Maarten Doorman is a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and teaches philosophy at Maastricht University. He has published seven volumes of poetry and four books of philosophy. In 1994 Steeds mooier (5th ed. 2005) was shortlisted for the prestigious Flemish literary prize the Golden Owl. He has been contributor to many journals and newspapers with articles about philosophy, the visual arts, media and literature. In 2003 he published Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde, in 2004 De romantische orde (‘The Romantic Imperative’, 3rd ed, 2012). Other books are Paralipomena (2007, essays), Rousseau en ik (2012, philosophy, 6th ed. 2013), De navel van Daphne (2016, about engagement in the visual arts, 2nd ed. 2016) and Dichtbij en ver weg (2018, essays).