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Johanes Rohbeck


Johannes Rohbeck – Technical University Dresden. Germany

Born in 1947; studies in Philosophy, German, Political Science und Sociology at the University of Bonn and at Freie Universität Berlin; graduated as Magister Artium (Master of Arts) in 1971; Scientific Assistent at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin 1972 till 1976; Doctorate and 1st State Exam in 1976; Student Teacher und 2nd State Exam in 1979; Secondary Education Teacher in Berlin 1979 till 1990; Habilitation (postdoctoral degree with lecture qualification) in Philosophy in 1985; Chief of Advanced Studies and Continuing Education for Teachers in Berlin 1982 till 1990; Visiting Professorship in Italy and the USA; 1993 till 2012 Professor for Practical Philosophy and Didactics of Philosophy at Technische Universität Dresden; since April 2012 Senior Professorship at Technische Universität Dresden.

– 2005 till 2013 Project „Una nueva filosofía de la historia“. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid. – 2014 till 2018 Project  “Worldbridges”: Philosophy of History and Globalisation of Knowledge. Cultural Bridges between Europe and Latin America. European Union, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme.



Theory of Globalization and Philosophy of History: Contemporary theories of globalization seldom mention history. This is surprising, because “globalization” is essentially a historical term, describing as it does a historical process. If one probes the accounts in question more deeply, there is no overlooking that nearly all of the relevant discourses operate more or less explicitly with patterns of interpretation borrowed from the philosophy of history. The authors speculate upon which general tendencies of globalization are recognizable, and whether it is more indicative of “progress” or of the “downfall” of human civilization. Moreover, the questions of when globalization actually began, what is “new” about the state of globality achieved thus far and what developments can be expected in future cannot possibly be answered without reflecting on history. After all, the ethical problem of global justice, which demands compensatory measures to alleviate historic harms, requires us to take into account the course of history thus far. Such topics underline that recourse to history, with all of its historico-philosophical implications, is essential if we are to resolve the problems resulting from globalization.