Andrew Bowie

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Andrew Bowie
Born 1952
Occupation Philosopher
Nationality British
Subject Philosophy

Andrew S. Bowie (born 1952) is Professor of Philosophy and German at Royal Holloway, University of London and Founding Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC).[1]

He has worked to promote a better understanding of German philosophy in the Anglophone analytical tradition [2] - including the works of Johann Georg Hamann, Johann Gottfried von Herder, Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Theodor W. Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, and Manfred Frank. Frank and Habermas have spoken highly of his work in this area.[3]

He has translated the works of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling[4] and Friedrich Schleiermacher.[5] His recent work has focused on music and philosophy,[6] and Adorno on the nature of philosophy. In addition to his philosophical work on music, he is a keen jazz saxophonist and has played with leading contemporary jazz musicians.[7]

He did his doctoral research on "History and the Novel" (1980) at the University of East Anglia, where he was taught by the renowned German writer and scholar W. G. Sebald (who later cited Bowie's work on Alexander Kluge in his Campo Santo[8]). He studied German philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. He was Professor of Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University until 1999. He was also Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Philosophy department of Tübingen University. He is on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Philosophy.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ HARC website.
  2. ^ See his book on German Philosophy in the Very Short Introductions series and his Introduction to German Philosophy from Kant to Habermas
  3. ^ See their reviews of his Introduction to German Philosophy
  4. ^ See On the History of Modern Philosophy
  5. ^ See Hermeneutics and Criticism
  6. ^ Such as his 2008 Music, Philosophy, and Modernity, reviewed here
  7. ^ See his biography on the Royal Holloway website. Some of his performances are available on his Soundcloud page
  8. ^ See W.G. Sebald, Campo Santo (London, Random House: 2005), pp. 73, 74, 214.