The Idea of the University: History and Fate


  • Jürgen Mittelstrass



history of the university, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, Wilhelm von Humboldt, essence of education


The Idea of the University


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Author Biography

Jürgen Mittelstrass

Jürgen Mittelstrass (PhD in Philosophy in 1961, University of
Erlangen) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Constance
from 1970 until 2005, Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Science
from 1990 until 2005. Since 2015 Honorary Professor of Philosophy at
the University of Salzburg; 1985–1990 Member of the German Science
Council; 1995–1998 Member of the German Chancellor’s Council
for Research, Technology, and Innovation; 2005–2015 Chairman
of the Austrian Science Council (Vienna); 1997–1999 President of
the German Philosophical Association; 2002–2007 President of the
Academia Europaea (London); 1989 Leibniz Prize of the German
Research Society; 1998 Lorenz Oken Medal of the Society of German
Scientists and Physicians; 2012 Nicholas Rescher Prize for Systematic
Philosophy. Main research areas include: epistemology, history and
philosophy of science, philosophy of language. Recent publications
include: Die Haeuser des Wissens (1998), Wissen und Grenzen (2001);
Leibniz und Kant (2011), Die griechische Denkform (2014). He is also
editor of the Enzyklopaedie Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie, 4 vols.
(1980–1996), second edition 8 vols. (2005–2018).