Since February 2020, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Renz has been Professor for the History of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Graz, as well as head of the Section History of Philosophy and director of the Alexius Meinong-Institute.
She studied philosophy at the University of Zurich, where she also held her first research position, followed by assistant positions at the ETH Zurich, fellowships at Yale University (2002-3), École Normale Supérieure Lyon (2003-4), Harvard University (2013), University of Konstanz (2014-15) and the Institute of Advanced Study at University of Warwick (2019). She was Associate Professor at Roskilde University from 2008-2009 before she was appointed at the University of Klagenfurt in 2009, where she had been working until her appointment at the University of Graz. In 2018, she was visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. (Curriculum Vitae).
Ursula Renz has received several awards, among them the Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize 2011; a Humboldt fellowship for senior researchers and a shortlisting of her book Was denn bitte ist kulturelle Identität for the Tractatus-Essay-Prize in 2019.
Her research focus lies on early modern philosophy, especially epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and moral psychology; philosophy of the late 19th and early 20th century; she has also published on the history of analytic philosophy as well as on systematic questions of theoretical philosophy (List of publications). Her systematic interests touch upon conceptions of self-knowledge, identity, emotions and the relation of descriptive and revisionary metaphysics. She has initiated and conducted several third party funded projects.
Ursula Renz is also part of several boards and committees and frequently comments on contemporary social problems and questions in her capacity as a philosopher and historian of philosophy.
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