Franz-Hubert Robling

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Franz-Hubert Robling (* 1946 in Emsdetten , Westphalia ) worked at the seminar for general rhetoric at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen .


Robling grew up in the Münsterland . From 1966 to 1971 he studied German and history in Münster and Tübingen . From 1973 to 1978 Robling completed a second degree in rhetoric, philosophy and sociology in Tübingen. There he also received his doctorate - with Walter Jens - in rhetoric in 1982 with a thesis on the representation of people in the German news magazine " Der Spiegel ".

In 1985 he received a teaching position at the seminar for general rhetoric (the only one of this subject in Germany). Since 1987 he has also worked there as an editor on the DFG project " Historical Dictionary of Rhetoric ".

In 2010 he completed his habilitation at the Faculté des Lettres of the University of Strasbourg on the historical cultural theory of rhetoric (title Habil., DR).

Robling is a member of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric and the International Ernst Cassirer Society.

Fields of activity

At the beginning of his academic career in Tübingen, Robling dealt with political rhetoric and the rhetoric of the mass media . Then rhetorical conceptual and educational or cultural history became the focus of his interest. Today he mainly deals with topics from the border area of ​​rhetoric and philosophy, namely from the speaker's theory . In doing so, he tries to synthesize historical and modern theory of rhetoric. To this end, he deals with the interaction between philosophy and rhetoric.



  • Representation of people in the "Spiegel", explained using cover stories from the time of the grand coalition . Tübingen 1983.
  • Orator and rhetoric. Study on the conceptual and idea history of the speaker ideal. Hamburg 2007.


  • Criticism in the scuffle. Karl Marx and the rhetoric of the Communist Manifesto . In: Discussion German. Magazine for German teachers of all types of schools in training and practice. No. 94 (April 1987) pp. 129-145.
  • German as a second mother tongue German offers for returnees in Greece . In: Michael Bosch, Gerd Schulten (ed.): Identity and Solidarity . Aspects of European educational work. Ten years at Europa Zentrum Tübingen. (Saarbrücken Scheidt 1988) pp. 213-239.
  • together with Gregor Kalivoda : Convince, not persuade, the high art of rhetoric. In: Research. Communications of the DFG 3/88 (Weinheim 1988) pp. 10–11.
  • together with G. Kalivoda: Convince not Persuade. In: German Research. Reports of the DFG 2 (1989) pp. 16-17.
  • together with G. Kalivoda: The Historical Dictionary of Rhetoric. A contribution to term research and lexicon production. In: Lexicographica. International Yearbook for Lexicography, Tübingen, No. 5 (1989) pp. 129–142.
  • together with G. Kalivoda: Rhetoric Art between Science and Life Practice. In: Tübinger Blätter (1989) pp. 69-70.
  • Political Rhetoric in the German Enlightenment. In: Eckhart Hellmuth (Ed.): The Transformation of Political Culture. England and Germany in the Late Eighteenth Century (London 1990) pp. 409-421.
  • together with B. Brohm, G. Kalivoda: Work in Progress: Report on the research project Historical Dictionary of Rhetoric. In: Rhetoric. An international yearbook vol. 9 (1990) p. 171.
  • Problems of conceptual research in the historical dictionary of rhetoric. In: Archive for Conceptual History Vol. 38 (1995) pp. 9–22.
  • Plastic power. Attempt on rhetorical subjectivity in F. Nietzsche. In: Nietzsche Studies Vol. 25 (1996) pp. 86-98.
  • Manual or dictionary - really an alternative? In: Rhetoric. An international yearbook. Vol. 17 (1998) pp. 154-155.
  • Hypostatized anthropology . Five critical theses on Homo rhetoricus Austria . In: Josef Kopperschmidt (ed.): Rhetorical Anthropology. Studies on Homo rhetoricus. (Munich 2000) pp. 371-382.
  • Rhetorical conceptual history and cultural research in the Historical Dictionary of Rhetoric. In: Gunter Scholtz (ed.): The interdisciplinarity of the history of concepts. (Hamburg 2000) pp. 43-53.
  • Topics and conceptual history using the example of the vir bonus ideal. In: Thomas Schirren, Gert Ueding (ed.): Rhetoric and Topic. (Tübingen 2000) pp. 67-80.
  • Aspects of the ideal speaker in the time around 1800. In: Rhetorik. An international yearbook vol. 20 (2001) pp. 1–17.
  • Anthropology of the speaker. In: Stefan Metzger, Wolfgang Rapp (eds.): Homo inveniens. Heuristics and anthropology on the model of rhetoric. (Tübingen 2003) pp. 75-86.
  • together with G. Kalivoda: Convince, not persuade the fine art of rhetoric. Reprint of research article. Communications of the DFG 3/88 in the series Perspectives for the subject German in the upper secondary level of the publishing house Oldenbourg / bsv, volume (teacher) materials, ed. by Dieter Mayer (Munich 2003) p. 181.
  • What is rhetorical anthropology? Attempt a disciplinary definition. In: Rhetoric. An international yearbook Vol. 23 (2004) pp. 1-10.
  • Prolegomena to a theory of rhetorical ethics . In: Wolfgang Kofler, Karlheinz Töchterle (ed.): Pontes III The ancient rhetoric in the European intellectual history. (Innsbruck, Wien, Bozen 2005) pp. 31–46.
  • Utilitarianism and Morality of the Orator in Quintilian . In: Lucia Calboli Montefusco (Ed.): Papers on Rhetoric VII (Roma 2006) pp. 227-234.
  • Rhetoric in Classical Shape and Modern Adaption: the Historical Dictionary of Rhetoric. In: Ioannis Kazazis , Antonios Rengakos (Ed.): The Lexicography of Greek Culture, Ancient, Medieval and Modern. The Contemporary Encyclopedic Lexica online:
  • Enzensberger's sinking of the Titanic as a paradigm of a shipwreck with a spectator. In: Joachim Knape , Olaf Kramer, Peter Weit (eds.): And the speech drove me. Festschrift for Gert Ueding's 65th birthday . (Tübingen 2008) pp. 149–161.
  • Rhetorical cultural theory according to Ernst Cassirer. In: Renate Lachmann, Riccardo Nicolosi, Susanne Strätling (eds.): Rhetoric as cultural practice (Munich 2008) pp. 45–62.
  • The “soil” of the art of speaking. Heidegger's interpretation of Aristotelian rhetoric from the perspective of Cassirer. In: Josef Kopperschmidt (Ed.): Heidegger on Rhetorik (Munich 2009) pp. 197–221.
  • In Defense of the Orator. A Classicist Outlook on Rhetoric Culture. In: Christian Meyer, Felix Girke (Ed.): The Rhetorical Emergence of Culture (New York, Oxford 2011) pp. 253–263.
  • Rhetoric as a pragmatic element of the symbolic form. In: Urs Büttner, Martin Gehring, Mario Gotterbarm, Lisa Herzog, Matthias Hoch (eds.): Potentials of symbolic forms. An interdisciplinary introduction to Ernst Cassirer's thinking (Würzburg 2011) pp. 111–121.
  • The force of plasticity: Some reflections on the concept of rhetorical subjectivity in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche . [1]

Web links


  1. -hubert-robling.html Page about Dr. Franz-Hubert Robling on the website of the University of Tübingen
  2. -hubert-robling.html Page about Dr. Franz-Hubert Robling on the website of the University of Tübingen