bias, 30. Evolution in society, 46. Intolerance and altruism are instinctive, 82. Evolution in nature and art, 161. Play, invention and evolution, 195. The mystery of mathematics, 205. Parochial altruism.

Evolution.pdf (55.54KB)



Thirteen pieces on Puzzles in philosophy: 1. What philosophy, 2. Philosophical questions, 7. Geometry and finesse, 16. The problem of universals, 17. Universalism, 18. Change, 28. Realism?, 29. Object bias, 106. Relativism, 158. Analytical and continental philosophy, 184. Unity in diversity, 222. Forms of universals, 234. What is postmodernism? 


Nine pieces on Democracy, autocracy, and fascism: 47. How Nazist is present populism?, 127. Beneficial imperfection, 153. Response to authoritarianism, 160. History goes on, 165. Absolute terror, 181. In the face of terrorism, 227. The cultural roots of ISIS success, 236. The problem of multiculturalism, 241. Response to fascism? 




Fourteen pieces on Eastern and Western philosophy: 128. Eastern and Western philosophy, 129. What to make of East and West, 130. Confucius, 131. Neo-confucianism, 133. Religion and pragmatism, 133. Substance and appearance, 134. Notions of the self, 136. Productive ambiguity, 137: Yin and Yang: contrasts and complements, 138: Cycles of change: Yin/Yang and discovery, 139. Nietzsche and Eastern philosophy, 140. Montaigne on the move, 141. The soft power of Yin, 142. Limits of language  . 



Fifteen pieces on The human condition: 15. The human condition, 20. The Enlightenment, 21. Problems with the Enlightenment, 22. Romanticism, 24. Body and mind, 39. The good life, 40. Being in the world, 56. Humanism, 65. Otherhumanism, 77. Beyond Enlightenment and Romanticism, 116. Reason in the rise and fall of civilization, 197. Back to Enlightenment values?, 257. Liberal communitarianism, 283. What answer to populism , 286. Creative conflict and criticism.




Eight pieces on Exit and voice:  123. The destruction of distrust, 164. Trust as virtue, 219. Voicetwitter and barking, 231. The temptation of exit, 232. Will robots have voice?, 233. Constructive alienation, 259. Voice and parrhesia, 286. Creative conflict and criticism.

Exit and voice.pdf (429.86KB)



Seven pieces on System tragedy:  109. Conspiracy, incompetence and system tragedy, 159. System rebellion, 187. System tragedy, 190. The script of financial crises, 206. Ideology and language games in the Greek crisis, 266. Rebellion, 268. Heidegger, Foucault, Wittgenstein, andhow to rebel. 

System tragedy.pdf (263.27KB)


Nine pieces on Time, duration, and discontinuity: Bergson, Derrida, and Bachelard: 248. Connections with Bergson: The linguistic U-turn, 249. Duration: The whole and the parts, 250. Duration, process and invention, 251. Deconstruction, 252. Hermeneutics and literature, 253. Jamming time, 254. How stable is reality?, 255. Continuity and discontinuity, 256. Rest and restlessness.




Fourteen pieces on Art and Literature: 80. Art, 81. Serenity or exuberance?, 82. Evolution in nature and art, 83. Art and nature, 84. The universal and the specific in art, 88. Wabi Sabi, 89. Aesthetic judgement, 90. Ethics and education, 91. Stability and change, art and sex, 92. Free will and literature, 120. Does reading literature produce good people?, 124. Art, love and God, 252. Hermeneutics and literature, 273. Philosophy, science, and literature. 




Twelve pieces on The politics of virtue : 280. Plato and Aristotle, 281. Principles for combining virtue and freedom, 282. Policies for combining virtue and freedom, 284. Which virtues?, 285. Nietzsche and Aristotle, 286. Creative conflict and criticism, 287. The crisis of liberalism, 288. The politics of virtue, 289. Multiple causality of virtues, 290. What virtue debate?, 291. Need for a virtuous elite, 292. Virtues of trust.