Nicole, female philosopher, therapist, writer, freelance / academic
Original thinking, necessity of the impossible (PhD)
Being human, language(s), intelligence, existentialism
Ying-yang, being-thought, love-life, bordering-space
English, Nederlands, Deutsch, Français
Now, present, becoming human
Nobyeni – when not knowing makes you upset (source).
I am a female freelance philosopher, art/ACT therapist, teacher, epistemologist, human being, and (fiction) writer. My initial steps into philosophy are autodidactic, eventually culminating in a PhD in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (European Graduate School, 2015). My dissertation on ‘The Necessity of the Impossible’ (Exilic Press, 2019) was supervised by Anne Dufourmantelle. I’m interested in art, theater, books, travel and life.
“The Necessity of the Impossible” (English, Exilic Press, 2019)
Philosopher & ACT-THERAPIST
As a philosopher, I write (academic & non-academic, fiction & philosophy). I write reviews of philosophy books and cultural events for several websites. As an ACT therapist I support people who are facing a personal struggle and want to have existential, meaningful conversations that are not focused at ‘solving’ a problem, but broaden the perspective of how to approach it. Focusing on growth instead of solutions. Through conversations it is possible to find out where our thinking is coming from and what it is based on. By exploring other possible paradigms and philosophical approaches to life, one can find ways to deal with the questions that touch who we are.
I am the co-coordinator of a study group on Feminist Philosophy focusing on ‘Hospitality & Solidarity‘ at the Nordic Summer University, where I am also a (volunteer) board member. We host two symposia each year, which aims at creating a space for exploring thought together. As a coordinator I am also involved in editing special issues of peer-reviewed journals, and co-leading a writing group and reading groups on feminist philosophy.
I teach philosophy and ACT to artists and therapists at Vrije Academie ‘t Pad. I also teach different courses, such as a 4-day course ‘Philosophy for the Artist‘ in which philosophical concepts are used as a tool to develop your artistic practice. I also teach and lead philosophical conversational groups in different spaces.
Some feedback from students (in Dutch):
“Nicole is ACT. Daarmee is ze heel kien op concepten, overtuigingen en kan ze er direct op inspelen.”
“Steady, kundig, alert.”
“Verbonden, kundig, ruimte gevend.”
“Ik vond het erg fijn hoe Nicole de groeps- en soms ook individuele processen inde gaten hield.”
Post-Doc and researcher
As a post-doc researcher I have been involved (2016-2019) with the sustainable behaviour research group to prof. Marie Harder at Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and as a Research Fellow at Brighton University (UK). In the Autumn of 2016 I was a visiting scholar to the University of Maryland with the Baha’i Chair for World Peace, Prof. Hoda Mahmoudi.
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Freelance philosopher, registered in the Netherlands, KvK 60089091.