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About Siegfried Van Duffel

I was trained as a philosopher, but completed my PhD at Ghent University Law School. Currently I am a visiting scholar at National Taiwan University.
Before coming to Taiwan, I spent three years as assistant professor at Groningen University, where I taught ethics and political theory. In 2007, I took up a post-doc at the National University of Singapore. In the first half of 2010, I worked on a research project with the Center of Excellence in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics of the Universtity of Helsinki. After that I taught at the University of Hong Kong for three semesters.
My main project is to complete a book on human rights and cultural differences. The aim of this book is to describe human rights theories as an aspect of the culture in which they were developed.
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Present Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Helsinki

Research Interests

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Legal Theory, and Cultural Differences

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  • Introduction to ethics
  • Consequentialism and egalitarianism
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Seminars on Korsgaard’s The Sources of Normativity
  • Comparative science of religion
  • Close-reading seminars on Edward Said Orientalism
  • Tutorials on cultural relativism
  • Training sessions in mind-mapping
  • Post-colonial studies
  • Close-reading seminars on Balagangadhara, S.N. "The Heathen in His Blindness"

Contact Information

NUS, Philosophy
3 Arts Link
Singapore 117570


Sovereignty (2)

Human rights (3)

Libertarianism (2)

Analytical Jurisprudence (1)

Historical development of rights language (3)