Professor Udo Thiel

Professor Udo Thiel

Position: Visitor

School: School of Philosophy


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Studied Philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Bonn and Oxford. - PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bonn. - Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney (1990-1991). - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Philosophy at the Australian National University (1992-2009). - Univ.-Prof. (Full Professor), Chair in History of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Graz, Austria (since 2009), Univ.-Prof. i. R. at the University of Graz since October 2019.

Early modern epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind (German, British, and French sources). Current project: theories of self-consciousness and personal identity in early modern British and Continental philosophy. Research monograph under contract with OUP, working title: The Enlightened Subject. Sameness and Self from Condillac to Thomas Brown.

A Selection.  For a complete list to 2020, see:                                               

The Early Modern Subject. Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011, xiv, 484 pp. - 2nd edition as paperback, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014, xvi, 484 pp.

(Ed., with G. Motta), Immanuel Kant: Die Einheit des Bewusstseins (Kant-Studien Ergänzungshefte 197), Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter 2017, 284 pp.

(Ed., with G. Motta and D. Schulting), Kant's Transcendental Deduction and the Theory of Apperception. New Interpretations, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter (forthcoming).


‘Experience and Inner Sense: Feder – Lossius – Kant’, in Karin de Boer and Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (eds.), The Experiential Turn in Eighteenth-Century German Philosophy (Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy), New York and London: Routledge 2021, 98-118.

‘Priestley and Kant on Materialism’, in Intellectual History Review 30 (1) (2020), 129-143.

‘The Concept of a Person in Eighteenth-Century German Philosophy: Leibniz – Wolff – Kant’, in Antonia Lolordo (ed.), Persons. A History, (Oxford Philosophical Concepts), Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019, 187-231.

‘”Person" und "Zustand". Grundbegriffe von Schillers "transzendentalem Weg" im Kontext’, in G. Stiening (ed.), Friedrich Schiller: Über die Ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen in einer Reihe von Briefen (Klassiker auslegen 69), Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2019, 99-109.

‘Kant and Tetens on the Unity of the Self’, in Corey W. Dyck and Falk Wunderlich (eds.), Kant and his German Contemporaries, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018, 59-75.

‘Hume on the Self and his "Overall Philosophical Scheme"’, in J. Kaukua und T. Ekenberg (eds.), Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Cham/Switzerland: Springer 2016, 277-290.

‘Psychologische Analyse statt Metaphysik. Mauvillons Aufsatz Ueber das Ich (1778)’, in D. Hüning, A. Klawitter, G. Stiening (eds.), Jakob Mauvillon (1743-1794) und die deutschsprachige Radikalaufklärung, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter (forthcoming).

‘Consciousness, Inner Sense and Self-Consciousness in the 1760s’, in G. Motta, D. Schulting, U. Thiel (eds.), Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and the Theory of Apperception. New Interpretations, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter (forthcoming).

A Selection. For a complete list, see

2016: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Grant for a follow-up project on The Enlightened Subject. (€ 260.883,--).

2012: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - Grant for a project on The Enlightened Subject (€ 241.857,-).

Styrian government Award (‘Forschungspreis’) 2014 for The Early Modern Subject. Self-consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume, Oxford University Press, 20142.

Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) – elected 2013.

Allgemeine Gesellschaft für Philosophie in Deutschland. –

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Philosophie.

International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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