Doctor in German Studies and Philosophy, University Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, 1964—1971. Habiltiation, University Düsseldorf, Germany, 1977. Doctorate(honorary), University Cluj, Romania, 1994.
Doctorate(honorary), University Pécs, Hungary, 2001.
Lecturer modern German literature University Dusseldorf, 1971—1977, assistant professor German literature, 1977—1980, supernumeram professor, 1981—1982. Full professor philosophy University Geneva, 1982—1987, University Tubingen, Germany, since 1987. Professor Christian Gauss seminars Princeton (New Jersey) University, 1990.
Lecturer Ernan McMullin Perspectives in Philosophy: The Philosophy of Manfred Frank University Notre Dame, Indiana, 1995. Theodor Heuss professorship graduate faculty New School for Social Research, New York City, New York, 1998. Lecturer series on origins of early German romanticism University South Carolina, Columbia, 2000.
Author: The Problem of Time in German Romanticism. Time Consciousness and Consciousness of Time in Early Romantic Philosophy and in Tieck's Poetry, 1972, The Infinite Lack of Being. Schelling's Criticism of Hegel and the Origins of Marxian Dialectics, 1975, The Individual Universal.
Text-Theory and Interpretation Following Schleiermacher, 1977, On What Can Be Said. Essays on Contemporary French Hermeneutics and Text Theory, 1980, The Coming God. Lectures on New Mythology, 1982, What is Neostructuralism?, 1989, Self-Consciousness and Self-Knowledge.
Essays on the Analytical Philosophy of Mind, 1991, Infinite Approximation. The Origins of Early Romantic Philosophy, 1997, The Infinite Voyage. A Motif and Its Text, 1979, Self-feeling.
A Historical and Systematical Enquiry, 2002.
Fellow: Academy Europaea, European Society Culture, Academy International Philosophy Art. Member: Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
Life partner Véronique Zanetti. 1 child Gabriel Benjamin. Married Ulrike Renner, May 23, 1969 (divorced April 1996).
Children: Susanne Bettina, Michael Clemens.