Michael Neil Forster


Michael Neil Forster owes his reputation as a philosopher with a globally unique profile not least to his work on the connection between modern language philosophy and its Romantic roots in Herder’s writing. In his work, he combines the Anglo-American analytic philosophy approach with the continental approach, and is thus considered an important representative of those who examine the historical connections between these two schools of thought. His areas of specialisation include the philosophy of German idealism in Kant and Hegel, ranging all the way to the hermeneutics of Heidegger and Gadamer.
At the University of Bonn, Forster is to help develop the newly founded Internationales Zentrum für Philosophie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus raise the international profile of philosophy at Bonn.

Nominating University: University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Michael Neil Forster

born in 1957. He conducted a research stay at the University of Heidelberg from 1984 to 1985, and gained his doctorate in 1987 at Princeton, USA. He was an assistant professor from 1985-1990, then an associate professor. Later a full professor at the Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago, USA, and the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy and the College. Forster has received numerous awards and honours. Since April 2013 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bonn.