Peter Bieri (author)

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Peter Bieri
Born 23 June 1944 (1944-06-23) (age 72)
Pen name Pascal Mercier
Nationality Swiss

Peter Bieri (born 23 June 1944), better known by his pseudonym, Pascal Mercier, is a Swiss writer and philosopher.

Academic background[edit]

Bieri studied philosophy, English studies and Indian studies in both London and Heidelberg. He took his doctoral degree in Heidelberg in 1971 after studies with Dieter Henrich and Ernst Tugendhat on the philosophy of time, with reference to the work of J. M. E. McTaggart. After the conferral of his doctorate, Bieri followed an academic career at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. In 1983 he started work at the University of Bielefeld and later he worked as a scientific assistant at the Philosophical Seminar at University of Heidelberg.[1]

Bieri co-founded the research unit for Cognition and Brain studies at the German Research Foundation.[2] The focuses of his research were the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and ethics. From 1990 to 1993, he was a professor of the history of philosophy at the University of Marburg; from 1993 he taught philosophy at the Free University of Berlin while holding the chair of analytic philosophy, succeeding his mentor, Ernst Tugendhat.[3]

In 2007 he retired early, disillusioned by academic life and condemning what he saw as the rise of managerialism ("Eine Diktatur der Geschäftigkeit") and decline in respect for academic work.[4]

Work as an author[edit]

Under the pseudonym Pascal Mercier, Peter Bieri has published four novels to date. In 2006 he was awarded the Marie-Luise-Kaschnitz Prize.


Philosophical works[edit]

A full list of his philosophical works may be found on Wikipedia's German pages.



  1. ^ Bieri's CV
  2. ^ ZiF workshops
  3. ^ Free University, Philosophy Department
  4. ^ Manfred Papst: Peter Bieri alias Pascal Mercier hat genug von der Universität, NZZ am Sonntag, 27. Mai 2007 (mit FAZ-Zitat vom 23. Mai 2007)