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8 February 2001

New Hans-Georg Gadamer Chair of Humanities at the University of Heidelberg

First incumbent Karl-Heinz Bohrer as of June 2001 — Chair at the Department of Philosophy in honour of the renowned contemporary philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, who celebrates his 101st birthday on 11 February 2001

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg has established a new Chair of Humanities in honour of Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Gadamer, who celebrates his 101st birthday on 11 February 2001. Gadamer is one of the most prominent contemporary philosophers and has taught in Heidelberg since 1949. As of the summer semester 2001 there will be a new Chair of Humanities named after Hans-Georg Gadamer at the Department of Philosophy, initially for a period of three years. The Chair has been made possible by generous funding from the Awards Fund of Deutsche Bank, the Higher Education Ministry of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Heidelberg.

Every summer semester an internationally renowned figure from the arts and humanities will be present in Heidelberg for a series of lectures. The first incumbent as of June 2001 will be Karl-Heinz Bohrer (Bielefeld/Paris), a prominent representative of literary studies a combative figure among the intellectuals of the Federal Republic. As editor of the periodical "Merkur" he has made a name for himself as a committed observer of the times we live in. In Heidelberg he will be expounding his views on various contemporary aesthetic and cultural issues.

In the framework of the new chair there will be a large-scale symposium every winter semester on the status of philosophical hermeneutics in the present age. The focus will be on fundamental issues in political theory, aesthetics and metaphysics. An initial conference on "Liberalism and Institutions" is scheduled to take place 17-18 February 2001.

The new Chair is a further token of the great tradition of scholarly excellence in the arts and humanities at the University of Heidelberg, a tradition prominently associated with the name of Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Please address any inquiries to:
Dr. Guido Kreis
Philosophisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg
Phone: 06221/543522, fax: 542278

A laudatio (in German) on the occasion of Hans-Georg Gadamer's 101st birthday is also available from the above address (Prof. Dr. Jens Halfwassen: "Gadamer und die Aktualität der Griechen").

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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