Bader from Oxford to Fribourg
Ralf Bader, until recently an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, will be taking up a full professorship at Universitaet Fribourg in Switzerland.
Professor Bader works in mainly in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and Kant. You can browse some of his works here.
He takes up his new position at Freibourg in January.
(via Kacper Kowalczyk)
Hey, just a note – if you want to refer to this uni, I’d either say “Freiburg” in German, or “Fribourg” in French. In order to avoid confusion with the German Freiburg, here in Switzerland, we usually refer to it as “Fribourg” even in German.
So, I would refer to it as “Fribourg”, and the univerity name as “Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg” given its bilingual nature.Report
Thanks for doing those news! It’s really interesting that someone goes from Oxford to Fribourg, especially someone who seems interested in analytic philosophy. I was under the impression Fribourg was leaning continental, but I may be mistaken.Report
Fribourg has been strong in analytic philosophy for a long time. Martine Nida-Rümelin at Fribourg is one of the leading analytic philosophers of mind internationally. Gianfranco Soldati does important work in phenomenology and the philosophy of mind in a way that bridges the analytic and continental traditions. They have had large research groups with many postdocs and PhD students for a couple of decades now, making Fribourg a major center for philosophy of mind and connected areas in metaphysics and cognitive science. Ralf Bader’s appointment will make it all the stronger.Report
Building on what Chalmers says, there’s loads of excellent analytic philosophy being done all over the European continent these days. Coupled with the fact that academics have been forced to strike for decent working conditions in the UK, and the uncertainty of Brexit, it’s easy to see why UK-based philosophers might make the jump.Report
That’s really cool! Somehow I’m very close to Fribourg and never knew.Report
That’s really cool to hear. I always knew they had an excellent department. Years ago, I decided against studying in Fribourg because I had the (probably wrong) impression that they were quite focused on the history of philosophy, and looking at their study plans, that might actually still be a case for undergrad and MA studies. It’s great to hear that they are strong in such cool research areas.Report
Very lucky is the department that has Ralf!Report
It is also, unfortunately, a great loss to Oxford and to Merton College, where Ralf has been a wonderful colleague.Report
Quality signing for Fribourg there – a versatile philosopher who can do a job anywhere in midfield. Will be interesting to see whether he can get the same return in Switzerland as he did in the English league.Report