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Markus Gabriel

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Markus Gabriel born 1980 studied philosophy, ancient philology, German literature and philology in Hagen, Bonn and Heidelberg. In Heidelberg he finished his Ph.D. under the supervision of Jens Halfwassen and wrote a thesis on Schelling’s later philosophy. In 2005 he was a visiting scholar at the university of Lisbon. From 2006-2008 he worked as lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. In 2008 he finished his habilitation with a work on scepticism and idealism in ancient philosophy. From 2008-2009 he was assistant professor at the department of philosophy of the New School for Social Research, New York. Since 2009 Gabriel is a full professor in epistemology, modern and contemporary philosophy at the University of Bonn.
Gabriel is considered to be part of the contemporary philosophical movement called “New Realism” or “speculative Realism.” In his own approach Gabriel argues that there is no all-encompassing totality: that the world, in the traditional sense of a domain of all domains, cannot exist. Yet, he convincingly shows that this does not entail ontological nihilism. Rather, he argues that the non-existence of the world entails an infinity of domains and shows that this motivates a general realism. This ontology hinges on Gabriel's concept of fields of sense, which shows that, fundamentally, he opposes the idea that mathematics or the natural sciences could ever replace a richer philosophical understanding of what there is and how we know about it.
Gabriel is also known for collaboration with Slavoj Žižek with whom he published the book »Mythology, Madness, and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism«. His most recent works include »Fields of Sense. A New Realist Ontology« (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh 2015),  »Warum es die Welt nicht gibt« (Ullstein, Berlin 2013) [»Why the world does not exist«, Cambridge: Polity Press 2015], »Die Erkenntnis der Welt. Eine Einführung in die Erkenntnistheorie« (Freiburg/München: Karl Alber 2012; 4th edition 2014) [Introduction to Epistemology], »Transcendental  Ontology.  Essays  in  German  Idealism« (New York/London: Continuum 2011; Paperback: New York: Bloomsbury 2013).
His interests lie in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, Post-Kantian continental philosophy, metaphysics, and epistemology.


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