Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermeneutics of Exemplary Figures


  • Joachim Duyndam University of Humanistic Studies



Dutch Humanism, Jaap van Praag, religion


Resuming the so-called ‘great campaign’ for resilience of Jaap van Praag, the founding father of contemporary Dutch humanism, this paper proposes (elements of) a hermeneutical theory that unveils, from a humanistic point of view, the possibility of a relational autonomous ‘will’ in the relationship with exemplary inspirational figures. It will be demonstrated that relational autonomy can be realized from a resilient position toward the heteronomous contagion of our daily life ‘will’ through mimesis, as it is understood in mimetic theory.

Author Biography

Joachim Duyndam, University of Humanistic Studies

Dr. Duyndam is Socrates Professor of Philosophy at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands


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How to Cite

Duyndam, J. (2013). Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermeneutics of Exemplary Figures. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 20(2), 3–17.