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Personal information

Professional interests

  • Human flourishing
  • Parental responsibility
  • Children's rights and interests
  • Ethics and education

Positions journals and learned societies

  • Assistant editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education
  • Associate editor of Theory and Research in Education
  • Member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Moral Education      
  • Member of the executive committee of the Philosophy of Education Society Great Britain
  • Member of the board of the Association for Moral Education & chair of the Good Works Award committee of the Association for Moral Education


Highlighted publications


van Bergen, D. D., de Ruyter, D. J., & Pels, T. V. M. (2016). “Us Against Them” or “All Humans Are Equal”. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558416672007. doi:10.1177/0743558416672007

Wolbert, L., de Ruyter, D.J. & Schinkel, A. (2015). Formal criteria for the concept of human flourishing: the first step in defending flourishing as an ideal aim of education. Ethics and Education 10(1): 118-129. 

de Ruyter, D.J. (2015). Wellbeing and education. J. Suissa, C. Winstanley & R. Marples (Eds.) Education, Philosophy and Well-being: New perspectives on the work of John White (Routledge Research in Education) (84-98). London: Routledge.

de Ruyter D.J. & Schinkel, A. (2013). On the Relations Between Parents' Ideals and Children's Autonomy. Educational Theory 63 (4):369-388.

van der Kooij, J.C., de Ruyter, D. J. & Miedema, S.(2013). "Worldview": The Meaning of the Concept and the Impact on Religious Education. Religious Education, 108 (2), 210-228.

Pels, T.V.M. &Ruyter, D.J. de (2012). The Influence of Education and Socialization on Radicalization: An Exploration of Theoretical Presumptions and Empirical Research. Child & Youth Care Forum, 41(3), 311-325.


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Research Output 1995 2018

Flourishing, Fragility, and Family Life: Critical reflections on human flourishing as an aim of education

Wolbert, L. S., 2018, 130 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

What attitude should parents have towards their children’s future flourishing?

Wolbert, L. S., de Ruyter, D. J. & Schinkel, A., Mar 2018, In : Theory and Research in Education. 16, 1, p. 82-97 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

A comparison of children's ability to read children's and adults' mental states in an adaptation of the reading the mind in the eyes task

van der Meulen, A., Roerig, S., de Ruyter, D., Lier, P. V. & Krabbendam, L., 26 Apr 2017, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 8, APR, 594

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Theory of Mind

Ethics education at the University: From teaching an Ethics module to education for the good life

De Ruyter, D. & Schinkel, A., 1 Sep 2017, In : Bordon, Revista de Pedagogia. 69, 4, p. 125-138 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

moral philosophy

Individual moral development and moral progress

Schinkel, A. & de Ruyter, D. J., Feb 2017, In : Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 20, 1, p. 121-136 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
moral education
Moral Development

Activities 1997 2017

Who are the educators?

de Ruyter, D. J. (Speaker)
2 Apr 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Diagnostic Assessment of Attachment Related Disorders in Children with Intellectual Disability

de Ruyter, D. J. (Examiner)
23 Nov 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Journal of Moral Education (Journal)

de Ruyter, D. J. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Theory and Research in Education (Journal)

de Ruyter, D. J. (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Ethics at the university

de Ruyter, D. J. (Speaker)
16 Feb 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic