André Fuhrmann

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André Fuhrmann (born 30 April 1958 in Essen, Germany) is a Professor of Philosophy and Logic at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Early life and education[edit]

Fuhrmann studied at the University of Marburg and at the University of St Andrews, where in 1984, he earned his Master of Philosophy (MPhil). He went to the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University and got his Ph.D. in 1988. Fuhrmanns Ph.D. thesis was on Relevance logic and Modal logic. From 1989 to 2002 Fuhrmann worked at the University of Konstanz as a post-doc and research fellow (Heisenberg-Fellow). During that time he had several visiting positions at Indiana University Bloomington, Columbia University, and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Fuhrmann had the position of a full professor of philosophy (titular) at the São Judas Tadeu University in São Paulo, Brazil from 2002 to 2006. He was appointed a professor with a Chair of Theoretical Philosophy (main area: logic) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main in 2006. Moreover, he was additionally appointed Professor of Linguistics in 2009.[1][2]

Research areas[edit]

André Fuhrmann has made contributions in Analytic philosophy, Relevance logic and Modal logic. Fuhrmann is best known for his research on "belief revision" or "theory change", a field of formal epistemology with applications for artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Fuhrmann also takes an interest in freshwater diatoms. Together with H. Lange-Bertalot he discovered, sampled and described new species in Brazil.[3][4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Selected works[edit]

  • 1989: Reflective modalities and theory change. Synthese 81:115–134.
  • 1991: Tropes and laws. Philosophical Studies, 63:57–82.
  • 1991: Theory contraction through base contraction. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 20:256–281.
  • 1991: Models for relevant modal logics. Studia Logica, 49:301–315, 1991.
  • 1994: On S. Studia Logica, 53:75–91; with E. D. Mares.
  • 1994: Undercutting and the Ramsey test for conditionals. Synthese, 101:157–169; with I. Levi.
  • 1994: A survey of multiple contractions. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 3:39–76; with S. O. Hansson.
  • 1995: A relevant theory of conditionals. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 24:645–665; with E. D. Mares.
  • 1997: Solid belief. Theoria, 63:90–104.
  • 1997: An Essay on Contraction. Studies in Logic, Language and Information, Stanford.
  • 1999: When hyperpropositions meet ... Journal of Philosophical Logic, 28:559–74.
  • 2002: Explanatory exclusion and causal relevance. Facta Philosophica, 4:287–300; with W.P. Mendonça.
  • 2002: Russell’s way out of the paradox of propositions. History and Philosophy of Logic, 23:197–213.
  • 2005: Existenz und Notwendigkeit – Kurt Gödels axiomatische Theologie. In: W. Spohn (Hrsg.): Logik in der Philosophie. Synchron, Heidelberg 2005, S.349–374.
  • 2006: Is pragmatist truth irrelevant to inquiry? In: Knowledge and Inquiry, hg. v. E. Olsson, Cambridge; 82–118.
  • 2013: Knowability as potential knowledge. Synthese. (online)
  • 2015: Blogging Gödel: His Ontological Argument In The Public Eye. In: Godel’s Ontological Argument. History, Modifications, and Controversies, ed. K. Swietorzecka, Warsaw ´ (Semper), 2015; pp. 203–226. (online)
  • 2017: Deontic Modals: Why Abandon The Default Approach. In: Erkenntnis 83 (2017), pp. 1351-1365. (online)


  1. ^ Fuhrmann. "Fuhrmann Work". Personal Website of André Fuhrmann on the Website of the Goethe University.
  2. ^ Goethe University. "Fuhrmann Andre". André Fuhrmann on the Website of the Goethe University.
  3. ^ Fuhrmann. "Fuhrmann Diatom-Work". Personal Website of André Fuhrmann on the Website of the Goethe University.
  4. ^ "Diploneis arctica (Lange–Bertalot) Lange–Bertalot & A. Fuhrmann, 2016". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award | External awards and honours | Awards and honours | About the University of Konstanz | University | University of Konstanz". Retrieved 2018-04-21.

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