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Ignaas Devisch

Ignaas Devisch

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Ignaas Devisch (b. 1970) is professor of ethics, philosophy and medical philosophy at the University of Ghent and the Artevelde College. He publishes in the fields of social, medical and political philosophy. His critical essay about medicalization, Sick of Health, was published by De Bezige Bij in 2013.


Recent title – English material

Vuur (Fire), 2021

Het empathisch teveel (The Excess of Empathy), 2017

Rusteloosheid (Restlessness), 2016

Press on Restlessness:

Devisch makes a stand for passion, creativity and dreams; positive concerns that are the result of that ever persistent push forward. Restlessness is neither a fiction nor a self-help book, but rather a startlingly and stunningly written essay on how we can relate to that hectic changing world – from the jury report, BEST SPIRITUAL BOOK AWARD 2016.

Restlessness is an exceptionally accessible and multidimensional book about a theme that nevertheless remains a main feature of Western culture. Devisch wishes to describe rather than moralise, though in his plea for a restless, creative and passionate existence the moral peeks at us from around the corner. But then that’s also the charm of this book. **** - TROUW

An extremely worthwhile read. As well as a philosophical and historical exploration of troubling feelings, Devisch extends to us something we can grasp in order to pull ourselves out of the morass. - KNACK