Christoph LUMER

Curriculum vitae
Christoph LUMER

Christoph Lumer (1956 born in Ratingen - Germany. German citizen) is full professor of moral philosophy at the University of Siena.

 

Areas of specialization

  • - Ethics: metaethics (justification of morals, moral semantics, motivation for moral action), normative / material ethics (criteria of morality, in particular of justice; moral desirability, moral duties), applied ethics (environmental ethics, future ethics, bioethics, economic ethics, developmental ethics, ethics of sports).
  • - Theories of rational action: rational decision theory and game theory, prudential desirability functions, theories of the good life.
  • - Philosophical anthropology: philosophy of action (empirical laws of action, empi­rical theory of decision, concepts of action and intention, freedom and responsibility), theory of emotion and feeling, moral psychology, happiness and well-being.
  • - Political philosophy (justice, democracy).
  • - Theory of argumentation (with strong components in logic and epistemology).
  • - Metaphilosophy (types of theories in philosophy).

 

Research and publications

In these fields Christoph Lumer has published 3 monographic books, over 100 articles and edited 7 books or special issues of scientific journals. (List: http://www.lumer.info/?page_id=19   Downloads: http://www.lumer.info/?page_id=65  )

In the field of theories of practical rationality theory he has developed a critical theory of prudential desirability and a general criterion of rational decision.

In ethics he has developed an internalist conception of justifying morals and on this basis a (quantitatively elaborated) prioritarian criterion of moral value and distributive justice as well as a progressive criterion of moral duties. Furthermore, he has applied these criteria for evaluating options with respect to climate change.

In argumentation theory he has elaborated an epistemological approach with most of the necessary ramifications: definition and criterion of 'good argument', justification of the approach, criteria of various types of argument, classification of argument schemes, fallacy theory etc.

 

Education

  • 1974-1980 studies of sociology, philosophy and history at the Universities of Muenster (Germany) and Bologna (Italy).
  • 1980 Master's degree in sociology from the University of Muenster.
  • (1981-1982 civil service.)
  • 1982-1986 graduate studies in philosophy at the Universities of Muenster (Germany) and Berlin (Freie Universitaet, Germany).
  • 1986 Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Muenster.
  • 1993 habilitation in philosophy from the university of Osnabrueck.

 

Extended periods of research or teaching in other universities

  • 1990 visiting professor for philosophy at the University of Urbino (Italy).
  • 1994 visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA).
  • 2014 visiting scholar at the University of Toronto (Canada).

 

Positions Held:

  • 1986-1987 teaching classes in philosophy at the University of Oldenburg (Germany).
  • 1987-1993 assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany).
  • 1993-1999 associate professor of philosophy at the University of Osnabrueck.
  • 1995 nomination as an extrabudgetary professor.
  • 1999-2001 contract professor at the University of Siena.
  • 2001-2002 leading researcher in the research project "How good is life?" at the University of Osnabrueck.
  • 2002-2016 associate professor of moral philosophy at the University of Siena.
  • 2016-present: full professor of moral philosophy at the University of Siena.