Rüdiger Safranski was born in Rottweil, Germany in 1945. He studied Philosophy, German and History in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. He worked as editor and co-publisher of the “Berliner Hefte” from 1977-81. He gained recognition chiefly through his biographies of Schopenhauer, Heidegger and Nietzsche. On the anniversary of Schiller’s death in 2004, he presented the acclaimed biography “Friedrich Schiller oder die Erfindung des Deutschen Idealismus”. He most recently published the monograph “Die Romantik – Eine deutsche Affäre” (2007). He has presented ZDF television’s “Philosophisches Quartett” along with Peter Sloterdijk since 2002.
Safranski is a member of the German P.E.N. and of the Germany Academy for Language and Literature in Darmstadt. He was awarded many prizes inluding the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. In 2006 he received the the WELT Literaturpreis und the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize of the city of Bad Homburg. He lives in Berlin.
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