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Andrzej Kaniowski, Prof. Dr.


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Biographical Note

Andrzej Maciej KANIOWSKI, born in 1951, graduated from Uniwersytet Warszawski, where he defended his M.A. in political economy (1974) and gained his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1982 ("Social Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas. In the Search for Unity of Theory and Praxis"). Social philosophy is at the centre of his interest focussing on the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and methodological problems of social research. After starting to work on discourse ethics, communication and problems of normativity in the mid 1980s, his focus turned to ethics. His habilitation on "Supererogation" (published in 1999, defended in 2000) dealt with the question of a possible place of so-called works going "beyond the call of duty" within universalistic concepts of ethics. Continuing his work on the problems of social philosophy and philosophical ethics in the 1990s, he extended his area of interest towards applied ethics (especially bioethics and medical ethics) and to the problems of normative grounds of democratic orders. From 2009 is conducting a research project on Immanuel Kants Philosophy of State and Law. From 1990 to 1991 he had a research scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung at the Universität Bonn (Professor Dr. em. H.-M. Baumgartner). In 1996 he worked as a senior fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (translators program), while in 2003 he was awarded a three month scholarship at the Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. 2004-2006 participation at the research project at Europäische Akademie (together with Kloepfer, B. Griefhahn) Leben mit Lärm? [Living with Noise?]. Since 2001 he has been holding the chair for ethics at the Uniwersytet Lodzki. He has published two books, some readers (on Habermas´ philosophy), over 50 papers on social and practical philosophy, on bioethics and translated some of the works of German philosophers (J. Habermas, Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns, O. Höffe´s Kant monography, H.-M. Baumgartner´s collection of papers "Endliche Vernunft").

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Relevant Publications

Editor of a thematic issue of the journal "Colloquia Communia" on Habermas [W kregu inspiracji teoretycznych Jürgena Habermasa (In a circle of influence of the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas), Vol. 27-28 (1986); Wokol teorii krytycznej Jürgena Habermasa (Around the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas), [coeditor Andrzej Szahaj], Warsaw 1987; Filozofia spoleczna Jürgena Habermasa. W poszukiwaniu jednosci teorii i praktyki (The social philosophy of Jürgen Habermas. In the search of unity of theory and praxis), Warsaw 1990; Mensch - Natur - Kosmos, [coeditor R. Panasiuk], Lodz 1991; Filozofia i ekologia. W poszukiwaniu nowego stosunku do przyrody [Philosophy and ecology. In the search of a new paradigm], [coeditor R. Panasiuk], Lodz 1993; Supererogacja. Zagubiony wymiar etyki. Czyny chwalebne w etykach uniwersalistycznych [Supererogation - A forgotten dimension of ethics. Meritorious acts and universalistic approaches in ethics], Warsaw 1999. et. al. Together with M. Kloepfer, B. Griefhahn et. al. author of: Leben mit Lärm? [Living with Noise?], Berlin- New York 2006. Author of papers on social philosophy, ethics, politics, critical theory, Kantian practical philosophy. Translations of: O. Höffe, Kant; H. M. Baumgartner, Endliche Vernunft; J. Habermas, Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns.

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