Dieter Thomä, born in 1959, began his career as a journalist with the Sender Freies Berlin, after graduating from the Henri-Nannen School of Journalism. He studied in Berlin and Freiburg/Breisgau and taught in Paderborn, Rostock, New York, Berlin and Essen. Dieter Thomä completed his dissertation in 1989, and his habilitation in 1997. In 1996, he won the Prize for Essayism at the international Joseph-Roth competition in Klagenfurt, Austria. Since 2000, he has been professor of philosophy at the University of St. Gallen, and from 2002-2005 dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. From 2002-2008, he was on the editorial board of the "Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie" and responsible for book reviews. Since 2003, he is co-editor of the "Reihe zur Einführung", Junius Verlag, Germany. Furthermore, Dieter Thomä was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2002-2003), at the Max Weber Center in Erfurt (2007-2008), and at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (2009-2010). His research interests are in social philosophy, ethics, cultural philosophy, political philosophy, and phenomenology. In all of these endeavors, he is guided by the Socratic question of "how to live".
For a complete list of Dieter Thomä's publications see the German version of this site.