Publications

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)

IN JOURNALS AND BOOKS

Coetsier, Meins G. S., "'Aesthetic Mirrors': Etty Hillesum and Rainer Maria Rilke." In: Reading Etty Hillesum in Context: Writings, Life, and Influences of a Visionary Author, eds. Klaas Smelik, Gerrit van Oord, and Jurjen Wiersma. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
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Coetsier, Meins G. S., "Vrijheidsberoving als menselijke grenssituatie: Etty Hillesum en Viktor Frankl
over de zin van het bestaan." In:  Etty Hillesum en het pad
naar zelfverwerkelijking
(Etty Hillesum Studies, 9). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Julie Benschop, Lotte Bergen, Marja Clement, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Gerrit Van Oord, Jurjen Wiersma, 25-68. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2017.
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Coetsier, Meins G. S., "Etty Hillesum’s Ethical
Consciousness and the History of Jewish Philosophy." In:  The Ethics and Religious Philosophy of Etty Hillesum: Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference
at Ghent University, January 2014 (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 28). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Meins G.S. Coetsier & Jurjen
Wiersma, 23-48. Leiden-Boston, MA: Brill, 2017.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Esthetische Spiegels: Etty Hillesum en Rainer Maria Rilke.” In: Etty Hillesum weer thuis in Middelburg (Etty Hillesum Studies, 7). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Marja Clement, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Janny van der Molen, Gerrit Van Oord and Jurjen Wiersma, 107-134. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2015.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., 'Continental Freedom': Review of 'Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition: Explorations in Modern Political Thought, edited by Lee Trepanier and Steven F. McGuire (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2010)', in: Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 56, no 4 (Fall 2014): 91-95.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Incipit exire, qui incipit amare”: Augustinus en Etty Hillesum. In: Etty Hillesum 1914-2014 (Etty Hillesum Studies, 6). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Gerrit Van Oord, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Denise de Costa, Janny van der Molen and Jurjen Wiersma, 119-139. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2014. 

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "»Humanity’s Secret Code« Bonhoeffer and Hillesum and the New Science of Political Theology." In: Dem Rad in die Speichen fallen. A Spoke in the Wheel: Das Politische in der Theologie Dietrich Bonhoeffers. The Political in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Eds. Kirsten Busch Nielsen, Ralf Karolus Wüstenberg, Jens Zimmermann, 203-219. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2013. 

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Coetsier, Meins G.S., "'Nous sommes tous responsables': Etty Hillesum en Emmanuel Levinas." In: Etty Hillesum in relatie (Etty Hillesum Studies, 5). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Gerrit Van Oord, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Denise de Costa, Janny van der Molen and Jurjen Wiersma, 97-120. Ghent: Academia Press, 2013.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Dialogisch leven in tijden van ‘Godsverduistering’: Martin Buber en Etty Hillesum.” In Etty Hillesum in perspectief (Etty Hillesum Studies, IV). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Ria van den Brandt, and Meins G.S. Coetsier, 33-47. Ghent: Academia Press, 2012.

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Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Etty Hillesum and the Integral Spirituality of Dialogue – Explorations with Martin Buber," Studies in Spirituality 22 (2012), 243-274. [DOI: 10.2143/SIS.22.0.2182854. Louvain: Peeters Publisher’s]

Studies in Spirituality 22  summaries of all contributions.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “God Fettered in Jail? Heschel, Rilke, and the 'Vollendung,'” Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 53, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 26-33.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Europe's Secularism and the Politics of the Soul,” Fides et Libertas 2011: Secularism and Religious Freedom, International Religious Liberty Association (2011): 70-88.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “‘You Consciousness’—Towards Political Theory: Etty Hillesum’s Experience and Symbolization of the Divine Presence.” In Spirituality in the Writings of Etty Hillesum: Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference at Ghent University, November 2008 (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Ria van den Brandt, and Meins G.S. Coetsier, 103-125. Boston: Brill, 2010.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Between Realities: Dawkins vs. Voegelin,” Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 51, no. 3 & 4, (Summer/Fall 2009): 220-230. [Special Double Issue]

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Strijd om God: Om het behoud van de menselijke waardigheid.” Tijdschrift voor theologie 49, no. 4 (2009): 373–390.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Etty Hillesum als hedendaagse spirituele figuur voor joden en christenen.” In Wil er iemand mijn Messias zijn? Nieuwe verlossers en hedendaagse spirituele meesters. Edited by Didier Pollefeyt & Ellen de Boeck, 145-179. Louvain: Acco, 2010.

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Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Etty Hillesum and the Light of Faith: A Voegelinian Analysis.” Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 50, no. 3 (2008): 198–206.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “God? . . . Licht in het duister. Twee denkers in barre tijden: De Duitse filosoof Eric Voegelin en de Nederlands-Joodse schrijfster Etty Hillesum.” In Etty Hillesum in context. Edited by Klaas A.D. Smelik & Ria van den Brandt, 16–35. Assen: Van Gorcum, 2007.

BOOKS AS AUTHOR

Coetsier, Meins G.S. The Existential Philosophy of Etty Hillesum: an Analysis of her Diaries and Letters (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy). Boston: Brill, 2014, i-xxvii, 635pp.

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Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum and the Spiritual Search: An Analysis of the Diaries and Letters 1941-1943 in the light of Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ghent University / University Press: a non-commercial publication of Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Comparative Science of Cultures, Belgium, 2011, i-xxx, 610 pp.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Eric Voegelin’s Philosophy of Luminous Participation in the Transcendent Ground of Being, Ghent University: a non-commercial publication of Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Belgium, 2008, 369pp.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence: A Voegelinian Analysis, Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy. Studies in Religion and Politics. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2008, 228pp.

Reviews of

Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence

Amazon 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 28, 2011 By E. B,S
 
A deeply moving account of Etty Hillesum's life and spiritual journey, beautifully written and researched. The book brings a new depth and understanding to Etty's life and spiritual transendence. Coetsier analyses Etty's life and writings from the standpoint of Voegelin's theories on consciousness and transcendence. One feels as if one is reading extracts from the journals for the first time. Beautiful tribute to Etty Hillesum.
 
Amazon 5.0 out of 5 stars A story of great conversion. October 8, 2013 by Robert E. Radell
 

For one who has an appreciation of mystic experience and tries to understand them this is a delightful and informative work about a truly beautiful woman. It does require some philosophical background to fully appreciate. Familiarity with E. Voegelin's work is also helpful, although one could skip the chapter on his philosophy and still love the book. Etty Hillesum Is a fascinating person who is too little known - a grown up Ann Frank.

Review by Prof. Dr. Hans Zollner in the quarterly published by the Gregorian University, Gregorianum n.90/4 (2009): 916-917.

Review by Prof. Dr. Francis T. Hannafey in the American Journal Theological Studies 70, no. 2 (June, 2009): 512.
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Review by Dr. Nicoletta Stradaioli in the Italian scientific periodical Il pensiero politico: rivista di storia delle idee politiche e sociali, Anno XLIII, n. 2, Firenze: Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki, 2010.

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Exegesis of a Mystic's Experience, A book review by Prof. Dr. Macon Boczek (Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duqesne University)

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VoegelinView: "The Remarkable Adequacy of Voegelin's Philosophy. Macon Boczek offers us her appraisal of Meins Coetsier's Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence, the first biography employing the full range of Voegelinian analysis: 'We can understand Voegelin better through our reading of Etty Hillesum’s less academic and more everyday life, poetic examples in her letters and diaries.... [which] reveal a total and mature religious surrender.'"
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VoegelinView:"To Look Suffering Straight in the Eyes:
Meins Coetsier continues his Voegelinian analysis of Etty Hillesum's spiritual growth amidst horror: '[The truth] is found in balancing the variety of passages to reach a portrait that catches the struggle between light and darkness that continued throughout her life. . . . She did not lose contact with her surrounding re­ality, including the divine reality, nor as a writer did she become a victim of the degeneration of language.' Read part 2 of 'Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence.'"
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VoegelinView: "The Girl Who Could Not Kneel. Meins Coetsier decided to apply Voegelinian analysis to the biography and writings of a woman who became a victim of the Nazis and a mystic. Macon Boczek reviewed the book for us yesterday, and today we may learn, among other things: 'Her opening of soul did not conquer any piece of land, nor did it prevent any of her fellow Jews being murdered, but through it, she discovered in her psyche a new center of love. . .' Read part 1 of 'Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence.'"
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PUBLICATIONS AS SCIENTIFIC EDITOR

Coetsier, Meins G. S., Etty Hillesum en het pad
naar zelfverwerkelijking
(Etty Hillesum Studies, 9). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Julie Benschop, Lotte Bergen, Marja Clement, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Gerrit Van Oord, Jurjen Wiersma. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2017.
Coetsier, Meins G. S., The Ethics and Religious Philosophy of Etty Hillesum: Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference at Ghent University, January 2014 (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 28). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Meins G.S. Coetsier & Jurjen Wiersma. Leiden-Boston, MA: Brill, 2017.

Coetsier, Meins G.S. Etty Hillesum in weerwil van het Joodse vraagstuk  (Etty Hillesum Studies, VIII). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Marja Clement, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Janny van der Molen, Gerrit Van Oord and Jurjen Wiersma. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2016.

Coetsier, Meins G.S. Etty Hillesum weer thuis in Middelburg (Etty Hillesum Studies, VII). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Marja Clement, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Janny van der Molen, Gerrit Van Oord and Jurjen Wiersma. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2015.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum 1914-2014 (Etty Hillesum Studies, 6). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Gerrit Van Oord, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Denise de Costa, Janny van der Molen and Jurjen Wiersma. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2014. 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum: The Complete Works 1941-1943, Bilingual, Annotated and Unabridged, Volume 1. Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik & Meins G.S. Coetsier. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2014.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum: The Complete Works 1941-1943, Bilingual, Annotated and Unabridged, Volume 2. Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik & Meins G.S. Coetsier. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2014.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum in relatie (Etty Hillesum Studies, V). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Gerrit Van Oord, Meins G.S. Coetsier, Denise de Costa, Janny van der Molen and Jurjen Wiersma, Ghent: Academia Press, 2013.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Etty Hillesum in perspectief (Etty Hillesum Studies, IV). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Ria van den Brandt, and Meins G.S. Coetsier. Ghent: Academia Press, 2012.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., Spirituality in the Writings of Etty Hillesum: Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference at Ghent University, November 2008 (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy). Eds. Klaas A.D. Smelik, Ria van den Brandt, and Meins G.S. Coetsier. Boston: Brill, 2010.

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CONFERENCE PAPERS AND LECTURES

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Philosophy, Theology, and Rock 'n' Roll: A Cry for Pardon, Grace, and Strength in Imprisoned Existence." Postgraduate Conference of the Society for the Study of Theology: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium – 28-30 August 2017.

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Etty Hillesum’s Ethical Consciousness and the History of Jewish Philosophy." 2017 Book launch in Middelburg, the Netherlands of: "The Ethics and Religious Philosophy of Etty Hillesum Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference at Ghent University, January 2014."

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Internationale Forschung zu Etty Hillesum: Überblick und Evaluation." »Das denkende Herz der Baracke« – Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zum 100. Geburtstag von Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), Universität Zürich, Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Zürich, Schweiz, 2014.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Etty Hillesum’s Ethical Consciousness and the History of Jewish Philosophy.” Second International Congress: Etty Hillesum: Her Letters and Diaries. Etty Hillesum Research Centre, Ghent University, Ghent, 2014.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Time, Memory, and Restless Hearts: Notes on Augustine in Voegelin and Hillesum," Monument and Memory: 4th Nordic Conference in Philosophy of Religion, 16-18 June 2013, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, 2013.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "Bonhoeffer´s Ethics and its Relevance Today," Dietrich Bonhoeffer Day, London, Great Britain, 2013.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "'Humanity’s Secret Code': Bonhoeffer and Hillesum and
the New Science of Political Theology," XI. International Bonhoeffer Congress, Sigtuna, Sweden, 2012.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., "The Life of Dialogue: Etty Hillesum and Martin Buber,"  Etty Hillesum Symposium, Ghent University & FWO. Ghent, 2012.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “No God on the Horizon? Voegelin, Buber and Bonhoeffer & the Moment of Surrender.” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Washington, DC, 2010: 1-35.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “A Heaven-Gram for World Politics: Hillesum, Heschel and Rilke Rescuing God in Exile.” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Toronto, 2009: 1–16.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “The life and writings of Etty Hillesum.” Lecture, Ghent University, 2009.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “‘You Consciousness.’ Towards political theory: Etty Hillesum’s experience and symbolization of the divine presence.” International Etty Hillesum Conference, Ghent University & FWO. Ghent, 2008.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Etty Hillesum and the Experience of Reason {Voegelin, Buber & Levinas}.” Visiting Speaker Series, Department of Philosophy, Seminar Room of the Moore Institute, Galway University. Galway, 2008.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “Etty Hillesum als hedendaagse spirituele figuur voor joden en christenen.” Postacademische Vorming K.U. Leuven Vliebergh-Sencie Leergangen. Louvain, 2008.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “‘God, the Creative Ground of Existence’ in Voegelin, Etty Hillesum and Martin Buber: A Response to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Boston, 2008: 1–20.

 

Coetsier, Meins G.S., “‘Heaven in Hell’: A Voegelinian Exploration of the Life and Writings of Etty Hillesum.” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Chicago, 2007: 1–7.

INTERNAL REPORTS

EHOC Bulletin. Vol. 1, Eds. Meins G.S. Coetsier & Klaas A.D. Smelik, EHOC, (December 2006).

 

EHOC Bulletin. Vol. 2, Eds. Meins G.S. Coetsier & Klaas A.D. Smelik, Van Gorcum, (June 2007).

 

EHOC Bulletin. Vol. 3, Eds. Meins G.S. Coetsier & Klaas A.D. Smelik, Van Gorcum, (December 2007).

 

EHOC Bulletin. Vol. 4, Eds. Meins G.S. Coetsier & Klaas A.D. Smelik, Van Gorcum, (August 2008).

 

EHOC Bulletin. Vol. 5, Eds. Meins G.S. Coetsier & Klaas A.D. Smelik, Van Gorcum, (January 2009).