Odo Marquard

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Odo Marquard
Born(1928-02-26)26 February 1928
Stolp, Farther Pomerania, Weimar Germany (modern Słupsk, Poland)
Died9 May 2015(2015-05-09) (aged 87)
Celle,[1] Germany
NationalityGerman
AwardsSigmund Freud Prize, 1984
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy
Ritter School
Main interests
Philosophical anthropology

Odo Marquard (26 February 1928 – 9 May 2015) was a German philosopher.[2] He is considered as a member of the Ritter School.

Biography[edit]

Marquard was born in Stolp, Farther Pomerania. He studied philosophy, German literature, and theology in Münster and Freiburg. From 1965 to 1993, Marquard held a chair for philosophy at the University of Gießen. In 1984 he was awarded the Sigmund Freud Prize[3] by the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung.

A proponent of philosophical hermeneutics and skepticism, Marquards work focuses on aspects of human fallibility, contingency and finitude.[4] He rejects idealist, rationalist and universalist conceptions and defends philosophical particularism and pluralism.[5] Criticized by Jürgen Habermas as a representative of German neoconservatism,[6] his philosophy has been described as a form of liberal conservatism[7] with various parallels to postmodern thought and the work of Richard Rorty.[8]

Major works[edit]

  • Schwierigkeiten mit der Geschichtsphilosophie. Suhrkamp (stw 394), Frankfurt am Main 1973, ISBN 3-518-27994-7
  • Farewell to Matters of Principle. Philosophical Studies. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press 1989. ISBN 978-0195051148
  • In Defense of the Accidental. Philosophical Studies. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press 1991. ISBN 978-0195072525
  • Skepsis und Zustimmung. Reclam, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-15-009334-1
  • Glück im Unglück. Fink, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-7705-3065-9
  • Skepsis in der Moderne. Reclam, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 3-15-018524-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen: Universität Gießen trauert um Prof. Odo Marquard
  2. ^ "Universität Gießen trauert um Prof. Odo Marquard". uni-giessen.de (in German).
  3. ^ "Urkundentext Odo Marquard (in German)". Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  4. ^ Marquard, Odo (1989). Farewell to Matters of Principle. Philosophical Studies. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195051148.
  5. ^ Marquard, Odo (1991). In Defense of the Accidental. Philosophical Studies. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195072525.
  6. ^ Habermas, Jürgen (1983). "Neoconservative Culture Criticism in the United States and West Germany: An Intellectual Movement in Two Political Cultures". Télos. 56.
  7. ^ Hacke, Jens (2006). Philosophie der Bürgerlichkeit. Die liberalkonservative Begründung der Bundesrepublik. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN 9783525368428.
  8. ^ Allen, Barry (2013). "Postmodern Pragmatism and Skeptical Hermeneutics: Richard Rorty and Odo Marquard". Contemporary Pragmatism. 10 (1).