Professor Walter Van Herck

WVH holds a PhD (1996) from the Institute of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven. The topic was the role of metaphors in religious language. Since 2004, he teaches philosophy of religion and a course on worldviews and the meaning of life at the University of Antwerp. He was guest professor at Ghent University (2013-2023) for philosophy of religion.
He is the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (published by Routledge). With colleagues he provided the first Dutch translation of Hume’s Natural History of Religion and of Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Reason. He edited books on e.g. Religion and Humour and on The Sacred in the City. Among his recent publications in English are an article on Olivier Roy’s notion of Pure Religion (Toronto Journal of Theology) and a contribution on ‘Emotions, Discourse, and Religion’ (in Language and Emotion: an international handbook, Berlin: De Gruyter).