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The biannually appointed Leibniz-Professorship of the Leibniz-Programme brings renowned, mainly international senior scientists to the Leipzig University to enrich both, research and teaching.

The new affiliation of the Leibniz-Professorhip with the Research Academy is supposed to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange in the qualification programme for young scientists and create an international atmosphere.

Nominations for the appointment can be sent to the director of the Leibniz-Programme by the faculties, represented by the respective dean.

Leibniz-Professor summer semester 2016

Maria Rosa Antognazza is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. Educated at the Catholic University of Milan, she has held research and visiting fellowships in Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain and the USA, including a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and a two-year research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. She served as Head of the King’s Philosophy Department from February 2012 to July 2015.

Her research interests lie in the history of philosophy (especially early modern and G. W. Leibniz) and in the philosophy of religion (especially the relationship between science and religion, religious epistemology, metaphysical issues in philosophical theology, and the philosophical and theological foundations of religious toleration).

Her publications include Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation: Reason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press, 2007), Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2009; winner of the 2010 Pfizer Prize), and Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming September 2016). She is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Leibniz (Oxford University Press) and has contributed numerous papers on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy, including chapters on religious epistemology and philosophical theology to the Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy.

She has edited early modern texts by G. W. Leibniz, J. H. Alsted, and Hugo Grotius, notably the 1743 English version of Grotius’s De Veritate Religionis Christianae (Liberty Fund, 2012).

During the tenure of her Leibniz-Professorship in the summer semester of 2016, she will lead a Faculty Colloquium in the Department of Philosophy. In conversation with members of the Faculty, she will explore the relationship between reason and revelation in Leibniz, covering faith and religious epistemology; the relationship between metaphysics and revealed theology; ecumenism, toleration, and truth; Leibniz’s conception of God and creatures in the light of the Platonic inheritance; and some of aspects of Leibniz’s arguments for the existence of God. She will also present and discuss, in a Graduate Seminar, her distinctive interpretation of Leibniz’s thought as a whole.

Maria Rosa Antognazza gavr her inaugural lecture entitled "Theory and Praxis in Leibniz’s Theological Thought" on 11 Mai 2016 in "Alter Senatssaal" at the Leipzig University. A recording of the lecture can be found under this link.

Former Leibniz-Professors

      • 2013/14, Winter semester, Prof. Dr. Robert A. Roe
        (University of Maastricht, Netherlands)
      • 2013, Summer semester, Prof. Dr. Alois Würger
        (Université Bordeaux, France)
      • 2012/13, Winter semester, Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Goudaillier
        (Université Paris V Descartes, France)
      • 2012/13, Winter semester, Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Sahr
        (Universidade Federal do Paraná (UEPG), Brazil)
      • 2012, Summer semester: Prof. Dr. David E. Wellbery
        (University of Chicago, USA)
      • 2011/12, Winter semester: Prof. Dr. Dirk K. Morr
        (University of Chicago, USA)
      • 2011, Summer semester: Prof. Dr. Claudine Delphis
        (Université Paris VII, France)

        Archive of Leibniz Professors from 1994 to 2010


        last update: 23.05.2016 

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