Robert Zimmer (philosopher)

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Robert Zimmer (born October 25, 1953 in Trier, Germany) is a German philosopher and essayist who writes biographies and popular introductions to philosophy and to the history of philosophy.

Robert Zimmer

Life[edit]

Robert Zimmer was educated at the German universities of Saarbrücken and Düsseldorf and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Edmund Burke. From 1986 - 2013 he lived as a freelance writer and publicist in Berlin. In 2013 he moved to Stuttgart. His most popular book so far has been “Das Philosophenportal”, a collection of 16 essays on 16 different classical works of philosophy, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages (not yet in English). In 2010 he published a biography of Arthur Schopenhauer. He also translated a selection of essays by the 19th Century French critic and writer Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve.


Zimmer is a follower of Critical rationalism. Together with Martin Morgenstern he wrote a short and popular biography of Karl Popper and edited the correspondence between Karl Popper and Hans Albert.

Selected list of works[edit]

  • 2011 (with M. Morgenstern) Gespräche mit Hans Albert
  • 2010 Arthur Schopenhauer. Ein philosophischer Weltbürger
  • 2009 Basis-Bibliothek Philosophie
  • 2009 Das große Philosophenportal
  • 2005 (ed., with M. Morgenstern) Hans Albert / Karl Popper: Briefwechsel
  • 2004 Das Philosophenportal
  • 2002 (with Martin Morgenstern) Karl Popper
  • 1995 Edmund Burke zur Einführung

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