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Curriculum Vitae

WALTER SCHWEIDLER has held the Chair for Philosophy at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt since 2009. From 2000 to 2009 he was Professor for Practical Philosophy at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. His research interests include contemporary and modern conceptions of ethics and political philosophy; anthropology and the philosophy of person; philosophy of law and human rights theory; phenomenology; Heidegger research; metaphysics and its critique; intercultural philosophy; and applied ethics. His select publications include Die Überwindung der Metaphysik (Stuttgart 1987), Geistesmacht und Menschenrecht: Der Universalanspruch der Menschenrechte und das Problem der Ersten Philosophie (Freiburg/München 1994), Das Unantastbare: Beiträge zur Philosophie der Menschenrechte (Münster 2001), Der gute Staat: Politische Ethik von Platon bis zur Gegenwart (Stuttgart 2004), Das Uneinholbare: Beiträge zu einer indirekten Metaphysik (Freiburg 2008), and Über Menschenwürde: Der Ursprung der Person und die Kultur des Lebens, (Wiesbaden 2012).

 

Born                      15th September 1957

 Schools:

  • 1963 - 1967 : Elementary school in Gunzenhausen/Baveria
  • 1967 - 1976 : Mathematic-scientific highschool

 Universities:

  • 1976 - 1977 : Gesamthochschule Eichstätt (Philosophy, Political science, Catholic theology)
  • 1977 - 1981 : Masters Universität München (Philosophy, political science, Catholic theology)
  • from 1978 : Additional study in Jurisprudence
  • 1981 - 1985 : Doctoral study at the University of Munich

Degrees:

  • 1981 : Master of Arts (Philosophy, Political Science, Theology) ”with honours”
  • 1985 : Dr. phil. (in the same) ”summa cum laude”
  • 1989 : First state law examination
  • 1993 : Habilitation (title: ”Geistesmacht und Menschenrecht Untersuchungen zur Bedeutung des Universalanspruchs der Menschen­rechte”)

 Supervisor of masters, doctoral and habilitation's thesis: Prof. Dr. Dr. Ro­bert Spaemann

 Positions:

  • June 1985 - 1986 : Third party funding office (full time staff member at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Munich)
  • 1986 - 1993 : Staff member position at the same
  • March-August 1989 : Visiting Professor University of Minneapolis/Minnesota, USA
  • 1983 - 1989 : Adjunct director of the hall of residence ”Newman-Haus” in Munich
  • 1989 - 1991 : Lectureship at the University of the Bundeswehr, Neubiberg bei München
  • 1988 - 1994 : Lectures in ethics and philosophy within the framework of advanced teacher training at the Herbert Quandt Stiftung
  • October 1989 : Founding member of the Society for the Study of Political Thought (Gründungsmitglied der Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des politischen Denkens), Tübingen
  • March 1992 : C3-Professor of philosophy at the Pedagogical University of Weingarten (as replacement until conclusion of habilitation)
  • July 1993 : Issuance of venia legendi for philosophy by the Faculty for Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Theory at the University of Munich
  • November 1993 : Acceptance of the Weingarten professorship
  • July 1994 : Second place in appeal's procedure for C4-professorship for Political Theory/The History of Ideas at the University of Jena
  • October 1994-June1995 : Holding of the C4-professorship for Philosophical Psychology and Anthropology of Prof. Dr. Theodor W. Köhler at the Institute for Philosophy at the Catholic Thelogical Faculty at the University of Salzburg
  • October 1995-February 1996 : Holding of the C4.professorship of prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Seminar for Scientic Politics at the University of Freiburg i.Br.
  • October 1996 : Organisation and directorship of the International Experts' Meeting, "Menschenrechte und Gemeinsinn - westlicher und östlicher Weg?“ of the Hermann und Marianne-Straniak-Stiftung at the Pedagogical University Weingarten
  • February-May 1997 : Research semester at Macquarie University, Sydney
  • January 1997 : Call to the C4-professorship of Practical Philosophy and Didactics (succeeding D. Birnbacher) at the University of Dortmund
  • July 1997 : Assumption of position at the University of Dortmund
  • February/March1998 : Senior Fellow at the Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, University of Bonn
  • August/October 1998 : Guarantee of research stipend of the "Japan Foundation" for a sabbatical at the University of Kyoto.
  • October 1999 : Organization and directorship of the international meeting "Wiedergeburt and kulturelles Erbe" at the Pedagogical University of Weingarten
  • Since Oktober 1999 : Editor of the series ”West-östliche Denkwege” published by Academia-Verlag, Sankt Augustin
  • December 1999 : Call of the C4-professorship for Philosophy with special emphasis for Practical Philosophy (suceeding Bernhard Waldenfels) at the Ruhr University of Bochum.
  • Februar 2000 : Second place in the appeal's process for the C4-professorship for Political Philosophy and the History of Ideas at the University of Regensberg
  • April 2000 : Assumption of position at the Ruhr University of Bochum
  • Mai bis Juli 2001 : Organization of the colloquium "Praktische Philosophie als Erste Philosophie?" at the Ruhr University of Bochum
  • November 2001 : Organization of the interdisciplinary symposium "Menschenleben-Menschenwürde" at the Ruhr-University of Bochum
  • February 2002 : Election as Managing director at the Institute for Philosophy at the Ruhr University of Bochum (April 2002 to March 2003)
  • February-April 2002 : Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley University, Graduate Theological Union (Instructional course: Contemporary Philosophy, research project to the relationship between anthropological and scientific-theoretical structuralism)
  • October 2002 : Organization of the International Meeting ”Zeit – Anfang und Ende” in Weingarten
  • 2003/2004 : Directorship of the research-project „Normkultur versus Nutzenkultur. Zu den intrakulturellen Differenzen in der westlichen Bioethik“ within the framework of Prof. Dr. Heiner Roetz's DFG-research group „Bioethik in Interkultureller Perspektive“ at the Ruhr Universität of Bochum
  • October 2004 : Organization and directorship (with Prof. Dr. Ante Covic and Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Hoffmann) of the International Conference „Bioethik in Süd- und Südosteuropa. Chancen einer integrativen ethischen Reflexion vor dem Hintergrund intrakultureller Differenzen in Europa“ in Dubrovnik
  • December 2004 : Founding of the initative „Integrierte Bildungswissenschaften. Ein Forschungsprojekt für die Zukunftsfähigkeit unserer Bildungsinstitutionen“ with the goal of the estahblishment of an independent interdisciplinary research group
  • June 2005 : Organization und and directorship (with Prof. Dr. Ante Covic and Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Hoffmann) of the first South-European Bioethical-Forum „Integrative Bioethik angesichts inter- und intrakultureller Differenzen“ in Mali Losinj
  • September 2005 : Organization and directoship of the international symposium „Weltbild/Bildwelt“ in Weingarten
  • From 2006 : Editor of the series „Phänomenologie. Texte und Kontexte" published by Verlag Karl Alber (Freiburg im Breisgau/Munich)
  • September 2008 : Organization and directorship of the international symposium „Opfer in Leben und Tot“ in Weingarten
  • Since summer semester 2009  : Professor at the Chair of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (succeeding  Reto Luzius Fetz)