Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart

Holger Burckhart received his doctoral degree at the University of Cologne in 1985. He finished his habilitation in 1997 with his work on Diskursethik - Diskursanthropologie - Diskurspädagogik. Since October 2009 he has been rector of the University of Siegen. Since 2007 he has been a board member, and since May 2008 chairman, of the accreditation agency AQAS. His special interest of research in practical philsophy lies in general philosophy of science, transcendental philosophy, philosophy of language and the philosophical basis of educational theory concerning special educational issues. Holger Burckhart is a board member of the Hans Jonas-Zentrum in Berlin and co-editor of the Kritische Hans Jonas Werkausgabe. As a guest lecturer, he has visited the University of Bergen in Norway, as well as various Japanese (Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka) and Chinese (Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai, Hong Kong) universities.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bongardt

Michael Bongardt, born 1959, philosopher and catholic theologian. He was Professor and member of the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin from 2000-2016. Since April 2016 he is Professor and vice rector at the University of Siegen. His research focus concerns the periphery of philosophy, theology and social science including the works of S. Kierkegaard, E. Cassirer, H. Jonas and J. Habermas. He is one of the editors of the complete critical edition of Hans Jonas’ works (13 volumes).


PD Dr. Jürgen Nielsen-Sikora

Jürgen Nielsen-Sikora studied philosophy, pedagogy, history and psychology at University of Cologne and the Freie Universität Berlin and graduated in 1999. In 2002, he received his doctoral degree in philosophy under Holger Burckhart. He had a postgraduate scholarship from the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (2000-2002) and was research assistant at University of Cologne at the department for Didactics of History and History of European Integration (2000-2003), where he became academic council in 2009.  Since he had finished his habilitation at University of Hildesheim under Michael Gehler in 2011, he has been private lecturer there. In 2012, he switched to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In the central department Research Section/Archive for Christian Democratic Politics, he led the department for contemporary history. In December 2014, he changed to the University of Siegen and is responsible for the Hans Jonas institute, which is situated there. Nielsen-Sikora received multiple awards from the Young Academy of the Academy of Sciences Berlin-Brandenburg as well as from the Salzburg University Weeks.

Petr Frantik

Petr Frantik graduated in special education at the University of Cologne in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked as a teacher for children with learning difficulties. Additionally, he conceptualised and implemented a program at some selected special needs schools to help graduates to manage their apprenticeship (2007-2009). Since 2009, he teaches at the University of Cologne. His main topics are intercultural education and ethics in rehabilitation sciences. In 2013 he worked as an academic assistant in the research project Die Gelingensbedinungen von inklusivem Unterricht/ The Conditions of successful inclusive Education (University of Cologne & TU Dresden). In his dissertation (work in progress) he examines teaching methods for the development of ethical reasoning and intercultural competences of schoolchildren.


Prof. Dr. John-Stewart Gordon

John-Stewart Gordon, MA in philosophy and history from the University of Konstanz (2001) and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Göttingen (2005), Germany. He is full professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. From 2010-2016, he was Co-director of the Hans Jonas-Institute at the University of Siegen, Germany. Furthermore, he is member of the board of Bioethics since 2007 and has been area-editor and board member of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2007-2014). He had written and edited several books in the context of practical philosophy and published peer-reviewed articles and special issues at international leading journals and encyclopaedias including Bioethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, Ethical Perspectives, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Oxford Bibliographies Online Philosophy. He taught philosophy and bioethics at the University of Tübingen (Germany), Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), Duisburg-Essen University (Germany), Queen's University in Kingston (Canada), Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) and the University of Cologne (Germany).


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