Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany
The University of Bonn where Karl-Otto Apel received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany that Karl-Otto Apel received in 2001.
Karl-Otto Apel in his office.
(As Apel himself notes in his preface, the expression "Tra...)
As Apel himself notes in his preface, the expression "Transformation of Philosophy" bears an ambiguity, naming both a change that took place in the development of philosophy as well as Apel's own systematic project.
(Charles Sanders Peirce is widely recognized as the founde...)
Charles Sanders Peirce is widely recognized as the founder of American pragmatism. Apel's systematic, sweeping, and innovative study quickly turned into a classic of Peirce scholarship when first published and became a major factor during the late sixties and early seventies in the discovery of pragmatism by Continental philosophy.
(Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges t...)
Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences.
(Apel, one of the most important philosophers of post-war ...)
Apel, one of the most important philosophers of post-war Germany, offers a synthesis of the Continental and the analytical philosophies of language via a semiotical transformation of Kantian philosophy. He develops a post-metaphysical philosophical system that grounds semiotically and transcendentally a theory of types of rationality, a pragmatic theory of truth, a hermeneutics, an anthropology, and a discourse ethics.
(Collected together for the first time in English, Karl-Ot...)
Collected together for the first time in English, Karl-Otto Apel’s most recent work covers a broad spectrum of philosophical issues. Highly original, this work will be valuable to academics and students concerned with (post-) analytic philosophy, epistemology, history of science, Heidegger’s fundamental ontology, current debates about transcendental modes of argument, second-generation Frankfurt School thinkers and American pragmatists. It will be no less useful to all those interested in reformulations of Kantian themes and redefinitions of older ideas within the linguistic paradigm, as well as those who, being familiar with Habermas’s work, wish to know more about the controversies and debates within the circle of the Frankfurt School itself.
Karl-Otto Apel became a war volunteer in 1940. After the Second World War, he entered the University of Bonn in 1945. At first, he studied history and intellectual history, but later he committed himself as a student of Erich Rothacker on philosophy. In 1950, Apel received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Karl-Otto Apel started his career as a lecturer at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 1961. In 1962, he took up a post of a professor of Philosophy at the University of Kiel. He held this post until 1969 and then became a professor at Saarland University. In 1972, Apel started to work as a professor at Goethe University Frankfurt. He held this post until 1990. Apel also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Rome, Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, Purdue University, University of Sao Paulo and many others.
Karl-Otto Apel published his first book Analytic Philosophy of Language and the Geisteswissenschaften in 1965. Later he wrote such books as Towards a Transformation of Philosophy, Charles S. Peirce: From Pragmatism to Pragmaticism, Understanding and Explanation.
(As Apel himself notes in his preface, the expression "Tra...)1980
(Apel, one of the most important philosophers of post-war ...)1994
(Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges t...)1984
(Collected together for the first time in English, Karl-Ot...)1998
(Charles Sanders Peirce is widely recognized as the founde...)1981
Karl-Otto Apel reformulated the difference between understanding (Verstehen) and explanation (Erklärung), which originated in the hermeneutics of Wilhelm Dilthey and interpretive sociology of Max Weber, on the basis of a Peircean-inspired transcendental-pragmatic account of language. Apel has been critical of aspects of Habermas's approach in his Theory of Communicative Action. He has proposed that a theory of communication should be grounded in the transcendental-pragmatic conditions of communication.
Apel also affirmed the primacy of dialogue over individual consciousness. He considers the basis of this dialogue a language understood by analogy with the Kantian categories of consciousness. The basis of the language for Apel is paradigmatic evidence.
Quotations: "A people who lack the capacity for criticism provided by reflection from universalist principles; a people who do not want to argue so that their arguments are also convincing to adversaries, have lost the Logos’ own initiative to rationally direct history and are passively waiting for any warlord who knows how to persuade them."
Karl-Otto Apel was a member of the Academia Europaea and the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea.