Julian Nida-Rümelin

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Julian Nida-Rümelin (2012)

Julian Nida-Rümelin (born November 28, 1954 in Munich ) is a German philosopher . He has been teaching at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich since 2004 . His areas of specialization are decision - making and rationality theory, theoretical and applied ethics , political philosophy and epistemology .

Nida-Rümelin was cultural advisor for the state capital Munich and state minister for culture in the first Schröder cabinet .


Nida-Rümelin grew up in Munich as the son of the sculptor Rolf Nida-Rümelin and grandson of the sculptor Wilhelm Nida-Rümelin in a family of artists. His sister is the philosopher Martine Nida-Rümelin . In 1974 he passed his Abitur at the humanistic Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich . From 1975 to 1980 he studied philosophy , physics , mathematics and political science at the universities of Munich and Tübingen . In 1983 he received his doctorate summa cum laude under the Munich scientific theorist Wolfgang Stegmüller in the subjects philosophy, political science, logic and philosophy of science . From 1984 to 1989 he worked as a research assistant (Akademischer Rat a. Z.) at the LMU Munich. Here he completed his habilitation in 1989 with a thesis on the critique of consequentialism in ethics and the theory of rationality.

After substituting professors Nikolaus Lobkowicz (Political Theory & Philosophy; Geschwister-Scholl-Institut ) and Stegmüller ( Philosophy of Science and Basic Research ), he accepted a visiting professorship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis / USA in 1991 . In the same year he was offered a professorship in the state of Baden-Württemberg for ethics in the biosciences . The Center for Ethics in the Sciences of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen appointed Nida-Rümelin to its executive committee for the years 1992/93 until he was appointed to a chair for philosophy at the University of Göttingen in 1993, succeeding Günter Patzig .

During the time as Minister of State for Culture from January 2001 to October 2002, Nida-Rümelin was an honorary professor at the Georg-August University in Göttingen. After the end of the legislative period in 2002, he decided to return to science, initially at the Göttingen chair for philosophy. In the summer semester of 2004, he accepted a call from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) to the chair for political theory and philosophy at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut, where he was immediately elected managing director. In the course of turning away an appointment abroad, he switched to the Chair of Philosophy IV in the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Religious Studies at LMU in the summer semester of 2009, of which he was dean from 2009 to 2013. Since 2002 he has also been an honorary professor at the Institute for Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin .

In the winter term of 2004/05 he was visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology , Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, in the USA.

Political career

From July 1998 to January 2001, Nida-Rümelin was cultural advisor for the city of Munich; Lydia Hartl succeeded him in this position .

In January 2001 he was appointed then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to the Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery with the remit culture and media . He remained in this office until the end of the first term of office of the red-green government in October 2002. From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the party executive committee and chairman of the SPD's basic values ​​commission .

As a cultural advisor (department head) for the City of Munich from July 1998 to December 2000, he was particularly committed to the promotion of art in public spaces, the staff renewal of the city's theaters and popular and urban culture. This did not always work without conflict. The dispute with the director of the Kammerspiele, Dieter Dorn, escalated when his contract was not extended by the city council and instead, at the suggestion of Nida-Rümelins, Frank Baumbauer was entrusted with the management of the renowned theater. As Minister of State for Culture, he was responsible for a budget of over one billion euros, which rose significantly in the two budget years of his term of office, also because of the establishment of the Federal Cultural Foundation, which despite initial resistance from the federal states in the summer of 2001 with an annual budget of 37.5 Million euros started work under the artistic direction of Hortensia Völckers through a federal establishment law. Since then, this foundation has based its work, supported by juries, on the motto of Nida-Rümelin at the time of the double-i, i.e. the promotion of innovative art and cultural projects with an international focus, especially in Eastern Europe. Another focus of his work was the safeguarding of fixed book prices, which was at risk at the time, through a national law modeled on France.

Presidia, honors, memberships

From 1994 to 1997 Nida-Rümelin was President of the Society for Analytical Philosophy .

Nida-Rümelin was President of the German Society for Philosophy from 2009 to 2011 and in this role organized the “World of Reasons” congress at LMU in September 2011 with over 400 lectures and 2,700 participants. For the first time, the philosophy was brought into the city with events in museums, cultural centers and schools.

In 2004 Nida-Rümelin was honored by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels with the "Dem Förderer des Deutschen Buches" plaque for his initiative to establish statutory book prices based on the French model in Germany.

In June 2007 he received the award of Scientist in Residence at the University of Duisburg-Essen , and in the same year he was a fellow of the Friedrich Nietzsche College .

In 2014 the University of Trieste awarded him an honorary doctorate.

In 2016 he received the Europe Medal for special services to Bavaria in a United Europe from the Bavarian State Minister for European Affairs and Regional Relations.

Nida-Rümelin is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences , the European Academy of Sciences and the Academy for Ethics in Medicine in Göttingen. From 2011 to 2016 he was the spokesman for the Munich Competence Center for Ethics and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since then. Together with Karl Homann , he initiated the part-time course Philosophy - Politics - Economics at LMU, of which he has been spokesperson since 2008. In 2017, JNR was appointed by the then Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, and the former Minister of Science, Ludwig Spaenle, to head the culture department at the newly founded Zentrum Digitisierung.Bayern (ZD.B.). Since 2018 he has also been a member of the board of directors of the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt).

Nida-Rümelin is a full member of the German Society for Research into Political Thought (DGEPD) and the Board of Trustees of the Munich Jewish Center, which opened in 2006 .

In 2010, Nida-Rümelin ran for the election of the President of the LMU Munich against the incumbent Bernd Huber in order to give a signal against what he saw as a failed Bolognese reform. While the deans had spoken out in favor of Huber, the student representatives (StuVe) voted "with an overwhelming majority" for Nida-Rümelin at the end of April: 127 student representatives voted for him as the future president, whereas only 16 for incumbent Bernd Huber. June 2010 Nida-Rümelin lost in the university council with one against 15 votes.

On behalf of the magazine Cicero, a study in September 2008 and 2013 determined which scholars and intellectuals can claim the power of interpretation because they are most often cited in leading media and scientific publications. In both years, Julian Nida-Rümelin took 3rd place in the field of philosophy after Jürgen Habermas and Peter Sloterdijk .

At the beginning of 2019, he and his wife Nathalie Weidenfeld were awarded the main prize of the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the 2018 political book for digital humanism. An Ethic Awarded for the Age of Artificial Intelligence .

On July 22, 2019, Nida-Rümelin received the Bavarian Order of Merit from Prime Minister Markus Söder .



Julian Nida-Rümelin primarily deals with practical philosophy, which is divided into the areas of action and rationality theory as well as ethics, social, state and legal philosophy. His main areas of research are the theory of rationality, ethics, and political philosophy, with occasional excursions into science and epistemology .

In his dissertation in 1983 he investigated the relationship between rationality and morality with the means of decision theory - certainly also with its critical application . Important questions it deals with are: What does it mean to act rationally? What possibilities does contemporary decision and game theory offer to clarify normative problems? Are consequentialist models of action suitable for analyzing moral behavior? Nida-Rümelin denies the latter. The dissertation Decision Theory and Ethics was republished in 2005 along with several other English-language publications.

For him, a bridge between philosophy and political science is what is known as Collective Choice Theory , a special branch of decision theory that has become a subdiscipline of decision theory since Kenneth Arrow's groundbreaking work in 1963. In 1994 he published the book Logic of Collective Decisions together with Lucian Kern , in which he confirmed and expanded Arrow's approach. As early as 1993, the post-doctoral thesis Critique of Consequentialism was published , which is directed against the statement "Reasonably one does what has the best consequences." In it, Nida-Rümelin criticizes the usual version of the Rational Choice Theory with arguments that arise from the dilemmas of the theory itself, and shows that it is unable to infer the phenomena of moral obligation and justification.

In his inaugural lecture at the LMU Munich in 2004, he stated programmatically that he wanted to bring Aristotle's three classic normative disciplines - economics, ethics and politics - back into a new unity.

Nida-Rümelin also turned to the field of applied ethics , i.e. the areas of ethics of technical action , environmental ethics and medical ethics , published the handbook on applied ethics and the stw volume Ethical Essays (Part III) , which in 2017 published the monograph Think beyond limits. An ethic of migration followed.

In his book, Democracy and Truth , published in 2006 , he counteracts skepticism about the truth in relation to political events and thus contradicts Carl Schmitt 's school and so-called political decisionism .


Structural rationality

Nida-Rümelin's practical philosophy is based on his theory of structural rationality . As an alternative concept to consequentialism , which is based on the view that an action based on the weighing up of the consequences alone makes morally imperative (optimization of consequences in the light of evaluating the benefits for humanity), the theory of structural rationality integrates a complex network of practical elements Reasons, because it takes into account that people interact in a network and are perceived that way. Human interactions (requests, promises, collaborative work and the like) constitute reasons for actions that lead to the responsibility of the agents, provided that these are affected by reasons. With this, Nida-Rümelin intends to abolish the opposition between ethics of conviction and ethics of responsibility .

Structural rationality thus avoids a dichotomy between moral and extra-moral rationality, as is typical of Kantian approaches. So while for Kant following rules constitutes moral responsibility, the theory of structural rationality generalizes the concept of moral action. Accordingly, rationality consists in embedding the situated or selective optimization in a further responsibility structure. The close connection between morality and rationality postulated by Kant becomes an aspect of an all-encompassing approach to action that is embedded in a responsibility structure. The practice of exchanging reasons, or as Nida-Rümelin likes to write, the practice of giving-and-taking reasons, aims at both, a coherent structure within one person and between different people. Thanks to the rejection of the dichotomy of moral and extra-moral reasons, structural rationality can make use of the concepts of decision and game theory to explain essential aspects of practical coherence . For example, the von Neumann / Morgenstern postulates are interpreted as rules of practical coherence and not as axioms of consequentialist optimization. The utility function becomes a mere representation of the coherent preferences, and thus maximizing the expected utility can no longer be interpreted as optimizing the consequences of action. This makes the term “usefulness” misleading and should be replaced by “subjective judgment”.

It is characteristic of structural rationality that its deontological character is consistently compatible with the conceptual framework of decision and game theory. Although this compatibility may sound surprising, it is only due to a logically stringent interpretation of the utility theorem and other theorems of game theory. The conventional economic reading is only one of many and, moreover, incompatible with most of the practical reasons that we classify as indispensable in everyday life. The theory of structural rationality, on the other hand, can represent this everyday give and take of reasons and thus serves as an analysis tool.

Lifeworld and human practice

From the point of view of structural rationality, Nida-Rümelin treats the relationship between philosophy and the world or way of life. His position is inspired by Wittgenstein 's late philosophy. In contrast, Nida-Rümelin emphasizes the unity of practice; H. the unity of the acting person with their social interactions. The starting point is the observation that individuals strive for coherence with regard to their beliefs, other epistemic attitudes, actions and emotive attitudes. Any incoherence can be criticized and is therefore a starting point for philosophy in general, and especially for ethical theory. Philosophical theory should therefore take care not to abandon what is common in human practice, namely the give-and-take reason. Because this theory cannot reinvent the reasons of human practice. No principles can be postulated from which moral duties are derived. Ethical principles can only be systematizations of a given practice of justification. In the conflict with rationalism, Nida-Rümelin positions himself clearly on the side of pragmatism .


Nida-Rümelin's practical philosophy is a humanism based on the human condition , understood as the cross-cultural invariant elements of being human over time. Humanism has both an anthropological and an ethical dimension. The anthropological dimension shows itself in normative concepts such as (structural) rationality, freedom and responsibility. Humanists think that the ability to have reason, beliefs, and feelings and to act is essential to understanding the human condition. But that does not imply a humanistic ethic. Human action and responsibility requires the ability to weigh up reasons, sometimes against each other, and to act on the basis of the result of the weighing up. However, this does not yet guarantee morally accepted action. Even a Nazi officer in a concentration camp could act on the basis of weighing reasons. Therefore, a humanistic ethic still has to distinguish between good and bad reasons, good and bad forms of reasoning, and good and bad forms of emotive attitudes. Hating someone because they lead a different life is irrational, as can be seen from the hatred of homosexuals in a predominantly heterosexual community. Just as irrational is hating a group of people because of their skin color. The structural rationality approach is optimistic in that it assumes that explanatory reasons that strive for intra- and interpersonal coherence can eliminate bad reasons, be they practical, theoretical, or emotive. Hence, the relationship between anthropological and ethical humanism is not deductive but pragmatic. Those who take anthropological humanism seriously tend to adopt a humanistic ethos, whereas those who reject humanistic principles of responsibility tend to fight against anthropological humanism. This struggle is expressed in various forms such as social Darwinism , racism , reductionist naturalism , chauvinist nationalism, discriminatory sexism, and other forms of anti-humanism. From the structural analysis of the practice of giving-and-taking reasons, which strives for coherence, Nida-Rümelin developed humanistic semantics that allow anti-humanistic reasons to be eliminated.


Nida-Rümelin defends a fundamental, non- ontological and non-metaphysical realism against instrumentalism and positivism in the philosophy of science and against post-modernism in the humanities and social sciences. It is a realism in the sense that we actually exchange reasons in our everyday lives. This form of life is real and not a mere metaphysical postulate. This practice requires and promotes facts that individuals discover by developing arguments for and against certain theses. This realism is inevitably part of our way of life, which makes the assumption implausible that the sciences can be understood in an anti-realistic way. But instrumentalists, constructivists and post-modernists would have to accept the latter . It is the continuity between our everyday way of life and science that speaks for the existence of facts, facts and circumstances. These are not constituted by convictions, neither individually solipsistic nor collective-cultural or by community convictions of an ideal discourse, as can be found in Jürgen Habermas' work or in Hilary Putnam's so-called internal realism , which despite the name represents a form of idealism .

Against naturalism

Naturalism is currently the dominant metaphysical view in the natural sciences and much of the social sciences. Naturalism is also very popular in the humanities, sometimes in conjunction with post-modernism. Nida-Rümelin believes that this explicit or implicit naturalism cannot be maintained. Most of his arguments against naturalism are pragmatic: he takes human action for granted and shows that its components are incompatible with naturalism. There is no plausible naturalistic interpretation of reason, freedom and responsibility. Nida-Rümelin presented his arguments in a book trilogy: the first deals with practical reason (2001), the second with freedom (2005) and the third with responsibility (2011). Practical reason, epistemic and practical freedom, and epistemic, practical and emotive responsibility are seen as three aspects of the same phenomenon. The phenomenon of being affected by reasons is unifying. This does not mean that the chain of reasons does not come to an end. Nida-Rümelin is close to Wittgenstein in that he claims that any justification ultimately ends in the indisputable elements of our shared way of life. It is irrational to doubt everything, or, following Wittgenstein, there are things that a sensible person would not doubt. Reasons are relevant to action. To doubt this meant that humans could transcend their human condition . As Peter Strawson argued in his Freedom and Resentment article, being sensible meant that individuals were not just dependent on factors beyond their control. What individuals consider right is relevant to their actions. There could be no form of naturalistic determination that excludes all free thinking and reasoning. Nida-Rümelin reads the argument against the reduction of logic to psychology ( Frege , Husserl ) as an argument for the gradual autonomy of reason. When individuals conclude logically, they were following logical rules that could not be identified with psychological or neurophysiological data. He also believes that Alonzo Church and Kurt Gödel's insights into unpredictability in the 1930s could show that human thinking and reasoning cannot only be of an algorithmic nature. Thinking cannot be naturalized insofar as a naturalistic position regards causal processes as algorithmic. That is why Nida-Rümelin's humanism rules out deductionistic naturalism.

Economics and ethics

Nida-Rümelin criticizes the irrationality of a purely optimization-oriented economic order and advocates a humane economy.

Digital humanism

Julian Nida-Rümelin tries again and again to defend his practical philosophy, which is based on humanism, against new trends. At the beginning of the millennium he often entered into disputes with the neurophilosopher Wolf Singer and the physicist Alfred Gierer in order to strengthen humanism against the predominant position of naturalism, especially in the natural sciences. In 2018 he presented a humanism as a counterpart to thinking of a Silicon Valley ideology and Industry 4.0 . The intentionality of humans cannot be digitized; it is opposed to the algorithm and software-controlled processes. Genuine authorship is incompatible with the fact that people are controlled by algorithms and are determined in their goals and actions. Based on the unpredictability of human action, an ethic of digitization is designed. This sets the human condition as a starting point for dealing with Industry 4.0, in order to prevent artificial intelligence or artificial life from being elevated to a substitute for religion.


Julian Nida-Rümelin (left), Thomas Meyer (center) and Volker Gerhardt (right) during a discussion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

Religion and morals

Nida-Rümelin was critical of religious fundamentalism . He considers himself a humanist . Enlightenment must also offer normative ethical orientation. Even outside of religious ties, there must be an opportunity to hold on to. The enlightenment had done too little here recently and thus contributed to an intensification of the longing for religion. The US evangelical movement is creating a pseudoscience with creationism that threatens real science more and more.

Nida-Rümelin shows that it is historically wrong to view morality as originating from religion. In the course of the discussion about ethics lessons , Nida-Rümelin criticized the sole claim of religious groups to morality . Even agnostics could be moral. Ethical writings, for example by Seneca , showed that fixed values ​​are possible without the appeal to a god. Nida-Rümelin's work Humanism as a leading culture . A change of perspective (2006) refers to the normative basic consensus of a humane and open society.

Freedom and rationality

Nida-Rümelin refers decided position in by brain researchers such as Wolf Singer and Gerhard Roth triggered public debate about freedom and self-responsibility . Among other things, at the Neuro2004: Brain Research for the Future congress , he defended the ability to act rationally and the freedom of choice and decision on which it is based, by advocating that the lifeworld experience of freedom of action is occasionally obscured and occasionally also an error , but is basically not something like a great illusion or a great illusion. In his book About Human Freedom , published in 2005, Nida-Rümelin defines freedom as the underdetermination of reasons for believing or doing something. This creates a close connection between freedom, rationality and responsibility. The position developed in five essays can be read as a humanistic response to a widespread naturalism and materialism in contemporary philosophy and neuroscience.

Education and academization

Since 2006, Nida-Rümelin has been critical of the Bologna Process and the reorganization and leveling of educational practice. He advocates a “reform of the reform” and a return to the strengths of the European university tradition. He has repeatedly commented in detail on the problem of the reform of the study structure (interview with the Goethe Institute ).

In 2013, Nida-Rümelin published a philosophy of humane education in which he pleaded for the connection between philosophy and pedagogy to be restored and for the humanistic educational tradition to be renewed since antiquity. In this context, there is a fierce controversy that sparked an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , in which Nida-Rümelin opposed the trend towards ever more academization ("academization mania"). This controversy is not just about the number of students, but above all about the role of non-academic vocational training ( dual system ) in Germany. The lines of conflict do not run between left and right, but within the parties and associations. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as numerous business leaders, but also representatives of the trade unions and politics supported this thesis, while parts of the economy and trade unions opposed it. The OECD praised Meanwhile, the dual system in Germany and relativized their call for a significant increase in the percentage of academics not only in Germany but also in Austria and Switzerland, in view of the fact that in these countries, youth unemployment is particularly low. Nida-Rümelin elaborated on the complex in a booklet published in 2014 entitled Der Akademisierungswahn - On the Crisis of Vocational and Academic Education .



  • (1993) Critique of Consequentialism. Oldenbourg, Munich (study edition 1995)
  • (1994) with L. Kern: Logic of collective decisions. Oldenbourg, Munich
  • (1997) Economic Rationality and Practical Reason. Kluwer, Dordrecht
  • (1999) Democracy as Cooperation. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt
  • (2000) with Th. Schmidt: Rationality in practical philosophy. Akademie Verlag, Berlin
  • (2001) Structural Rationality. A Philosophical Essay on Practical Reason. Reclam, Stuttgart (UB 18150)
  • (2002) Ethical Essays. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt
  • (2005) Decision Theory and Ethics. Utz, Munich
  • (2005) About human freedom. Reclam, Stuttgart (UB 18365)
  • (2006) Humanism as a Leitkultur. A change of perspective. Beck, Munich
  • (2006) Democracy and Truth. Beck, Munich
  • (2009) Philosophy and Lifestyle Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt Main
  • (2011) Responsible for Reclams Universal Library, Stuttgart. (UB 18829)
  • (2011) The Optimization Trap. Philosophy of a human economy , Irisiana Verlag, Munich, ISBN 978-3-424-15078-0 .
  • (2012) The Socrates Club. Philosophical conversations with children , Knaus Verlag, Munich, ISBN 978-3-8135-0464-4 .
  • (2013) Philosophy of a Humane Education . Edition Körber Foundation , Hamburg, ISBN 978-3-89684-096-7 .
  • (2014) The Academic Mania - On the Crisis of Vocational and Academic Education . Edition Körber Foundation, Hamburg, ISBN 978-3-89684-161-2 .
  • (2015) with Klaus Zierer: On the way to a new German educational catastrophe. Herder, Freiburg / Br., ISBN 978-3-451-31288-5 .
  • (2016) Humanist Reflections (= Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2180 ), Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-518-29780-3 .
  • (2017) Thinking About Boundaries: An Ethics of Migration. edition Körber Foundation, Hamburg, ISBN 978-3-89684-195-7 .
  • (2018) Calm Realism. mentis, Paderborn, ISBN 978-3-95743-130-1 .
  • (2018) Digital Humanism. , together with Nathalie Weidenfeld , Piper, Munich, ISBN 978-3-492-05837-7 .
  • (2020) The Endangered Rationality of Democracy. A political treatise , Edition Körber, Hamburg, ISBN 978-3-89684-278-7 .


  • (1988) with Franco Volpi : Lexicon of Philosophical Works. Kröner, Stuttgart; Russian 1997, Italian 2000
  • (1991) Philosophy of the Present in Individual Representations. From Adorno to v. Wright (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 423). Kröner, Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-520-42301-4 (2nd edition 1999, 3rd edition 2007).
  • (1994) Practical Rationality. Fundamental problems and ethical applications of the rational choice paradigm. de Gruyter, Berlin
  • (1995) with Dietmar von der Pfordten : Ecological ethics and legal theory. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2002
  • (1996) Applied Ethics. The area ethics and their theoretical foundation. A manual (= Kröner's pocket edition. Volume 437). Kröner, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-520-43701-5 .
  • (1998) with Wilhelm Vossenkuhl : Ethical and Political Freedom. de Gruyter, Berlin
  • (1998) with Monika Betzler: Aesthetics and Art Philosophy. From antiquity to the present in individual representations (= Kröner's pocket edition. Volume 375). Kröner, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-520-37501-X .
  • (2000) Rationality, Realism, Revision. Lectures at the 3rd international congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy from September 15 to 18, 1997 in Munich. de Gruyter, Berlin
  • (2000) with Wolfgang Spohn : Rationality, Rules, and Structure. Kluwer, Dordrecht. Philosophy and Politics V - For a Politics of Dignity (together with Wolfgang Thierse); with contributions by Avishai Margalit , Michael Naumann , Birgit Mahnkopf, Gert Weisskirchen and Julian Nida-Rümelin. Essen: Klartext Verlag 2001 (131 pages)
  • (2002) with Wolfgang Thierse : Philosophy and Politics VI - For an Aristotelian Social Democracy ; with contributions by Martha C. Nussbaum , Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul , Peter Bieri , Volker Gerhardt and Herbert Schnädelbach . Essen: Klartext-Verlag 2002 (96 pages)
  • (2005) with Wolfgang Thierse: Thomas M. Scanlon . Political Equality-Political Equality , Culture in Discussion, Volume 12, Essen
  • (2005) Applied Ethics. The area ethics and their theoretical foundation. A manual (= Kröner's pocket edition. Volume 437). 2nd updated edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-520-43702-3 (933 pages).
  • (2006) " Science dream machine ", Edition Körber Foundation, Hamburg (283 pages)
  • (2007) with Werner Weidenfeld : European identity: conditions and strategies , Baden-Baden, Nomos, (255 pp.)
  • (2007) Philosophy of the Present (with Elif Özmen ), 3rd revised and updated edition, Kröner, Stuttgart
  • (2007) with Elif Özmen : Classics of 20th Century Philosophy (= Kröner's pocket edition. Volume 501). Kröner, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-520-50101-1 .
  • (2007) Natural History of Freedom , De Gruyter, Berlin (Volume 1 from the book series Human Project edited by Detlef Ganten, Volker Gerhardt and Julian Nida-Rümelin)
  • (2008) What is man? , De Gruyter, Berlin (Volume 3 from the book series Human Project edited by Detlef Ganten, Volker Gerhardt and Julian Nida-Rümelin)
  • (2008) Functions of Consciousness , De Gruyter, Berlin (Volume 2 from the book series Human Project edited by Detlef Ganten, Volker Gerhardt and Julian Nida-Rümelin)
  • (2011) The Presence of Utopia. Criticism of time and turning point (with Klaus Kufeld), Karl Alber Verlag
  • (2011) Original and Fake. From the series: Art and Philosophy. (together with Jakob Steinbrenner), Munich: Hatje Cantz
  • (2011) Art and Philosophy: Photography between Documentation and Staging. From the series: Art and Philosophy. (together with Jakob Steinbrenner), Munich: Hatje Cantz
  • (2011) Art and Philosophy: Art Education in the Media From the series: Art and Philosophy. (together with Jakob Steinbrenner), Munich: Hatje Cant
  • (2011) Susan Neiman. Moral clarity for adult idealists (together with Wolfgang Thierse, Olaf Scholz and Volker Gerhardt), Essen: Klartext Verlag
  • (2012) Reason and Freedom. On the practical philosophy of Julian Nida-Rümelin (together with Detlev Ganten, Volker Gerhardt, Jan-Christoph Heilinger), from the series: Human Project. Interdisciplinary Anthropology, Berlin: De Gruyter
  • (2014) "On the concept of responsibility", in: Battaglia / Mukerji / Nida-Rümelin (ed.): Rethinking Responsibility in Science and Technology , Pisa University Press, 2014, p. 13- [null 24] [i1]
  • (2015) Handbook Philosophy and Ethics, Volume 1: Didaktik und Methodik, Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2015
  • (2015) Handbook Philosophy and Ethics, Volume 2: Disciplines and Topics, Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2015
  • (2017) Handbook Philosophy and Ethics, Volume 1: Didaktik und Methodik, Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2nd, reviewed edition
  • (2017) Handbook Philosophy and Ethics, Volume 2: Disciplines and Topics, Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2nd, reviewed edition ---- [i1] no Worddoc

Book series

  • "Scientia Nova" Oldenbourg since 1997.
  • with Georg Meggle : Perspektiven der Analytische Philosophie de Gruyter, Berlin, with mentis, Paderborn since 2000
  • Theory and Decision Library - Series A: Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences Kluwer Academic Publ. (General Editor). Since 2003
  • with Detlev Ganten, Volker Gerhardt and Jan-Christoph Heilinger: Human project. Interdisciplinary Anthropologie de Gruyter, Berlin / New York. Since 2007


Jürgen Habermas praised Nida-Rümelin's dual role between philosophy and politics:

“Today we can observe a political commitment by philosophers in four different social roles. The well-known roles of the political advisor and the intellectual are juxtaposed with the less usual roles of the moderator between philosophy and politics and of the philosopher who takes part in political activities at times. Apart from Julian Nida-Rümelin, I don't know any other philosopher today who, in addition to his academic profession, successfully performs all four of these political roles. "


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Science has triumphed. In: deutschlandfunk.de. October 1, 2002, accessed April 12, 2020 .
  2. ^ Wit / dpa: SPD: Nida-Rümelin warns of "academization mania" in Germany. In: Spiegel Online . September 1, 2013, accessed April 12, 2020 .
  3. ^ Robert Braunmüller: Münchner Kammerspiele: Julian Nida-Rümelin about his dispute with Dieter Dorn. In: Abendzeitung-muenchen.de. February 23, 2016, accessed April 12, 2020 .
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  5. Julian Nida-Rümelin: Against the market radicalism. In: sueddeutsche.de . July 5, 2018, accessed April 12, 2020 .
  6. Dietmar Müller: Fixed book prices remain. In: zdnet.de. March 20, 2002, accessed April 12, 2020 .
  7. ^ Philosophers in the city. XXII. German Congress for Philosophy. In: DGPhil. Archived from the original on December 1, 2013 ; Retrieved December 19, 2013 .
  8. Munich: "Promoter of the Book" - Nida-Rümelin and publisher Krüger honored. In: nmz - new music newspaper. Retrieved December 19, 2013 .
  9. SCIENTIST IN RESIDENCE 2007. In: University of Duisburg-Essen. Retrieved January 13, 2009 .
  10. http://www.klassik-stiftung.de/index.php?id=601
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  12. Who will be President? In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved December 19, 2013 .
  13. Archive link ( Memento from December 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  14. http://archiv.sueddeutsche.de/a5938B/3332346/Studenten-votieren-fuer-Nida-Ruemelin.html  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / archiv.sueddeutsche.de  
  15. Bruno Kreisky Prize for the Political Book 2018 to Julian Nida-Rümelin and Nathalie Weidenfeld . OTS report from January 1, 2019, accessed on January 1, 2019.
  16. Philosophy and way of life. Suhrkamp, ​​2009, p. 9.
  17. Philosophy and way of life. Suhrkamp, ​​2009, pp. 23-25
  18. https://www.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/lehreinheiten/philosophie_4/dokumente/jnr_gruende_lebnswlt.pdf
  19. Philosophy and way of life. Suhrkamp, ​​2009, pp. 83-88.
  20. Nida-Rümelin, J., Philosophy and Lifestyle , Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​2009.
  21. Humanist Reflections (= Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2180), Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-518-29780-3 . Pp. 256-269
  22. Structural Rationality. A Philosophical Essay on Practical Reason. Reclam, Stuttgart (UB 18150) p. 128
  23. (2002) Ethical Essays. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt (2001) p. 218
  24. Humanist Reflections (= Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2180), Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-518-29780-3 . Pp. 384-409
  25. Humanist Reflections (= Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2180), Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-518-29780-3 . P. 185
  26. Humanist Reflections (= Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2180), Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-518-29780-3 . Pp. 289-299
  27. Nida-Rümelin, J, “Moral Facts.” In Moral Realism? On the coherentist metaethics Julian Nida-Rümelins , ed. von von der Pfordten, Dietmar, 17–57. Münster: Mentis, 2015.
  28. Julian Nida-Rümelin. Calm realism. A philosophical pamphlet. Mentis Verlag, Münster 2018 ISBN 9783957431301
  29. Nida-Rümelin, J., About human freedom . Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005; Structural Rationality: A Philosophical Essay on Practical Reason . Stuttgart: Reclam, 2001; Responsibility . Stuttgart: Reclam, 2011.
  30. ^ Wittgenstein, On Certainty, Basil Blackwell, 1969.
  31. Strawson, P., Freedom and resentment and other essays. Routledge, 2008.
  32. ^ Church, A., The Undecidability of Predicate Logic, Journal of Symbolic Logic 1937; Gödel, K, “About formally undecidable propositions of Principia Mathematica and related systems I.” Monthly notebooks for mathematics and physics 38, no. 1 (1931): 173-198.
  33. Nida-Rümelin, J, Humanistische Reflexionen , Berlin: Suhrkamp, ​​2016.
  34. Julian Nidda-Rümelin: The Optimization Trap: Philosophy of a Human Economy. Irisiana, 2011.
  35. Julian Nida-Rümelin and Nathalie Weidenfeld. Digital humanism. An ethic for the age of artificial intelligence. Piper Verlag 2018. ISBN 978-3-492-05837-7
  36. ^ Organized by the North Rhine-Westphalia Science Center ; Prof. Nida-Rümelin's lecture is here: https://web.archive.org/web/20080323042133/http://www.wz.nrw.de:80/wz/veran/Neuro2004_17.htm and is available as Afterword with annotations in the Reclam book On Human Freedom , 2005, pp. 161-171, has been published.
  37. Cf. Wolfram Hogrebe: What is man? Who is man
  38. See the interview on his website ; and an interview with the weekly newspaper Die ZEIT on May 8, 2013
  39. See his website or there as well as the TAZ interview
  40. See interview with the FAS on September 1, 2013
  41. Cf. What is the truth about the “academization mania”?
  42. See interview with Andreas Schleicher , Vice Director of the OECD on Deutschlandfunk on September 3, 2013
  43. ^ Andrian Kreye : Philosophy of pure practice. Julian Nida-Rümelin's dual role as scholar and politician was controversial - Jürgen Habermas pays him Plato. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , 29./30. November 2014, No. 275, ISSN  0174-4917 , p. 21.
  44. Bruno Kreisky Prize for the Political Book Prize winners 1993-2018 , renner-institut.at, accessed December 1, 2019