Hans Jörg Sandkühler

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Hans Jörg Sandkühler (born August 27, 1940 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) is a German philosopher and professor emeritus.


From 1960 to 1965, Sandkühler studied philosophy and law at the University of Innsbruck , the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster and at the Sorbonne . In 1967 he received his doctorate in Münster with Joachim Ritter with a dissertation on Friedrich Wilhelm Schelling . From 1965 to 1970 he worked as an assistant to Odo Marquard at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen . After his habilitation in 1970 on questions of epistemology and hermeneutics , Sandkühler became professor at the Center for Philosophy and Fundamentals of Science at the University of Giessen in 1971.

Since 1974 he has been a professor at the University of Bremen .

From 1983 to 1989 he was on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Marxist Studies and Research . In 2003, Sandkühler took over the management of the German Department of Human Rights and Cultures of the European UNESCO Chair for Philosophy / Paris at the University of Bremen, which he also holds after his retirement in 2005.



  • Democracy of knowledge. Enlightenment, rationality, human rights and the necessity of the possible . VSA, Hamburg 1991, ISBN 3-87975-578-7 .
  • History, social movement and the process of knowledge. Studies on the dialectic of theoretic development in civil society . Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1984.
  • Critique of Representation. Introduction to the theory of beliefs, knowledge cultures and knowledge . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt / M. 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-29520-5 .
  • Nature and cultures of knowledge (Sorbonne lectures on epistemology and pluralism). Metzler, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-476-01920-9 .
  • Practice and awareness of history. Study of materialistic dialectics, epistemology and hermeneutics . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt / M. 1973, ISBN 3-518-00529-4 .
  • The reality of knowledge. Historical introduction to the epistemology and theory of knowledge . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt / M. 1991, ISBN 3-518-11679-7 .
  • Law and state on a human scale. Introduction to legal and state theory from a human rights perspective . Velbrück Wissenschaft, Weilerswist 2013, ISBN 978-3-942393-52-2 .


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