Ferdinand Fellmann

Professor of Philosophy


I. Philosophical Questions 
My research implies a view of philosophy that diverges from the classical paradigm of philosophia perennis. To prevent philosophy from losing its significance, I believe it is imperative to formulate new questions corresponding to the ways of living in and thinking about the modern world. In Philosophical Signposts (Alber Verlag, 2010), I reformulated Kant’s canonical philosophical questions. My contribution in this book can be accessed in the link below.

Questions about Questions
II. Human Essence
In addition to its purely objective character, my philosophical anthropology also has a social-critical dimension, which I do not want to conceal. I see human biological and cultural development as an indication of the society in which we want to live. I am of the opinion that despite individualization the couple still forms a core component of human existence. See the following manifesto in the link below.

The Couple

III. Philosophy of Life
Our human life-world cannot be easily described as a “world of reasons,” as is common in neo-Kantian rationalism. Belonging to life are abysses that cannot be bridged with epistemic justification. This does not turn the philosophy of life into irrational speculation, but into a special way of thinking; it achieves an exceptional position among the philosophical disciplines, which is defined in the following programmatic text.

Philosophy of Life as science of reflection