Julian Nida-Rümelin

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Julian Nida-Rümelin

Julian Nida-Rümelin (born November 28, 1954) is a German philosopher. He was born in Munich into a family with a long artistic tradition.


Nida-Rümelin studied philosophy, physics, mathematics and political sciences. In 1983 he completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Munich and then became an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and later at the Department of Political Sciences of said university. His state doctorate followed in 1989 at the Department of Philosophy in Munich. After spending one year in Minnesota as a visiting professor, he was appointed to the Chair of the Centre of Science Ethics at the University of Tübingen. From 1993 to 2003 he held a chair of philosophy at the University of Göttingen and then moved to Munich as a full professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the University of Munich. Since 2009 he holds a chair of Philosophy and Political Theory at the Department of Philosophy and is President of the interdisciplinary Munich Center for Ethics at the University of Munich.

From 1998 to 2000 he was the Head of the Municipal Department of Arts & Culture of Munich; from January 2001 to October 2002 Nida-Rümelin held a ministerial office as the State Minister for Culture and Media and was thus a member of the national government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

During his time in office, Nida-Rümelin voiced criticism on the implementation of the Bologna Process, the European reformation process of the higher education. He recently criticized German policies aiming to increase the tertiary education rates and recommended instead to further foster German "dual system" of vocational training.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Nida-Rümelin was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on cultural and media affairs, led by Michael Kretschmer and Klaus Wowereit.

Other activities[edit]



  • "Der Akademisierungswahn", Hamburg: edition körber 2014
  • "Philosophie einer humanen Bildung", Hamburg: edition körber 2013
  • "Der SokratesClub - Philosophieren mit Kindern", Munich: Knaus 2012
  • "Risikoethik" (together with Benjamin Rath & Johann Schulenburg), Berlin/New York: deGruyter 2012
  • "Die Optimierungsfalle - Philosophie einer humanen Ökonomie", Munich: Irisiana 2011
  • "Demokratie und Wahrheit" (Democracy and Truth), Munich: C H Beck 2006
  • "Humanismus als Leitkultur. Ein Perspektivenwechsel" (Humanism as the Leading Culture – Changing the Perspective), Munich: C H Beck 2006
  • "Über menschliche Freiheit" (On Human Liberty), Stuttgart: Reclam 2005
  • "Entscheidungstheorie und Ethik / Decision Theory and Ethics" (Second extended edition), Munich: Utz 2005
  • "Ethische Essays" (Ethical Essays), Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 2002
  • "Strukturelle Rationalität. Ein philosophischer Essay über praktische Vernunft" (Structural Rationality. A Philosophical Essay on Practical Reason) Stuttgart: Reclam 2001
  • "Demokratie als Kooperation" (Democracy as Cooperation), Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 1999
  • "Economic Rationality and Practical Reason", Dordrecht: Kluwer 1997
  • "Logik kollektiver Entscheidungen" (Collective Choice, together with Lucian Kern), Munich/Vienna: Oldenbourg 1994
  • "Praktische Rationalität" (Practical Rationality), Berlin: de Gruyter 1994
  • "Kritik des Konsequentialismus" (Critique of Consequentialism), Munich/Viena: Oldenbourg 1993, 21995


  • "Klassiker der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts" (Classic of the Philosophy of the 20th century, ed. together with Elif Özmen), Stuttgart: Kröner 2007
  • "Philosophie der Gegenwart" (Contemporary Philosophy), (ed. together with Elif Özmen), Stuttgart: Kröner 2007
  • "Handbuch Angewandte Ethik" (Handbook Applied Ethics), (second extended edition), Stuttgart: Kröner 2005
  • "Ökologische Ethik und Rechtstheorie" (Ecological Ethics and the Theory of Law), (together with Dietmar v.d.Pfordten), Baden-Baden: Nomos 22002
  • "Rationalität in der praktischen Philosophie" (Rationality in Practical Philosophy), (together with Th. Schmidt), Berlin: Akademie 2000
  • "Rationality, Rules, and Structure" (ed. together with Wolfgang Spohn), Dordrecht: Kluwer 2000
  • "Rationality, Realism, Revision". Proceedings of the 3rd international Congress of the "Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie" – *"Society for Analytical Philosophie", September 15–18, 1997, in Munich (ed.), Berlin: de Gruyter 2000
  • "Ästhetik und Kunstphilosophie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart" (Esthetics and Art Philosophy from the Antiquity to the Present Day), (ed. together with Monika Betzler), Stuttgart: Kröner 1998
  • "Ethische und Politische Freiheit" (Ethical and Political Liberty), (ed. together with Wilhelm Vossenkuhl), Berlin: de Gruyter 1998
  • Handbuch "Angewandte Ethik" (Handbook of Applied Ethics, ed.), Stuttgart: Kröner 2006
  • "Ökologische Ethik und Rechtstheorie" (Ecological Ethics and the Theory of Law, together with Dietmar v.d. Pfordten), Baden-Baden: Nomos 1995
  • "Philosophie der Gegenwart" (Contemporary Philosophy), Stuttgart: Kröner 1991, 21999
  • "Lexikon der philosophischen Werke" (Dictionary of Philosophical Works), Stuttgart: Kröner 1988, Russian 1997, Italian 2000

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