Groupe du Louvre is a French company, headquartered in Village 5, La Défense in Nanterre, France. Group de Louvre and Louvre Hotels Group was sold to Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co. Ltd. in 2015. The company was owned by the American investment company Starwood Capital Group, following its earlier purchase of Société du Louvre in December 2005; the range of hotel brands was extended in 2009 with the purchase of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group. Louvre Group owns the European hotel brands Première Classe, Kyriad, Kyriad Prestige, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip, Royal Tulip. Since 2009, the Golden Tulip hotels were integrated into the group following their purchase of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group from administration by Starwood Capital; the luxury hotels division can trace its origins to a company founded on 26 March 1855 to operate Les Galeries du Louvre Grands Magasins du Louvre, a department store and the Grand Hôtel du Louvre. These shared a large building on the Place du Palais Royal in France.
The division is managed by the Societe Concorde Management Company, a subsidiary of the group trading under the Concorde Hotels & Resorts brand, with locations around the world. The group owned the Paris Hôtel de Crillon but sold it at the end of 2010; the group is the majority shareholder of a crystal manufacturer. Starwood Capital, through its subsidiary SH Group has launched the luxury Baccarat Hotels; the company sold the perfume firm Annick Goutal to the South Korean giant Amore Pacific in 2011. Group du Louvre Louvre Hotels Group Documents and clippings about Groupe du Louvre in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW
Willem Bernard "Wim" Drees is a Dutch philosopher. He is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Religion & Science; as of 1 November 2014 he is a humanities professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Drees was born in the Hague on April 20, 1954, as the third child of five and the only son of Willem Drees jr and Anna Erica Drees-Gescher, his paternal grandfather Willem Drees was the prime minister of the Netherlands from 1948 until 1958. His father was a Netherlands politician being the party leader of the Democratic Socialists'70 from 1971 to 1977. Drees is a past-president of the European Society for the Study of Theology. According to Tillburg University, Drees "was dean of the Faculty of Theology and vice-dean of the Faculty of Humanities." As of 1 November 2014, he is a professor of philosophy within the Tilburg School of Humanities. Drees has been the editor and publisher of numerous books, journal articles, book reviews and articles for the wider public, his books include Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God, Religion and Naturalism, Creation: From Nothing until Now.
Drees addressed the analysis of cosmology limit questions with the interpretation of the explanatory success of science. His second Fulbright grant resulted in the book - Religion and Naturalism. John H. Brooke, historian of science and religion, concluded a review of work of the Oxford theologian Keith Ward and Drees’s book: “Because he is as secure in his epistemology as in his knowledge of theoretical physics, Willem Drees should be read by all who take a scholarly interest in the discourses of ‘science and religion’, his arguments cannot be compressed into sound-bites, and, their strength.” The analysis of naturalism as addressed in his Religious Naturalism and Science has remained a major component in Drees’s research. He has paid attention in his analysis of naturalism to the understanding of human nature, with two edited volumes on anthropology and non-reductive physicalism in Dutch and one in English. William A. Rottschaefer argues that Drees’s naturalism is flawed claiming that it is both methodologically and epistemologically naturalistic.
Drees maintains while rejecting both of these that ontological naturalism offers the best account of the natural world. It provides for a supernaturalistic understanding of religion and theology. Although naturalism is considered to be antithetical to theology and genuine religion, Drees proposes a scientifically informed account of religion, which, he contends, is not only compatible with supernaturalism and theology but provides a better account of both; as the Vice President for Interdisciplinary Affairs of IRAS, Drees has participated in the formulative discussions of Religious Naturalism and helped organize a conference on Human Meaning in a Technological Culture. When it comes to his position on this emerging worldview, says of himself:Am I a religious naturalist? Others have used that label on me. I am not sure. I have some sympathy for the naturalistic theism described above, but precisely in the attitude of exploring, I fit the naturalism referenced above. Or I at least, I hope do. If I am not sure whether I am a religious naturalist, I am most interested in understanding what religious naturalism might mean, may become, will offer.
Jerome A. Stone in his 2008 book Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative cites Drees as one of the leaders of the Religious Naturalism movement along with other member of IRAS – Ursula Goodenough, Karl Peters, Connie Barlow, Michael Cavanaugh and Stone himself. Naked Ape or Techno Sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities - Tilburg, Jan 30 2015, 35 pages,ISBN 978-94-6167-229-2 Religion and Science in Context: A Guide to the Debates - Routledge, Aug 28 2009, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0-415-55617-0 978-0-415-55617-0 Creation: From Nothing until Now. London: Routledge, 2002. Religion and Naturalism. Cambridge University Press, 1996 Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God. La Salle: Open Court, 1990 Willem B. Drees, ed. Technology and Religion: Roles of Religion in Controversies on Ecology and the Modification of Life. Leiden University Press, 2009. Willem B. Drees, Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld, eds; the Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century, Leiden University Press, 2008.
Willem B. Drees, Hubert Meisinger, Taede A. Smedes, eds. Creation’s Diversity. London: T&T Clark /Continuum, 2008. Willem B. Drees, Ulf Görman, Hubert Meisinger, eds. Creative Creatures: Values and Ethical Issues in Theology and Technology. London: T&T Clark, 2005 Willem B. Drees, Is Nature Ever Evil? Religion and Value. Routledge, 2003. Niels Henrik Gregersen, Willem B. Drees, Ulf Görman, eds; the Human Person in Science and Theology.. Edinburgh: T&T Clark and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. Home page of Willem B. Drees Tilburg University home page of Willem B. Drees