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Julian Nida-Rümelin, Staatsminister a.D.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin, Staatsminister a.D.

Chair of Philosophy IV


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und Politische Theorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Phone: +49 (0) 89 2180-6180
Fax: +49 (0) 89 2180-6182

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Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin studied philosophy, physics, mathematics, and political science and was awarded his doctoral degree by Wolfgang Stegmueller. After a visiting professorship in the USA, he accepted a Chair of Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Tübingen. In 1993 he assumed a Chair of Philosophy at the University of Göttingen until he moved to Munich accepting a Chair for Political Theory and Philosophy at the Department of Political Science of the University of Munich in 2004. Since 2009 he holds a Chair of Philosophy and Political Theory and is dean of the Department of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In 2011 his presidency at the German Association of Philosophy ended after having held the XXII. German Conference of Philosophy at the University of Munich. Between 1998 and 2000 he was head of the Department of Arts and Culture of the city of Munich. From 2001 to 2002 he was Minister of State of Arts, Culture, and the Media within the first Cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. He is honorary professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, head of the board of trustees at the German Study Award (Körberstiftung), and member of the Berlin Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften.

He published numerous books concerning topics of practical philosophy and political theory, such as Kritik des Konsequentialismus (1993), Economic Rationality and Practical Reason (1997), Strukturelle Rationalität (2001), Ethische Essays (2002), Angewandte Ethik (2005)2, Über menschliche Freiheit (2005), Demokratie und Wahrheit (2006), Philosophie und Lebensform (2009), Verantwortung (2011), and Die Optimierungsfalle (2011). In 2012 Der Sokrates-Club (together with Nathalie Weidenfeld), Risikoethik, and Vernunft und Freiheit were published. His last book Eine Philosophie humaner Bildung (2013) is a response to the crisis which we currently experience throughout the German education system.