Markus Gabriel, Dr. Phil.
Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Director of International Center for Philosophy and Center for Science and Thought, University of Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel (Dr. Phil. and Habilitation, University of Heidelberg), holds the chair in epistemology, modern, and contemporary philosophy at the University of Bonn, Germany. At Bonn he is also the director of the International Center for Philosophy and the multidisciplinary Center for Science and Thought which he co-directs with a nuclear physicist. He has held faculty and visiting positions at Heidelberg, UC Berkeley, New York University, Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, The New School for Social Research and the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, among other places. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the trilogy “Why the World does not Exist,” “I am not a Brain,” and “The Meaning of Thought” where he lays out an account of reality and human mindedness designed to contribute to a robustly non-reductive account of the human being, our mental faculties, and our position in the natural order. He has become known as one of the founders of New Realism, a philosophical approach that resolutely avoids the reduction of reality to the material-energetic system of the universe and, therefore, opens new paths for our self-understanding as conscious, free, rational agents.