Safranski grew up under the formative influence of his pietistic grandmother. His parents were non-denominational , but, since they were mostly absent due to work, they formed such a small counterbalance that Safranski wanted to study theology after attending the humanistic high school in Rottweil . However, after the diaconal six months previously completed , he decided against it. Instead, from 1965 he studied philosophy (among others with Theodor W. Adorno ), German , history and art history at the universities of Frankfurt am Main and Berlin . In 1970 he was one of the founding members of the Maoist- oriented Communist Party of Germany / structural organization (KPD / AO). From 1972 to 1977 he worked at the Free University of Berlin as a research assistant in the department of German studies and received his doctorate in 1976 with the thesis Studies on the Development of Workers' Literature in the Federal Republic .
From 1977 Safranski worked as co-editor and editor of the Berliner Hefte . From 1977 to 1982 he worked as a lecturer in adult education and in 1987 settled in Berlin as a freelance writer . He was best known for his monographs on Friedrich Schiller , ETA Hoffmann , Arthur Schopenhauer , Friedrich Nietzsche , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Martin Heidegger . He has been a member of the PEN Center Germany since 1994 and of the German Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt since 2001 . From 2002 to 2012 he hosted the Philosophical Quartet on ZDF together with Peter Sloterdijk . The Academic Senate of the Free University of Berlin appointed Rüdiger Safranski as honorary professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities in the summer of 2012 .
From September 2012 to May 2014, Safranski took part in the Swiss TV program Literaturclub , hosted by Stefan Zweifel , together with Elke Heidenreich and Hildegard Elisabeth Keller . 2015 he was invited to the speech at the opening of the Salzburg Festival to keep.
At the end of 2015, Safranski distanced himself from German refugee policy and, in particular, from the “ welcoming culture ” that was “only fun for a while”. He spoke of "soon several million" refugees and explained that the next wave of refugees from Afghanistan is already coming. He told the world : "Politicians have made the decision to flood Germany". The publicist Georg Seeßlen accused him - and the like-minded Peter Sloterdijk - of taking up an anti-modern discourse on the political right and contributing to the fact that a rational discussion was no longer possible. Sexually interpretable metaphors within the discussion about refugees, for example that of the “flood”, have been adequately analyzed and Safranski cannot be assumed to be ignorant.
In 2005, Rüdiger Safranski and his longtime partner Gisela Nicklaus married. He has lived in Badenweiler since 2009 .
- Studies on the development of workers' literature in the Federal Republic. Berlin 1977, (Dissertation FU Berlin, Department 16 - German Studies, 1976, 307 pages).
- ETA Hoffmann. The life of a skeptical fantasist. Hanser, Munich et al. 1984, ISBN 3-446-13822-6 .
- Schopenhauer and the wild years of philosophy. A biography. 2nd edition. Hanser, Munich et al. 1988, ISBN 3-446-14490-0 .
- How much truth does a person need? About the thinkable and the livable. Hanser, Munich et al. 1990, ISBN 3-446-16045-0 .
- A master from Germany. Heidegger and his time. Hanser, Munich et al. 1994, ISBN 3-446-17874-0 .
- Evil or The Drama of Freedom. Hanser, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-446-18767-7 .
- Friedrich Nietzsche. Biography of his thinking. Hanser, Munich et al. 2000, ISBN 3-446-19938-1 .
- How much globalization can humans take? Hanser, Munich et al. 2003, ISBN 3-446-20261-7 .
Schiller or the invention of German idealism . Hanser, Munich et al. 2004, ISBN 3-446-20548-9 .
- as an audio book (shortened author's reading) with Rüdiger Safranski as speaker. Random House Audio, Munich 2013.
- Schiller as a Philosopher - An Anthology. wjs-Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-937989-08-0 .
- Romance. A German affair. Hanser, Munich et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-446-20944-2 .
- Goethe and Schiller. Story of a friendship. Hanser, Munich et al. 2009, ISBN 978-3-446-23326-3 .
- Goethe. Artwork of life. Biography. Hanser, Munich. 2013. ISBN 978-3-446-23581-6 ; Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 2015, ISBN 978-3-596-19838-2 . ( No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from September 9th to 29th, 2013 )
- Time, what it does to us and what we make of it. Hanser, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-446-23653-0 .
The way out of the fortress. Reflection on the text of the cantata He calls his sheep by the name of Johann Sebastian Bach . JS Bach Foundation , 2015.
- on DVD: Johann Sebastian Bach: He calls his sheep by name. Cantata BWV 175. Mirjam Berli (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (alto), Georg Poplutz (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass), choir and orchestra of the JS Bach Foundation, Rudolf Lutz (conductor). Including an introductory workshop and reflection by Rüdiger Safranski. Gallus Media, 2016.
- Holderlin. Come over! open, friend! Biography, Hanser, Munich 2019, ISBN 978-3-446-26408-3 .
- Peter Voss: "Are we Germans hopeless romantics, Mr. Safranski?" Interview on 3sat, October 12, 2007, audio version on SWR2, October 20, 2007
- Max Lorenzen: Philosophy makes the world spacious. Conversation with Rüdiger Safranski ( Memento from November 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) , Marburg Forum, November 4, 2013
- Judith Hecht: Safranski: “I don't want political Islam with us.” Interview in: Die Presse , March 20, 2016
- René Scheu: Safranski: “The fear of political Islam is there, but you sing loudly in the forest.” Interview in: NZZ , May 6, 2017
- Joachim Scholl: Rolf Peter Sieferle and his "Finis Germania" - a "negligent and hysterical" debate. Interview in: Deutschlandfunk Kultur , June 25, 2017
- Sebastian Hammelehle: "There is no obligation to be stranger-friendly". SPIEGEL interview with the philosopher Rüdiger Safranski on the question of whether right and left can still talk to each other. In: Der Spiegel. 12/2018 of March 17, 2018, pp. 116-119; Summary: Safranski laments "inflationary chatter of Islamophobia" in: WELT, March 17, 2018.
- Rüdiger Safranski: "Classics! A conversation about literature and life with Michael Krüger and Martin Meyer". Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2019.
- 1995: Friedrich Märker Prize for essayists
- 1996: Wilhelm Heinse Medal of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature
- 1998: Ernst Robert Curtius Prize for essay writing
- 2000: Friedrich Nietzsche Prize of the State of Saxony-Anhalt
- 2003: Premio Internazionale Federico Nietzsche of the Italian Nietzsche Society
- 2005: Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair in the category of non-fiction / essay writing for Schiller or The Invention of German Idealism
- 2006: Friedrich Hölderlin Prize of the City of Bad Homburg ; World Literature Prize
- 2009: Corine - International Book Prize , Honorary Prize of the Bavarian Prime Minister for his life's work
- 2009: Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2010: Pipe Smoker of the Year , Tobacco Industry Honorary Award
- 2010: Paul Watzlawick Ring of Honor
- 2011: Upper Swabian Art Prize
- 2011: Allgäu Prize for Philosophy
- 2013: Star of the year of the Munich evening newspaper in the category "Non-fiction"
- 2014: Prize from the Josef Pieper Foundation
- 2014: Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
- 2014: Thomas Mann Prize
- 2017: Ludwig Börne Prize
- 2017: ETA Hoffmann Medal from the ETA Hoffmann Society
- 2018: German National Prize
- Literature by and about Rüdiger Safranski in the catalog of the German National Library
- Rüdiger Safranski at Munzinger.
- Rüdiger Safranski: God is not dead. In: Cicero , April 28, 2004.
- Cees Nooteboom : Master of German Topics - The laudation on the occasion of the award of the WELT Literature Prize to Rüdiger Safranski. In: Die Welt from November 11, 2006.
- Acceptance speech by Rüdiger Safranski. In: Die Welt , November 11, 2006.
- Audio recordings: Rüdiger Safranski reads from various works on Lesungen.net
- Rüdiger Safranski, writer, in conversation with Joachim Scholl. DLF (Deutschlandfunk) "nuances". Music and personal questions from November 22, 2015
- Safranski's “Reflection” on JS Bach's cantata He calls his sheep by name , in the JS Bach Foundation's YouTube channel , accessed on June 4, 2017.
- Interview ( page no longer available , search in web archives: maneuvered into freedom ). In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 11, 2016.
- Peter Schneider : Rebellion and madness. My '68. Cologne 2008, p. 334 f.
- Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski has been appointed honorary professor in the department .
- Salzburg Festival: Rüdiger Safranski gives the opening speech. In: derstandard.at , March 4, 2015, accessed on July 18, 2015.
- Martin Helg: Rüdiger Safranski: "The Germans are in puberty." In: NZZ on Sunday , November 8, 2015, accessed on February 2, 2016
- Matthias Matussek: "Flood Germany? I would like to be asked". In: welt.de . September 28, 2015, accessed March 17, 2016 .
- Benjamin Moldenhauer: Discourse on the AfD: "Semi-Fascist Swamp". In: Spiegel Online . March 17, 2016, accessed March 17, 2016 .
- "A place with charm" . Interview with the writer Rüdiger Safranski, a new citizen of Badenweiler. In: Badische Zeitung , January 4, 2010, accessed March 7, 2011.
- Review by Micha Brumlik , in Die Zeit , The violence of freedom , on September 19, 1997 .
- Review: Ijoma Mangold , in the Berliner Zeitung , August 18, 2000.
- Review: Manfred Koch in NZZ , September 25, 2004.
- Product information. Website of the JS Bach Foundation, accessed on May 16, 2016.
- Paul Watzlawick Ring of Honor . Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- Star of the year 2013 non-fiction book: Rüdiger Safranski. In: Abendzeitung , December 26, 2013.
- Christoph Hägele: Rüdiger Safranski thinks about time in Hallstadt. His reading at the gates of Bamberg was almost a home game for the ETA Hoffmann biographer Rüdiger Safranski. In: infranken.de , February 17, 2017, accessed on February 17, 2017.
- German National Prize for Rüdiger Safranski , Deutschlandfunk Kultur, March 15, 2018, accessed June 19, 2018
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 1, 1945|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rottweil|