Directorate of Templeton Research Lectures in Frankfurt
Professor Thomas M. Schmidt
Thomas M. Schmidt is Professor of Philosophy of Religion on the Roman Catholic Theological Faculty of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and Director of the Institute for Philosophy of Religion. He studied philosophy, theology and sociology at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen and the J.W. Goethe University. He recieved his doctorate degree (1995) and habilitation (2000) from the University of Frankfurt. Before taking his present position, he was assistant professor in the department of philosophy at California State University Long Beach. He has also been visiting professor at the St. Louis University (2001) and the University of Washington in Seattle (2004). He is the author of a book on Hegel as well as on religious pluralism in liberal democracies. His recent publications include: Scientific Explanation and Religious Beliefs (with Michael Parker) (2005); Religion and the Critique of Culture (with Matthias Lutz-Bachmann) ( 2005); and various articles in religious epistemology, Hegelís logic and religious pluralism and democratic societies (all in German).