Matthijs van Boxsel

Literary historian Matthijs van Boxsel (b. 1957) has been studying the topic of stupidity since 1980. In 1999 he published De encyclopedie van de domheid (The Encyclopedia of Stupidity), which was nominated for the prestigious Generale Bank Prize for Literature. In 2001 the sequel Morosofie (Morosophy) appeared, studying the 100 most stupid Dutch theories of the 20th century. This was followed in 2006 by a volume on stupidity as an art of living: Deskundologie of Domheid als levenskunst. Van Boxsel is now working on De topografie van de domheid (The Topography of Stupidity), in which he gathers all the cities and regions that are proverbially known for stupidity. De encyclopedie van de domheid has already been translated into more than 10 languages.

The Encyclopedia of Stupidity

The Encyclopedia of Stupidity

(Querido, 1999, 184 pages)

Matthijs van Boxsel thinks that no one is intelligent enough to understand his or her own stupidity. In De encyclopedie van de domheid he shows how stupidity manifests itself in all areas, in everyone, at all times: stupidity is the foundation of our civilization.

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