Wolfram Eilenberger

Editor-in-chief, Philosophie Magazin

Wolfram Eilenberger is a German writer, journalist and philosopher. He is the author of seven books, one of which is the best-selling novel Finnen von Sinnen. The books have been translated into several languagues. He currently lives in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Born in Freiburg i. Br., Germany in 1972, he received his MA in philosophy and literature from the University of Heidelberg and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. While completing his PhD as a fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (a German elite grant for promising young scholars) he began a career in journalism in Berlin, and since then his articles, essays, reviews and columns have appeared frequently in numerous national and international publications, including Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Cicero, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Internationale Politik. He is also a regular contributor for German Public Radio (Deutschlandradio Kultur).

From 2000 to 2002 he was a philosophical columnist for Die Zeit, from 2003 to 2004 head of the foreign policy section of the German monthly magazine Cicero and till 2010 a correspondent for Cicero writing mainly on foreign policy, the arts and sports. Since 2011 he has been the editor-in-chief of Philosophie Magazin, a German bimonthly with a print-run of 100 000 copies.

Mr. Eilenberger is the author of seven books:

- a bestselling humorous novel on life in the Finnish woods, "Finnen von Sinnen - Von einem, der auszog, eine finnische Frau zu heiraten" (Blanvalet, 2010);

- a novel on living in Toronto as a German immigrant, "Kanada kann mich mal", (Blanvalet, 2012)

- a scholarly study of the philosophy of culture of the Russian thinker Mikhail Bakhtin, "Das Werden des Menschen im Wort (Chronos, Zurich, 2009);

- a book on philosophy and child education "Kleine Menschen, grosse Fragen - 20 philosophische Geschichten fuer die Erwachsenen von morgen - und heute" (Berlin Verlag, 2009);

- a collection of his interviews with leading American philosophers (R. Rorty, S. Cavell, M. Nussbaum...) on the idea of America, "This is not America - Philosophen sprechen ueber die Lage des Landes" was published in 2008 by Matthes & Seitz, Berlin.

- a non-academic introduction to contemporary philosophy, "Philosophy fuer alle, die noch etwas vorhaben" (Berlin Verlag, 2005, BvT 2007);

- a collections of essays on philosophy and soccer "Lob des Tores - 40 Flanken in Fussballphilosophie" (BvT, 2006, revised 2008).

He taught philosophy the University of Toronto and also International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently teaching at die Universität der Künste, Berlin.

Wolfram Eilenberger's books have been translated into French, Korean, Polish and Finnish. He is an active member of the German national soccer team of writers (midfield) and a licensed soccer coach.

Wolfram Eilenberger lives with his family in Berlin and Copenhagen .


Professional inquiries may be directed to Astrid von Willmann at Blanvalet (Random House): astrid.vonwillmann@randomhouse.de

or, concerning Philosophie Magazin, to Sabine Schaub: s.schaub@schwindkommunikation.de

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