Frank Fehrenbach is globally recognised as an outstanding scholar who has revitalised art history and established it as overarching Visual Studies. He received international acclaim for his studies on the works of Leonardo da Vinci in which he examines aspects of art history in a new interdisciplinary context invoking mathematics, optics, physics, geoscience and psychology. Fehrenbach thus overcomes the boundaries of his discipline and sets new benchmarks for art history as one of the innovative humanities. In Hamburg Fehrenbach is due to spearhead the realignment of the long-established Department of Art History and build up and lead a cross-disciplinary Research Centre on Images of Nature which is set to play a pioneering role in art history internationally.
Michael Neil Forster
Michael Neil Forster owes his reputation as a philosopher with a globally unique profile not least to his work on the connection between modern language philosophy and its Romantic roots in Herder’s writing. In his work, he combines the Anglo-American analytic philosophy approach with the continental approach, and is thus considered an important representative of those who examine the historical connections between these two schools of thought. His areas of specialisation include the philosophy of German idealism in Kant and Hegel, ranging all the way to the hermeneutics of Heidegger and Gadamer.
At the University of Bonn, Forster is to help develop the newly founded Internationales Zentrum für Philosophie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus raise the international profile of philosophy at Bonn.
University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Michael Neil Forster,
born in 1957, is currently the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, USA. He conducted a research stay at the University of Heidelberg from 1984 to 1985, and gained his doctorate in 1987 at Princeton, USA. He was an assistant professor from 1985-1990, then an associate professor, and later a full professor at the University of Chicago. Forster has received numerous awards and honours.
Philosophy of Science
Stephan Hartmann is one of the world’s leading academics in formal epistemology and the philosophy of science. He gained his reputation particularly for his transdisciplinary approach, for example in applying Bayesian network theory, a statistical model of probability distribution, to complex issues in various areas of philosophy.
At LMU Munich he is to hold a chair in “Philosophy of Science” in the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion. In addition, he is to manage the faculty’s Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy together with Humboldt Professor Hannes Leitgeb
The faculty aims to become one of the five most important institutions for logic and the philosophy of science.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann,
Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann, born in 1968, is currently a professor in the Department of Philosophy and founding director of the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (iLPS) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He completed his doctorate at Justus Liebig University Gießen in 1995.
After research stays at the University of Washington and the University of Pittsburgh, he led the research group Philosophy, Probability and Modelling at the University of Konstanz from 2002 to 2005, headed the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2004 to 2006, subsequently becoming a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, also at the LSE. He has held guest professorships at the University of California, Irvine and at Lund University.