Current Visiting Professors (2020/21)
Past Visiting Professors
José Antonio Díez (spring 2019)
José Antonio Diez was born in 1961. He studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona (BA 1984), where he did his PhD (1992) with a dissertation on Measurement Theories. He has been professor at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 1986-2006) and at the University of Barcelona (since 2006); Visiting Scholar at U. München, NYU, LSE and U. Pittsburgh; and Visiting Professor at several universities in Mexico and Argentina. His main research area is philosophy of science, in particular measurement theories, structuralism, scientific explanation and representation, and semantics of scientific concepts; but he is also interested in epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. FOr more information, see his webpage.
Lydia Goehr (spring 2019)
Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She teaches the history of aesthetic theory, the contemporary philosophy of the arts, critical theory, and the philosophy of history. Her research interests are in German aesthetic theory, in particular, the relationship between philosophy, politics, history, and music. She has published a large number of influential books and articles. Her books include The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music; The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy; Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory; and co-authored with Daniel Herwitz of The Don Giovanni Moment: Essays on the legacy of an Opera (2006). Her current book is titled Red Sea – Red Square: Picturing Freedom – Liberating Wit; and she is co-editor with Jonathan Gilmore of Handbook on Arthur C. Danto. She has held numerous visiting positions in prestigious institutions: as visiting Aby Warburg Professor in Hamburg and visiting Ernest Bloch Professor at Berkeley; visiting professor at the Freie Universität and fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2005-6 she delivered the Royal Holloway-British Library Lectures in Musicology in London and the Wort Lectures at Cambridge University. She is a recipient of Mellon, Getty, and Guggenheim Fellowships.
Julian Nida-Rümelin (spring 2019)
Julian Nida-Rümelin teaches philosophy and political theory at the University of Munich. He is the author of numerous books and articles as well as a sought-after commentator on ethical, political and contemporary topics. His book The Optimization Trap. Philosophy of a humane economy triggered intense discussions in companies about the role of ethics in economic practice. In 2013, he launched the debate on academism mania with an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition, in October 2014, edition Körber Foundation published the essay The Academy Madness – On the Crisis of Vocational and Academic Education. In his 2017 book Thinking About Borders He participates in the current migration debate, in which he critically deals with the issue of open borders.
Graham Priest (spring 2019)
Graham Priest was born in 1948. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a regular visitor at the University of Melbourne, where he was Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy, and also at the University of St Andrews. Priest was educated at the St John’s College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. His thesis advisor was John Lane Bell. He also holds a DLitt from the University of Melbourne. He is known for his defence of dialetheism, his in-depth analyses of the logical paradoxes (holding the thesis that there is a uniform treatment for many well-known paradoxes, such as the semantic, set-theoretic and Liar paradoxes), and his many writings related to paraconsistent and other non-classical logics. Priest, a long-time resident of Australia, now residing in New York City, is the author of numerous books, and has published articles in nearly every major philosophical and logical journal. He was a frequent collaborator with the late Richard Sylvan, a fellow proponent of dialetheism and paraconsistent logic. Priest has also published on metaphilosophy.
Past Visiting Professors
Günter Figal (2017-2018)
Günter Figal spent his years as a student at the University of Heidelberg. Among his teachers were Hans-Georg Gadamer, Dieter Henrich, Michael Theunissen, and Ernst Tugendhat. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 1976, and in 1987, after his Habilitation, his appointment as Privatdozent. From 1989 till 2001 he was professor of philosophy at the University of Tübingen. Since 2001 he has been professor of philosophy (chair) at the university of Freiburg. Since 1995 he is a regular member of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum. He is the editor of the International Yearbook for Hermeneutics (Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik) and, since 2003, the president of the Martin-Heidegger-S ociety. Figal held distinguished visiting professor positions in Berlin (Humboldt University), Nishinomiya (Kwansei Gakuin University), Rome (University La Sapienza), Aarhus (Aarhus University), Leuven (Kardinal Mercier Chair), and Boston (Gadamer Distinguished Visiting Professor, Boston College). In 2009 / 2010 he was Internal Senior Fellow of FRIAS. Since 2013 he is the second speaker the Freiburg research center SFB 2015 (Muße. Konzepte, Räume, Figuren). In the same year he was elected as member of the board of trustees of the foundation Humanismus Heute.
Graham Harman (2016-2017)
Graham Harnam is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc. He was born in 1968 in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and earned his B.A. from St. John’s College (Maryland), his M.A. from Penn State University, and his Ph.D. from DePaul University. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (2016, Polity) and Dante’s Broken Hammer: The Ethics, Esthetics, and Metaphysics of Love (2016, Repeater). Graham is the 2009 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research Award. In 2015 he was named by ArtReview in 2015 as the #75 most powerful influence in the international art world, and in 2016 was named by The Best Schools to their alphabetical list of the 50 most influential living philosophers.
Kevin Mulligan (2016-2017)
Kevin Mulligan is British, worked on ontology, philosophy of mind, and Austrian philosophy. He is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Geneva, Director of Research at the Institute of Philosophy of Lugano, member of the Academia Europaea and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters. He is also known for his work with Peter Simons and Barry Smith on metaphysics, Austrian and Polish philosophy. Among his major publication Anatomie della stoltezza. (Jouvence, 2016), Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande (Vrin, 2012). Moreover, as editor, Relations and Predicates (Philosophical Analysis, 2004), La Philosophie autrichienne de Bolzano à Musil. Histoire et Actualité (Vrin 2011), and Les nationalismes, “Ethique et philosophie morale”, (PUF, 2001)