Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
Are There Heroes in Liberal Democracy?
Julian Nida-Rümelin, born in Munich, studied Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics and Political Sciences. In 1983 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Munich and then became Assistant Professor in its Department of Political Sciences. His doctorate followed in 1989 at the Department of Philosophy in Munich. After spending one year in Minnesota as Visiting Professor, he was appointed to the Chair of the Centre of Science Ethics at the University of Tübingen. From 1993 to 2003 he held a Chair of Philosophy at the University of Göttingen and then moved to Munich as a Full Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy. From January 2001 to October 2002 Nida-Rümelin held a cabinet office as the State Minister for Culture and Media. From 2009 to 2011, Julian Nida-Rümelin will be the President of the German Association of Philosophy. Latest publications: Strukturelle Rationalität (2001); Humanismus als Leitkultur. Ein Perspektivenwechsel (2005); Über menschliche Freiheit (2005); and Demokratie und Wahrheit (2006).
Nathalie Weidenfeld is Lecturer at the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of Munich. Born in France, she studied American Literature, American Cultural History and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York and returned to Germany in 1993 to work as an assistant editor in TV- and movie productions. In 2005 she was awarded a Ph.D. in American Literature and Culture by the Free University Berlin for a dissertation on Alien Abduction Narratives. Nathalie Weidenfeld writes film scripts and novels, including: Die Orangenprinzessin (2001); Einhundert Arten den Mond zu sehen (2002); and Thereses wunderbare Weihnacht (2007).