René Gabriëls is lecturer at Maastricht University. The main fields of research are social philosophy, sociology of knowledge, philosophy of language and sociology of stratification. His research focuses on democracy, global justice, human rights, poverty, the changed role of philosophy and the relation between semantics and pragmatics. He wrote books about intellectuals, racism and local democracy and articles about the afore mentioned topics. At the moment he is doing research on the history of Dutch philosophy and food banks in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is member of the editorial boards of the philosophical journal Krisis (www.krisis.eu) and Sociologie Magazine. As a visiting lecturer he taught at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin (Colombia), the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir (Turkey), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands), and The Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland).