Philosophy on the move
With this website I want to show you some of my work: a philosophy blog, some books, a separate page in Dutch, a poetry blog, and a blog with poems in Dutch.
NEWSIn January 2019, on the page for books I added a download of my 2012 book 'BEYOND HUMANISM: THE FLOURISHING OF LIFE, SELF AND OTHER', where concerning the relation between self and other I try to find a path between Nietzsche and Levinas. You can download it here In December 2018, on the page for the philosophy blog I added a bundle of 24 items on pragmatism. You can download it here.
Welcome to my website!
After my studies of mathematics and econometrics and military service I worked for Shell International Oil Company, in the Hague and London, until 1974. Among other things, I was involved in developing the tools for scenario analysis. There I learned about radical uncertainty, using scenario’s rather than forecasting, and I learned that robustness of a policy is more important than optimality. See the illustration.
Having learned about big business, I joined a research institute for small business, and learned about entrepreneurship. I obtained a PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After becoming scientific director of the institute, in 1984 I left, to pursue an academic career in social science, as a professor of innovation, at several universities in the Netherlands, until retirement in 2008.
I was awarded several prizes: Kapp prize (1996) Gunnar Myrdal prize (2004) and Schumpeter prize (2009). In 2000 I was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. See my curriculum vitae. I published some 13 books and 350 articles, on innovation, entrepreneurship, alliances, networks, collaboration and trust. See my publication list.
In 2006 – 2008 I was member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), where I coordinated an advisory report on Innovation Policy. There, I learned how little innovation policy can deal with the radical uncertainty of radical innovation. There is an irrepressible tendency to revert to rational design.
I have been reading philosophy all my life, but started writing it after retirement.
A key part of my work, in both innovation and philosophy, is a theory of invention. In philosophy I use it to go beyond post modernism, preserving what is useful in it and replacing what is not, in a dynamic view of the self, meaning, truth, rationality, and ethics. Hence the title of the blog: philosophy on the move.
Another key subject is that of ‘Self and other’ in philosophy, and related to that, ‘Collaboration’ in economics, and ‘Trust’. On 6th July 2015 I had an interview on my work on trust. The video can be seen on YouTube.
I have been involved in lectures, interviews and discussions concerning basic income and horizontal control, and in a project for a fundamental revision of economic theory.
I have written poems all my life, with intervals, in batches, and recently, after taking a course in writing poems and joining a poetry criticism group in Amsterdam, I started reshaping them and posting them on a new blog: https://poetrypinfold.blogspot.nl. For Dutch poems https://bartnooteboomgedichten.blogspot.com
Bart Nooteboom over het basisinkomen
Fragmenten uit een documentaire over het basisinkomen, in opdracht van LUCA School of Arts