Klaus Peter Rippe

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Klaus Peter Rippe (* 1959 in Kassel ) is a German philosopher and university professor.

Klaus Peter Rippe


Rippe grew up in the north Hessian village of Helsa , where his parents ran a mom and pop shop. He studied philosophy, history and ethnology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen . After receiving his doctorate in 1989 with a thesis on the topic of "Limits and Validity of Ethical Relativism", he was a research assistant at the universities of Saarbrücken , Mainz and Zurich . He completed his habilitation in 2002 at the University of Zurich. He then worked in Switzerland for a consultancy that prepared ethical reports. In 2008 he accepted a professorship for practical philosophy at the Karlsruhe University of Education . He continues to live in Zurich with his wife.

Klaus Peter Rippe is a member of the " European Academy of Sciences and Arts ". Since 2015 he has been President of the “ Federal Ethics Commission for Biotechnology in the Extra-Human Sector ”. He already held this office from 2000–2011. During his term of office in 2008 he was awarded the Peace Ig Nobel Prize to the Commission for its report "Dignity of Creatures in Plants - The moral consideration of plants for their own sake"

In 2016 he was elected rector of the Karlsruhe University of Education.

Research priorities

Rippe deals with questions of applied ethics and publishes in particular on topics of animal , economic and risk ethics .

Publications (selection)


  • Risk and uncertainty in the disposal of radioactive materials . vdf Hochschulverlag, Zurich 2016, ISBN 978-3-7281-3750-0
  • Ethics in business . mentis Verlag, Paderborn 2010, ISBN 978-3-89785-686-8
  • Ethics in the non-human area . mentis Verlag, Paderborn 2008, ISBN 978-3-89785-659-2
  • Patent genes. An ethical analysis (together with Norbert Anwander, Andreas Bachmann, Peter Schaber). mentis Verlag, Paderborn 2002, ISBN 978-3-89785-272-3
  • Human dignity vs. Dignity of the creature. Explanation of terms, genetic engineering, ethics committees (together with Philipp Balzer, Peter Schaber). Alber, Freiburg 1998. Second unchanged edition 1999, ISBN 978-3-495-47891-2
  • Ethical Relativism: Its Limits, Its Validity . Schöningh, Paderborn 1993, ISBN 978-3-89785-021-7


  • Animal, human. Contributions to animal philosophy and animal ethics (Ed. Together with Urs Thurnherr). Harald Fischer Verlag, Erlangen 2013, ISBN 978-3-89131-531-6
  • Ethics without dogmas. Articles for Günther Patzig (together with Achim Stephan). Mentis Verlag, 2001 Paderborn, ISBN 978-3-89785-195-5
  • Philosophy and Sex (together with Philipp Balzer). Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, Munich 2000, ISBN 978-3-423-30728-4
  • Applied ethics in the pluralistic society . Freiburg University Press, Friborg 1999, ISBN 978-3-7278-1175-3
  • Virtue ethics (Ed. Together with Peter Schaber). Reclam, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 978-3-15-009740-3 , Reclam UB 9740.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Sunday , July 16, 2017, p. 3.
  2. Short biography
  3. ^ Karlsruhe University of Education: Complete new management at the Karlsruhe University of Education. Retrieved May 5, 2017 .
  4. Entria