Udo Thiel

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Udo Thiel (* 1954 ) is a German philosopher .


Udo Thiel studied philosophy, modern German studies and general linguistics in Marburg , Oxford and Bonn , where he received his doctorate in 1982 under Hans Wagner . He then taught at the University of Sydney from 1985 to 1991 . He has been working at the Australian National University since 1992 . Research stays took him to the Humboldt University of Berlin , the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University .

In 2009 Thiel was appointed professor for the history of philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Graz . From 2015 to 2017 he was head of the Institute for Philosophy. He retired in October 2019.


Thiel is mainly concerned with the history of philosophy. He is particularly interested in the philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries. Thiel is considered an expert on John Locke's philosophy .


  • 1983: Locke's theory of personal identity
  • 1990: John Locke. With testimonials and photo documents.
  • 1997: John Locke: Essay on the Human Mind (Editor)
  • 2001: Philosophical Writings of Thomas Cooper (Editor)
  • 2011: The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume

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