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Markus Gabriel

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Markus
Gabriel

Academic Director


Department of Philosophy, University of Bonn

BIO

Markus is an internationally acclaimed philosopher and holds the Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Bonn. He is the Director of the Center for Science and Thought as well as Chairman of the International Centre for Philosophy NRW. He has been awarded numerous prizes, fellowships, and visiting professorships. His books have been translated into many languages.

Markus is academic director at THE NEW INSTITUTE (together with his co-director Anna Katsman). He is currently also an interim Program Chair for the 2022/2023 cohort of Fellows in the program “The Human Condition in the 21st Century”.

QUOTE

"Hope is a much better action guiding model for humans than fear. We need places, even institutions, of hope. Maybe even a ministry of hope."

QUESTIONS
  • What gives you hope?
    The possibility of moral progress, i.e., of the systematic and rational improvement of the conditions of humanity’s coexistence on our beautiful planet.

  • How does change happen?
    By way of sudden crises and our equally sudden realization that we need new tools to regain control under ultimately uncontrollable conditions of complex socio-economic interactions.

  • What is your relationship with our planet?
    I firmly believe that our planet is the only place available for human intelligent life to continue existing. We need to begin to take care of our habitat and overcome our dangerous tendency to believe that we are the masters of nature. We are part of our planet and will never be able to transcend this part of the human condition.

PUBLICATIONS

''Towards a New Enlightenment. The Case for Future - Oriented Humanities'', 2022


The Power of Art, 2020


The Limits of Epistemology, 2020


Neo-Existentialism, 2018


I Am Not a Brain: Philosophy of Mind for the Twenty-First Century, 2017


Why the World Does Not Exist, 2015


Transcendental Ontology: Essays in German Idealism, 2011

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