Dirk Solies has been the Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the chair for “Practical Philosophy” in the Department of Philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg – University of Mainz since 1999. He has also been the chair person of the LSI group “BIOS – Boundary Questions of Life” since 2004. His main areas of research are: bioethics, life-philosophy (Lebensphilosophie), and philosophy of the 19th century.
In 1991 he received his master’s degree in philosophy with a specialization in Nietzsche’s cultural theory. Then he became an associate on the project “Aesthetical Criteria of the Valuation of Landscape.” This project had a self-contained publication titled “Natur lesen.” He received a doctorate of philosophy in 1998 with a dissertation on Georg Simmel titled “Natur in der Distanz”(awarded with the science prize for philosophy for the advancement of intellectual dialogue (Lions club Oppenheim).
In 2007 he finished his habilitation thesis “Wie das Leben in die Philosophie kam” and gained his venia legendi at the University of Mainz.
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