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hartmut von sass

 

 

 

Professor for Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion &

Heisenberg Scholar at Humboldt-University Berlin, Faculty of Theology

 

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION 

 

  • (Doctrine of God; Soteriology; Eschatology; Harmatiology; Trinitarian Theology; Theology of Culture; Political Theology; Theological Anthropology; Secularisation, Unbelief, and Atheism)

  • Philosophy of Religion (Post/Analytic Tradition, esp. Heidegger and Wittgenstein; Non/Existence of God; Theology of Prayer and Hope; Faith and Emotions)

  • (methodological issues in ethics; metaethics; ethics, literature, and film; virtue ethics; animals ethics; theories of pacifism)

 

 

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

 

  • Philosophy of Language (Wittgenstein and Ordinary Language Philosophy, Semantics, Indexicals, Theories of Metaphors)

  • Philosophy of Science (Constructivism, Theories of Relativism, Realism, Hermeneutics of Comparison)

  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology (theories of interpretation, ‘radical’ hermeneutics, philosophy and theology of the event)

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Dr. theol. habil., University of Zurich                                                                                                         2009 to 2012

 

Theological Habilitation in Dogmatics with the thesis, Gott als Ereignis des Seins (God as Being’s Event). With highest distinction.

 

 

Dr. theol., University of Zurich                                                                                                       2006 to 2009

 

Dissertation in Systematic Theology / Philosophy of Religion with the thesis, Sprachspiele des Glaubens (Language-Games of Faith). Summa cum laude.

 

 

M.A. phil., Humboldt University Berlin                                                                                                         2001 to 2006

 

Thesis: “Skepsis und Glaube. Eine analytische Untersuchung zur Religionsphilosophie von David Hume” (supervisor, Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Volker Gerhardt). With highest distinction.

 

Dipl. theol., Humboldt University Berlin                                                                                                          1999 to 2005

 

Thesis: “Entmythologisierung als Aufgabe der Theologie? Das Programm Rudolf Bultmanns in systematischer Perspektive” (supervisor, Prof. Dr. Johannes Zachhuber, now Oxford, Trinity College). With highest distinction.

 

Studies in Theology and Philosophy, Humboldt and Free University Berlin                                                                                           2000 to 2006

 

Studies in Theology and Philosophy, University of Edinburgh                                                                                                 2003

 

Studies in Theology and Logic, University of Goettingen                                                                                   1998 to 2000

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

Heisenberg Scholar and Professor                                                              

 

Funded by the German Research Council

Humboldt-University Berlin, Faculty of Theology                2020 to date

 

Deputy Director, Collegium Helveticum                                                     

An Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Advanced Studies

ETH & University of Zurich & Zurich School of Arts           2015 to 2019

 

Leader, Ludwik-Fleck-Center for Philosophy of Science                         

ETH & University of Zurich & & Zurich School of Arts       2015 to 2019

 

 

Associate Professor, University of Zurich                                                  

Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion                  2013 to date

 

Professor (fixed term), Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel                 Theological Ethics                                                                        2013 to 2014

 

Associate Fellow, Collegium Helveticum

                                                                                                        2010 to 2015

 

Senior Assistant to the Chair, University of Zurich                                   

Systematic Theology, Symbolics, and Philosophy of Religion

Prof. Ingolf U. Dalferth, Chair                                                   2006 to 2013

 

 

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

 

Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley

Philosophy Department                                               January to June 2018

 

Visiting Scholar, Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, California, USA                                        July to November 2014

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Trinity College                                                               January to June 2012

 

Visiting Scholar, School of Religion

Graduate University, California, USA                         January to July 2009

      

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (a very small selection)

 

  • Member, various Faculty committees, including for promotions

  • Member, Governing Board,

  • Representive, Collegium at university networks:

  • Member, Selection Committee, EURIAS Program

  • Representive, Collegium Curatorium:

  • Head, Governing Board, Ludwik Fleck Center for Philosophy of Science

 

 

AWARDS, PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS

 

  • Scholar of the Protestant Council, Villigst e.V. (2000 to 2005)

  • Accepted as Doctoral Student at Trinity College, University Oxford (declined for the assistentship at the University of Zurich) (2006)

  • Annual Award of the University of Zurich, Faculty of Theology (2010, 2012)

  • Elected to serve as Associate Fellow at , Zurich (2010)

  • Research Grant for PostDocs, University of Zurich (2012)

  • Research Grant for Advanced Scholars, Swiss National Foundation (2018)

  • Heisenberg Research Professorship, German Research Council (2019)

 

                                                                           

FUNDING ACQUIRED

 

  • Conference (with I.U. Dalferth): Contemplative Philosophy of Religion. The Legacy of Dewi Z. Phillips (Zurich, September 26 and 27 2008 – Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie) [SNF: 11.000 CHF].

  • Conference & print funding (with A. Brandl and A. Mauz): Hermeneutik des Vergleichs (Zurich, November 14 /15 and 28 / 29 2008 – Zürcher Kompetenzzentrum Hermeneutik) [SNF: 7.000 CHF].

  • Conference & print funding: Stille Tropen. Zur Rhetorik und Grammatik des Schweigens (Zürich 16. und 17. Juni 2011 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) [Collegium Helveticum: 6.000 CHF].

  • Conference & print funding: . Zu einer Grundfigur christlichen Glaubens (Zurich, November 4 and 5 2011 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) [Collegium Helveticum: 6.000 CHF].

  • Conference (with E. Hall): Groundless Gods. The Theological Prospects of Post-Metaphysical Thought [German Society for Philosophy of Religion: 1000 CHF; Lang-Endowment: 2.000 CHF].

  • Research Fellowship: University of Oxford, Trinity College [postdoc scholarship, Unversity of Zurich: 31.000 CHF].

  • Conference (with J. Zachhuber): Forgetting. A neglected dimension of human existence (Oxford, Juni 18 and 19 2012 – Trinity College, Oxford) [Fell Fund: 5.000 pounds].

  • Conference & printing financial support (with S. Berg): Spielzüge. Zur Dialektik des Spiels (Zurich, November 2 and 3 2012 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) [Collegium Helveticum: 6.000 CHF].

  • Conference (with P. Bühler, S. Berg and A. Hunziker): Anfechtung. Versuch der Entmarginalisierung eines Klassikers (Zurich, Mai 31 and  Juni 1 2013 – Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie) [SNF: 6.000 CHF].

  • Conference & print funding (with S. Berg): Regress und Zirkel. Figuren prinzipieller Unabschliessbarkeit: Architektur – Dynamik – Problematik (Zurich, November 22 and 23 2013 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) [Collegium Helveticum: 6.000 CHF].

  • Research project (with S. Hotz, P. Rüesch, D. Schöbi, A. Wittwer): The winner takes it all? Neuroenhancement und moralische Dilemmata (affiliated to the Collegium Helveticum Zürich) [SNF and Mercator Switzerland: 480.000 CHF].

  • Conference (with L. Ratschow): Anfechtungen Gottes. Wandlungen des Gottesbildes im Hiobbuch. Exegetische und Systematische Perspektiven (Leipzig, April 9 and 10 2015) [DFG: 11.800 Euros].

  • Conference (with R. Amesbury and Chr. Ammann): Doing Ethics in the Light of Wittgenstein. A Symposion (Zurich, April 10 and 11 2016) [SNF: 12.000 CHF].

  • Conference (with Martin Treml and Herbert Kopp): (a cooperation with the Berliner Zentrum für Kultur- und Literaturforschung) (Zurich, October 20 and 21 2017) [SNF: 5.000 CHF].

  • Research grant[SNF: 22.500 CHF].

  • Heisenberg grant. German Research Council. [DFG: 660.800 Euros].

 

 

CONFERENCES, PROJECTS, AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED

 

  • Contemplative Philosophy of Religion. The Legacy of Dewi Z. Phillips (Zurich, September 26 and 27 2008 – Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie) (with I.U. Dalferth).

  • Hermeneutik des Vergleichs (Zurich, November 14/15 and 28/29 2008 – Zürcher Kompetenzzentrum Hermeneutik) (with A. Brandl and A. Mauz).

  • Stille Tropen. Zur Rhetorik und Grammatik des Schweigens (Zurich, June 16 and 17 2011 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich).

  • Wahrhaft Neues. Zu einer Grundfigur christlichen Glaubens (Zurich, November 4 and 5 2011 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich).

  • ‘Virtual’ Conference: Groundless Gods. The Theological Prospects of Post-Metaphysical Thought (with E.E. Hall).

  • Forgetting. A neglected dimension of human existence (Oxford, June 18 and 19 2012 – Trinity College, Oxford) (with Joh. Zachhuber).

  • Spielzüge. Zur Dialektik des Spiels (Zurich, November 2 and 3 2012 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) (with S. Berg).

  • Anfechtung. Versuch der Entmarginalisierung eines Klassikers (Zurich, May 31 and June 1 2013 – Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie) (with P. Bühler, S. Berg and A. Hunziker).

  • Regress und Zirkel. Figuren prinzipieller Unabschliessbarkeit: Architektur – Dynamik – Problematik (Zurich, November 22 and 23 2013 – Collegium Helveticum Zürich) (with S. Berg).

  • Interdisciplinary research project (with S. Hotz, P. Rüesch, D. Schöbi, A. Wittwer): The winner takes it all? Neuroenhancement and Moral Dilemmata“ (affiliated to the Collegium Helveticum Zurich) (SNF and Mercator).

  • Die Anfechtung Gottes. Wandlungen des Gottesbildes im Hiobbuch. Exegetische und Systematische Perspektiven (Leipzig, May 8 and 9 2015) (with L. Ratschow).

  • Politics of Pacifism: Commandment – Ideal – Impossibility? Theological Contributions to Peace Ethics (Zurich, November 13 and 14 2015).

  • Doing Ethics in the Light of Wittgenstein. A Symposion (Zurich, April 22 and 23 2016) (with R. Amesbury and Chr. Ammann).

  • : Was heisst: wirklich sein? (workshops at the Ludwik-Fleck-Zentrum 2015/16. Fleck-Lecture am 7. Oktober and three Fleck-workshop, Collegium Helveticum Zürich).

  • The Many Faces of Panentheism. Reinforcing the Dialog between Science and Religion (Zurich, Juni 3 and 4 2016) (with H. Atmanspacher).

  • Not only between, but even beyond. Or: transdisciplinarity – eine Bestandsaufnahme (opening of the new fellow period 2016-2020. November 25 and 26 2016, Collegium Helveticum Zürich) (with Th. Hengartner).

  • Unsichtbare Begleitung. An- und Aussichten der Perspektive (workshops at the Ludwik-Fleck-Zentrum 2016/17, Collegium Helveticum Zürich).

  • Thirty Years After: Jacob Taubes between Politcs, Philosophy, and Religion (Zurich October 20 and 21 2017, Collegium Helveticum Zürich) (with M. Treml and H. Kopp).

  • Experimentieren. Zur Praxis wissenschaftlichen Forschens (workshops at the Ludwik-Fleck-Zentrum 2017/18, Collegium Helveticum Zürich).

  • International Workshop: Embodied Knowledge – revisited (20. / 21. September 2018, Zentrum für Geschichte des Wissens and Collegium Helveticum Zürich) (with Sophie Witt).

  • : What is a Revolution? (April 2019, Ludwik Fleck Center for Philosophy of Science).

  • On Thoughtfulness (November 2019, Ludwik Fleck Center for Philosophy of Science) (with Chr. Abbt and D. Schoeller).