Siegfried Van Duffel

School of Sciences and Humanities, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Department chair
+7(7172) 70 63.09

I was trained as a philosopher and completed a Ph.D. in law at Ghent University (Belgium). Before coming to Nazarbayev University, I taught Ethics and Political Theory at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the University of Hong Kong. I also held post-doc positions at the National University of Singapore and the Center of Excellence in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics of the Universtity of Helsinki and was visiting associate professor at Huafan University and National Taiwan University.

My main research interest is the study of cultural differences, which is why I left Europe to live and work in a non-Western society. My current 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. I also hope to do comparative empirical research on intuitions related to human rights.