Sven Bernecker


Sven Bernecker is one of the most respected philosophers of our times, both in the fields of contemporary epistemology and classical German philosophy. His particular interests include the philosophy of mind, an area in which he is considered a pioneer of the renaissance of the philosophical debate on memory. His research focusses on the question as to what memory is, drawing on approaches taken from cognitive science, psychology and sociology. In Cologne, the Humboldt Professor is due to found and head a Centre for Contemporary Epistemology and Kantian Tradition. It may also prove valuable to cooperate with the philosopher and Humboldt Professor Michael Neil Forster who is already conducting research just up the Rhine in Bonn.

Nominating University: University of Cologne

Professor Dr Sven Bernecker

Born in Germany in 1967, Sven Bernecker is a Full Professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), USA. He took his doctorate at Stanford University, USA, and completed his habilitation in Germany at LMU Munich. From 2011 to 2013, Bernecker held a professorship at the University of Vienna in addition to his position at UCI. He has received numerous honours, including the DFG’s Heisenberg Fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the 2011 Humboldt Research Award. In July 2016 he took up his position as a Humboldt Professor in Cologne.