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Prof. Dr. Günter Abel (IZW)

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Secr. H 72 Straße des 17. Juni 135 10623 Berlin / Germany Room: H 7150 Phone: +49-(0)30-314-22606, +49-(0)30-314-23295 Fax:+49-(0)30-314-29139/25962 E-mail: abel(at)tu-berlin.de [2], info(at)wissenforschung.tu-berlin.de [3]     Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung / Berlin Center for Knowledge Research: www.wissensforschung.tu-berlin.de [4]   For appointments please contact: elisabeth.simon(at)tu-berlin.de [5] List of Publications


Curriculum vitae and academic education

  • Born november 7, 1947 in: D-34576 Homberg (Germany)
  • University education (in: philosophy; history; roman languages; and political sciences) at the universities: Marburg (1968 - 70, 1971 - 74), Lausanne, Switzerland, (1970 - 71), and post-graduated at the Free University Berlin (1974 - 76)
  • University education and PhD-studies were supported by the „Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes / German National Academic Foundation“
  • 1971 - 74: Various research stays in Paris, in connection with the „École des Chartes“, the „Bibliothèque Nationale“, and the „Archives Nationales“
  • 1974: First state examination degree for teaching at secondary schools
  • 1976: Doctorate (PhD) degree (grade: „summa cum laude“): „Stoizismus und Frühe Neuzeit. Zur Entstehungsgeschichte modernen Denkens im Felde von Ethik und Politik / Stoicism and Early Modern Times. The Genealogy of Modern Thinking in Ethics and Politics“, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin - New York 1978.
  • 1981: Habilitation (postdoctoral thesis in: philosophy), „Nietzsche. Die Dynamik der Willen zur Macht und die ewige Wiederkehr / Nietzsche. The Dynamics of the Wills to Power and Eternal Recurrence“, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin - New York 1981, 2nd edition 1998.

Research work and teaching activity (selection)
  • Since 1987: Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) / Berlin Institute of Technology (BIT)
  • 2013: election and call doe associated member associated fellow ath "Collegium Helveticum" [6]at the ETH Zürich/ Switzerland
  • Since 2011: Affiliated member of the ETH Zürich / Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • Since 2008: Director of the international „Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung (IZW) / Berlin Center for Knowledge Research [7]", based at the TU Berlin
  • 2000: Visiting Professor at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 1990: Visiting Scholar at the Philosophy-Department of the Harvard University, Cambridge Mass.
  • 1989 - 2002: Lecturer at the research summer schools of the international „Académie du Midi – Institute of Philosophy / Academy of the Mediterranean France – Institute of Philosophy“ in France and Portugal (Lagrasse; Alet-les-Bains; Nyer; Covilha)
  • 1986, 1987, 1995: Lecturer at the summer schools of the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes / German National Academic Foundation“
  • 1984 - 1985: Replacement professor of philosophy (chair) at the university of Hannover (Germany)
  • 1983 - 1984: Replacement professor of philosophy (chair) at the Divinity College of Berlin (Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin)
  • 1982 - 1989: Lecturer at the „Inter-University Centre of Postgraduate Studies“ in Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  • 1982 - 1987: Heisenberg-Fellowship (philosophy) of the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / German National Research Foundation“
  • 1977 - 1982: Assistant professor (philosophy) at the Divinity College of Berlin (at the philosophy chair of Prof. Dr. Müller-Lauter)

 Core areas of research and teaching
  • Philosophy of Language
  • General Theory of Symbols
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology / Theory of Knowledge
  • Knowledge Research: Types, Practices, and Dynamics of Knowledge
  • Philosophy of the 20th and 19th Century
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  Research cooperations (selection)
  • Various research fellow stays at universities in Germany as well as abroad (among others at the universities: Harvard, Oxford, Rome, ETH Zürich, Oslo, Vienna, Lisbon, École Normale Supérieure Paris, Venice, Lausanne, Nancy, Dijon, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Valparaiso, Poznan, Warsaw, Bologna, Riga)
  • Since 2009: Cooperation with the ETH Zurich in the framework of the Berlin Center for Knowledge Research (Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung IZW); two joint projects:" The Public Life of Scientific Facts" ( in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Folkers from the Collegium Helveticum); and "Constructional knowledge in architecture and other arts" (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Uta Hassler, Department of Architecture)
  • Since 2007: Member of the „Max Planck Research Network History of Scientific Objects“
  • 2002 - 2005: Co-director of the research project „HyperNietzsche" [8] ( = research and editing project using hypertext systems for editing the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and for integrating the scholarly research on Nietzsche), supported by the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / German National Research Foundation“
  • 1998 - 2000: Head of the research project promoted by the „Volkswagen-Foundation": „Grundzüge interkultureller Hermeneutik und Methoden des Kulturverstehens / Outlines of intercultural hermeneutics and methods of cultural understanding“
  • 1997: Member and co-director of the German-Portuguese research group on „Language, Signs, and Interpretation“
  • 1996 - 2000: Member and co-director of the German-Italian research group (within the „Vigoni-Programme“): „The problem of interpretation in contemporary philosophy“
  • 1993 - 1999: Member of the interdisciplinary research group (at the Werner-Reimers-Foundation, Germany) „Zeichen und Interpretation / Signs and Interpretation“
  • Since 1993: Coordinator of the European Erasmus/Sokrates-Programme in philosophy
  Congresses, workshops and conferences (selection)
  • Since 2008: Member of the Scientific Programme Committee of  FISP [9]; conceptualizing and organizing the XXIIIth World Congress of Philosophy, Athens 2013, (under the title: „Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life“)
  • 2009: Scientific co-directorship of the international conference "Categories of knowledge. The collection as epistemic object", in cooperation with the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2008: Scientific and organizational co-director of the „Research Colloquium: Epistemic Objects“ (May 16 – 17th, 2008), in cooperation with the „Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science", Berlin
  • 2005: Scientific and organizational director of the „XX. Deutscher Kongress für Philosophie / XXth German Congress of Philosophy“ of the „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) / German Philosophical Association“ (September, 26 – 30, 2005) on: „Creativity“
  • Scientific and organizational director of the German-Italian workshop on: „Truth – Freedom - Existence“ (June 15 – 17th, 2005)
  • Scientific and organizational director of the international congress on „Lebenswelten und Technologien / Life Worlds and Technologies" (February 3 – 4th, 2005)
  • Scientific and organizational director of the international congress on „Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ingenieur – Philosoph – Künstler / Ludwig Wittgenstein. Engineer – Philosopher - Artist" (September 26 – 30th, 2001)
  • Scientific and organizational director of the international conference on „Das Problem der Übersetzung / The Problem of Translation" (Berlin 1998)
  • Co-director of the international conference on „A General Theory of Symbols" in Nancy (France), 1997

Presidencies and member functions
  • Since 2011:Honorary member of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) [10] / German Philosophical Association"
  • Since 2010: Permanent member of the "Institut International de Philosophie (IIP) [11]"/ "International Institute of Philosophy"
  • Since 2009: Member of the Patronal Committée of the "Academia Engelberg" [12], Switzerland
  • Since 2008: Member of the Steering Committee (Comité Directeur) of the „FISP [13]" = Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie / International Federation of Philosophical Societies
  • Since 2008: Member of the Scientific Programme Committee of FISP, [14] conceptualizing and organizing the XXIIIth World Congress of Philosophy, Athens 2013, (under the title: „Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life“)
  • 2002 - 2005: President of the „Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) [15] / German Philosophical Association“
  • Since 1999: Member of the Steering Committee of the „Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Philosophie (DGPhil) [16]/ German Philosophical Association“
  • 1997 - 2000: Founder and President of the „Société de Philosophie de Langue Française en Allemagne / Deutsche Gesellschaft für französischsprachige Philosophie / German Association of French-Speaking Philosophy“

Leadership roles and academic duties
  • 1999 - 2001: Vice-President at the Technical University Berlin [17]for research and junior scientific staff
  • 1994 - 1997: Dean of Faculty I [18] („Humanities") at the TU Berlin
  • 1999 – 2001, and since 2005: Member of the „Academic Senate (AS)“ of the TU Berlin; also: speaker of the group of university professors „Liberale Mitte“ within the AS
  • Since 1993: Member of the steering council of the Faculty I („arts and humanities“) of the TU Berlin
  • Since 1988: Member of the institutional council of the department for philosophy
  Administration and foundation of institutions and centres
  • Since 2008: Director of the international "Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung" (IZW) / "Center for Knowledge Research (CKR)" [19]
  • Responsible for the conceptual profile of the research-oriented Master Studies (MA) „Philosophy of Knowledge and Sciences“ and of the philosophy-section within the Bachelor-Studies (BA) „Culture and Technology“ at the TU Berlin
  • 2000 - 2001: Responsible for the foundation of an „International Post-Graduate School of Technologies“ at the TU Berlin
  • 1995 - 1999: Founder and Director of the „Frankreich-Zentrum / French Center“ at the TU Berlin (as an interdisciplinary research and teaching institution, founded and supported by the City of Berlin, the French Ambassy in Germany and the TU Berlin)
  • 1992 - 1994: Managing Director of the „Department of Philosophy and History of Science and Technology“ at the TU Berlin

Steering commissions on scientific planning and politics
  • 2005 - 2006: Member of the „Berliner Wissenschaftskommission / Berlin Science Commission“ (appointed by the government of the City of Berlin, the three Berlin universities (Free University, Humboldt University, Technical University) and the research institutions outside the universities), aiming at profiling Berlin as a science- and technology-city of international attractiveness
  • 2005 - 2006: Member of the sub-commission „History, Politics, and Society under the conditions of globalization“ of the „Berlin Science Commission“
  • 2006: Member of the sub-commission „Media and Culture“ of the „Berlin Science Commission“
  • 1999 - 2001: Member of the „Stategic Science Commission“ of the Government of the City of Berlin

Peer review duties and memberships in scientific boards

  • Peer reviewer of: „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / German National Research Foundation“; „Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH) / Alexander von Humboldt Foundation“; „European Council Research Committee“; „Schweizer Nationalfonds / Swiss National Research Foundation“; „Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Institution“; „Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung / Fritz Thyssen Foundation“; „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes / Study Foundation of the German People“; „Volkswagen-Stiftung / Volkswagen Foundation“; „American Academy Berlin“; „Verlag Walter de Gruyter, Berlin - New York / Publishing House Walter de Gruyter, Berlin – New York“; „Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie / General Journal of Philosophy“
  • Since 2010: Peer reviewer and leading editor of the „Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research“ (published by Walter de Gruyter, Berlin – Boston).
  • Since 2001: Member of the scientific board of the „Journal of Chinese Philosophy“, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Since 1997: Overall representative of the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes / Study Foundation of the German People“ at the TU Berlin
  • Since 1995: Member of the scientific board of the „Allgemeinen Zeitschrift für Philosophie / General Journal of Philosophy“
  • Since 1988: Member of the international scientific board of the „Académie du Midi - Institut für Philosophie / Academy of the Mediterranean France – Institute of Philosophy"
  Editor of international book series
  • Since 2010: „Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research“, Berlin-Boston (published by Walter de Gruyter)
  • Since 1996: Leading co-editor of the „Nietzsche-Studien. Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung /Nietzsche-Studies. International Yearbook for Nietzsche-Research“, Berlin – New York (Publishing house: Walter de Gruyter)
  • Since 1996: Leading co-editor of the „Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche-Forschung / Monographs and Texts of Nietzsche-Research“, Berlin – New York (Publishing house: Walter de Gruyter)
  • Since 1998: co-editor of the „Schriftenreihe des Frankreich-Zentrums / Publications of the French-Center" at the TU Berlin, Berlin (published by Nomos/Berlin )
  Memberships in philosophical associations
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) [20] / German Philosophical Association (GPA)
  • The American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • Harvard University Club Berlin
  • Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) / Association for Analytic Philosophy
  • Société de Philosophie de Langue Française en Allemagne (SPLFA) / German Association of French-Speaking Philosophy
  • Académie du Midi – Institut für Philosophie / Academy of the Mediterranean France – Institute of Philosophy

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