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Peter Bieri, born in Bern in 1944, studied philosophy and classical philology, indology and anglistics. After teaching in Bielefeld and Marburg, he was appointed to the chair of Ernst Tugendhat at the Free University of Berlin in 1993. His academic work has a focus on the philosophy of mind, epistemology and language.
Peter Bieri had invented the pseudonym 'Pascal Mercier' for his novel Perlmann's Silence, he lifted the secret in 1998 when his second novel The Piano Tuner appeared. Since then, he has published several philosophical and literary works that have attained great success, among them Das Handwerk der Freiheit. Über die Entdeckung des eigenen Willens (2001), Night Train to Lisbon (2004), the novella Lea (2007) and Eine Art zu leben. Über die Vielfalt menschlicher Würde (2013). He received numerous awards for his work.