Heleen Pott is Socrates Professor of Arts & Culture in the Department of History & Arts and in the Department of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She studied philosophy, sociology and literature at the University of Amsterdam. After her doctoral studies (graduation UvA 1985 cum laude) she worked as a NWO researcher at the Department of Philosophy UvA (1987-1992), where she wrote a dissertation on the ‘cognitive turn’ that took place during the 1970s and 1980’s in interdisciplinary emotion research (UvA 1992 cum laude; supervisors Theo de Boer and Nico Frijda). From 1992 on, she has been Assistant Professor (0,7) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. In 1999, she was appointed (special) Professor of Arts & Culture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (0,2 bijzonder hoogleraar).
She published books and articles on a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the philosophy of emotions through American pragmatism (William James, Richard Rorty) & postkantian naturalism (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche) to matters of literature, art, politics and cultural hermeneutics. She also contributed reviews and articles to newspapers and magazines.
During her career she served on the editorial board of several journals, including het Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, Krisis, en Filosofie & Praktijk. Outside academia, she was a member of the Board of the Dutch Humanistic Association, het Humanistisch Verbond (2005-2008). In 2000 she was Visiting Professor at the Emotion Centre/University of Haifa (NWO travel grant). In 2007-2008 she was a fellow at the NIAS in Wassenaar. In 2009 she was a Visiting Professor at the Charles University Prague. Her main research interests are ïn the history and philosophy of emotion theories; post-Kantian naturalism; trauma and cultural memory.