Beethoven-Gymnasium, Bonn: Classics

University of Bonn: Gottfried Martin: Leibniz, Kant; Oskar Becker: symbolic logic, later Heidegger; Benno v. Wiese: Schiller

University of Munich: Ludwig Britzlmayr: Frege; Wolfgang Stegmüller: advanced logic, philosophy of science, Carnap, Quine

Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford: Michael Dummett: set theory, philosophy of logic, Frege, Brouwer, Wittgenstein; Gilbert Ryle: Russell, Wittgenstein; R. M. Hare: ethics



B.Phil., Oxford,        Dissertation: The Logic of “Good”



Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in Philosophy, University College London, 1963-1970

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1970-73

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, 1973-1980

Professor, UC Berkeley 1980-present

William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley, 2010-present


Other appointments:

Visiting Lecturer, UC Berkeley, 1967

Member of the Group in Logic and Methodology of Science, UC Berkeley, 1970-present

Visiting Gustav Bergmann and Ida Beam Professor, University of Iowa, Fall 1990

Visiting Catherine Chism Gould Professor of the Humanities, University of Puget Sound, Spring 1994

Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California at Riverside, 1996

Visiting Ernst-Cassirer-Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany, Spring 1998

Visiting Professor, University of Freiburg, Germany, Summer 2002

Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt, Germany, Summer 2004

Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2010


Administrative positions:

Chairman of Philosophy Department, 1981-84

Chairman of Humanities Area Council, 1982-84

Outside Chairman of German Department, June 1988-February 1989

Chairman of the Group in Logic and Methodology, 1989-90, 1994-96



Scholarship of the Deutsche Studienstiftung, 1957-63

Townsend Senior Fellowship, 1990-91

Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991-92

Humanities Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 1998-99

Humanities Research Fellowship 2004-05


Recent graduate seminars

 Fall 2004: Frege on Concept and Object

Spring 2006: The Genealogy of Morals in Nietzsche, Foucault, and Bernard Williams

Fall 2007: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (with Paolo Mancuso)

Fall 2008: Ancient Political Theory (with Anthony Long)

Spring 2010: Wittgenstein (at CUHK)

Spring 2011: Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Spring 2012: Philosophy of History

Spring 2014: Michel Foucault and the Surveillance State

Fall 2016: Hegel, The Philosophy of Right

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