Krzysztof Michalski

Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Warsaw

Interests: Continental Philosophy of the XIX and XX centuries; Director of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. (Fall semesters)

Curriculum Vitae

Krzysztof Michalski graduated in 1974 with a dissertation on Heidegger (Heidegger i Filozofia Wspolczena, Warsaw 1978; second edition 1998; Russian translation 2010). In 1977, he translated and edited a selection of Heidegger¹s essays in Polish Budowac, Mieszkac, Myslec (Building, Dwelling, Thinking) and translated and edited a volume of Gadamer¹s works: Rozum, Slowo, Dzieje (Reason, Word, Event , 1979).

He moved to Germany in 1977 as a Humboldt Fellow. During his stay, he joined an international team working on Logic and Time at the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Heidelberg; with K. Maurin and E. Rudolph he edited and published its results (Logik und Zeit Heidelberg 1981). In 1978, he returned to Poland to teach philosophy at the University of Warsaw.

Dr. Michalski co-chaired (with Hans-Georg Gadamer and Gottfried Boehm) post-graduate courses at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik on Hermeneutics and the Arts (1981-82); worked as Fellow Commoner of Churchill College in England (1982-83); as a Thyssen Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, and as Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (1984-85). In 1983, he assumed his present position of Rector of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna.

In 1986, Michalski was appointed Visiting Professor and in 1990 Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. In 1995 he was elected chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Public Affairs (Instytut Spraw Publicznych), Warsaw.

In 1986, he was habilitated in Philosophy at the University of Warsaw and became Professor at this university. His second book Logika i Czas (Logic and Time), an analysis of Husserl¹s theory of sense, was published in 1988 in Warsaw; in 1996 in English Logic and Time. An Essay on Husserl¹s Theory of Meaning (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston) and in 2010 in Russian. He is the editor of the bi-annual journal Transit Europäische Revue published by Verlag Neue Kritik, Frankfurt/M., and of the series Castelgandolfo-Gespräche, published by Klett-Cotta in Stuttgart.

2003-2004 he was the Chairman of the Reflection Group advising the President of the European Commission on the ³The Spiritual and Cultural Dimension of Europe²; he edited the result of this work in “Conditions of European Solidarity”, Central European University Press, 2006 (Vol. I: What Holds Europe Together?, Vol. II: Religion in the New Europe).

In 2007 he published a book on Nietzsche (“Plomien wiecznosci”, ZNAK Publishers; US edition: “The Flame of Eternity”, Princeton 2011). In 2010 a book “Zrozumiec przemijanie” (“To Understand Time”), KRONOS Publishers.

In 2004 he was awarded the 39th Theodor Heuss Prize. The ceremony took place in the presence of the German Federal President Johannes Rau and former President Richard von Weizsäcker. The laudation was held by the former Prime Minister of Saxony and Professor of Law, Kurt Biedenkopf. Previous laureates include Ralf Dahrendorf, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Günther Grass, Juergen Habermas, Vaclav Havel, Helmut Schmidt, and Carl-Friedrich von Weizsaecker.

Excerpt from the Jury statement: “Since the 1980s, the Polish philosopher Krzysztof Michalski has played an important role in the deepening of the political and cultural dialogue between East and West. Before 1989 he contributed to the liberation from Communism, and in the 1990s he supported the development of a democratic civil society in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Michalski and his Vienna Institute combine the highest intellectual standards with policy-oriented approaches and the promotion of young researchers. After EU enlargement this kind of work has become even more relevant. Europe can only thrive if West and East are ready to rethink their relationship and jointly face the challenges of the future. Krzysztof Michalski has also been an important mediator in the transatlantic dialogue. He is a professor at Boston University where the Institute for Human Sciences has an affiliate concentrating on US-European relations.”

Among his other numerous awards and honours, was decorated with the Officer´s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, with the Officer¹s Cross of L¹Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France as well as with the European Cultural Prize (1998).

In 2010 he was elected the President of the Association of the European Institutes for Advanced Study.

Dr. Michalski¹s graduate level teaching has included courses on Husserl, on Heidegger, and on Nietzsche.