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Adam Buben

Assistant Professor

Dr. A.J. Buben
+31 70 800 9469

Extension number: 8369


Adam Buben is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University. Much of his research—most notably his monograph Meaning and Mortality in Kierkegaard and Heidegger: Origins of the Existential Philosophy of Death (2016)—has dealt with the topic of death in the history of philosophy. Recently, he has turned his attention toward a large endeavor that concerns the varied impact of technological developments on the philosophy of death. He is particularly interested in the fascinating question of the desirability of immortality, which has him working across continental, analytic, and Asian traditions. Before coming to the Netherlands, Adam spent time studying and teaching in Denmark, Guam, Japan, and the US. He currently offers historically grounded courses in both Asian and European traditions.

Academic Expertise

  • Philosophy of Death
  • 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Death and Technology
  • Comparative Philosophy


  • History of Philosophy
  • ​Philosophies of the World
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Topics in Philosophy: Existentialism


Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.09



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Work address

P.J. Veth Building
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.24



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