Prof. Dr. Günter Zöller


Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Philosophie

Personal Information

Günter Zöller is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at the University of Munich. He studied Philosophy, Romance Languages, Comparative Literature and Art History at the University of Bonn, Germany, the École normale supérieure, Paris, France, and Brown University, Providence, U.S.A.. He has held fellowships from the German National Research Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C, the Canadian Research Council and the Australian Research Council. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Seoul National University, Emory University, McGill University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Bologna, Venice International University and Huanzhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, P. R. China) and has held research appointments at Brown University, Queen’s College, Oxford, the University of Tübingen, Harvard University and the École normale supérieure, Paris. His main areas of research and teaching are Kant, German idealism and political philosophy, on which he has authored, edited and coedited 37 books and published some 430 articles in journals, essay collections and reference works in 18 languages worldwide as well as supervised 45 doctoral dissertations and 30 M.A. and Master‘s theses. His former students are holding academic positions in Europe, North and South America, East Asia as well as West and South Africa.

Selected Publications

  1. Geschichte der politischen Philosophie. Von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (History of Political Philosophy. From Antiquity to the Present) (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2024; 363 p.; print version and eBook).
  2. Hegels Philosophie. Eine Einführung (Hegel‘s Philosophy. An Introduction) (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2020; 128 p.; print version and eBook); Turkish translation (Istanbul, 2024); Spanish translation (in preparation).
  3. Philosophie des 19. Jahrhunderts. Von Kant bis Nietzsche (Philosophy of the 19th Century. From Kant to Nietzsche) (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2018; 128 p.; print version and eBook); Chinese translation (Beijing: Phoenix Publishing, 2024); Ukrainian translation by Volodymyr Abashnik of the chapter "Philosophy of Society: Auguste Comte" in Human Being, Society, Communicative Technologies (Kharkiv: Liman, 2018), 119-122.
  4. (Editor, with David James) The Cambridge Companion to Fichte (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016; XX+419 p.).
  5. Res Publica. Plato's "Republic" in Classical German Philosophy (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2015; 136 p.; North American distribution: Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015).
  6. Fichte lesen (Reading Fichte). Series legenda, 4 (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2013; XVI+119 p.; print version and eBook) Japanese translation by Akitoshi Nakagawa with Koyo Shobo, Kyoto 2014; Spanish translation by Gabriel Rivero with Herder Editorial, Barcelona 2015; Italian translation by Frederico Ferraguto with Vivarium Novum, series "Fichtiana," Rome 2018; Chinese translation by Zhengmi Zhouhuang with People's Publishing House, Shanghai 2019.
  7. (Editor, with Robert B. Louden) The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant, vol. 7: Anthropology, History and Education, tr. M. Gregor, P. Guyer, R. Louden, H. Wilson G. Zöller and A. Zweig (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; XVI+597 p.; paperback edition 2011); partial reprint in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings, ed. Patrick Frierson and Paul Guyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 11-62 ("Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime") and 205-217 ("Essay on the Maladies of the Head").
  8. (Editor, with Daniel Breazeale) Johann Gottlieb Fichte, The System of Ethics, tr. Günter Zöller and Daniel Breazeale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005; XLIV+401 p.).
  9. Fichte's Transcendental Philosophy. The Original Duplicity of Intelligence and Will (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; XVII+169 p.; paperback 2002; print version and eBook).
  10. Theoretische Gegenstandsbeziehung bei Kant. Zur systematischen Bedeutung der Termini "objektive Realität" und "objektive Gültigkeit" in der "Kritik der reinen Vernunft." Kant-Studien Ergänzungshefte, vol. 117 (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1984; XII+322 p.; print version and eBook).