Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1947, he is one of the greatest philosophers of our time. Professor of the Philosophy of Culture and Media Theory at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, he has been rector of the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design. His interests are wide and varied, taking in music, psychoanalysis, poetry, contemporary art, anthropology and much more. Highlights of his extensive body of work include Weltfremdheit (Separation from the World, Ernst Robert Curtius prize 1993); Spheres I, II & III; Rage and Time, Not Saved: Essays after Heidegger; You Must Change Your Life; God’s Zeal; Die Verachtung der Massen (The Contempt of the Masses); El reino de la Fortuna (The Realm of Fortune); In the World Interior of Capital; Zur Welt kommen – Zur Sprache kommen (Coming into the World – Coming up in Conversation); Die schrecklichen Kinder der Neuzeit (Modernity’s Enfants Terribles), Im selben Boot (In the Same Boat); and Rules for the Human Park (2000). His book Critique of Cynical Reason, published in 1983, is one of the best-selling philosophy titles of the 20th century.