Professor for Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language
Prof. Dr. Godehard Brüntrup SJ
Kaulbachstraße 31a
80539 München
Tel: +49-(0)89-2386-2171
Fax: + 49-0)89-2386-2302

Stiftungslehrstuhl für Philosophie und Motivation



Academic Degrees held

  • Undergraduate studies in philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy.
  • Bachelor's degree in July 1981
  • Graduate studies in philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Master of Arts in Philosophy in February 1984. Thesis on "Realism and Anti-Realism". Grade: "summa cum laude".
  • Graduate studies in Catholic theology at the Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt, Germany, and the University of Innsbruck, Austria. This course of studies was completed with the degree of "Diplomtheologe" in July 1989. Grade: "summa cum laude". Thesis on revelation.
  • Doctoral studies in philosophy beginning at the University of Bielefeld where my thesis advisor Prof. Peter Bieri organized a large-scale international research project on the topic "Mind and Brain". Then I followed my dissertation advisor to Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin), where I received my doctorate in 1994. Grade: "summa cum laude". Thesis on mental causation.
  • Habilitation in Philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy in 2003.

Academic Positions held

  • 1984-1986 Full-time position as lecturer in philosophy at the Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, USA. Teaching intro-level epistemology, logic, and metaphysics.
  • 1986-1989 Teaching-assistant to Prof. Koltermann in philosophy of physics and biology during graduate studies in Catholic theology at the Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1994 (Spring term) visiting scholar of the philosophy department at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA working with (among others) Prof. Brian McLaughlin in philosophy of mind.
  • 1994 (Fall term), 1995 (spring term): Position as lecturer at the Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany. Teaching philosophy of mind and analytic epistemology.
  • 1995/96 Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion (one-year full-time position) at the philosophy department of the University of Notre Dame, USA. Teaching upper-level undergraduate courses in philosophy of mind.
  • Fall 1996: Full-time tenure-track position (assistant professor) at the Munich School of Philosophy. Courses on metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and history of analytic philosophy.
  • January-February 2000: Visiting scholar at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Lectures on metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
  • 2000 (Fall term): Visiting scholar the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Working mainly with Prof. David Chalmers in philosophy of mind. Participation in the Center for Consciousness Studies.
  • February 2002: Professorship officialy offered by Fordham University (New York) in philosophy of mind. Declined for personal reasons.
  • 2003 tenured at Hochschule für Philosophie München. Full professor for Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language.
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 (Fall terms only): Visiting Professor at Fordham University (New York).
  • 2006 Invited to apply for a position at the University of Innsbruck. Declined for personal reasons.
  • Since 2011: Editor for the German speaking countries at the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion
  • 2011-2014 Member of the steering committee of the international research project "Analytic Theology", funded by the John Templeton Foundation 
  • Since 2012 holding an endowed chair - Lejeune Chair for Philosophy and Motivation - specializing in philosophical psychology, the metaphysics of mental causation, freedom of the will and action theory.
  • Forthcoming: Accepted invitation for the position "James Collins Visiting Professor in Philosophy" at Saint Louis University in the Fall term of 2013 (thus, I will most likely not be available for academic events in Germany in the Fall of 2013).

Recent third party funds secured (Drittmitteleinwerbung):

  • German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi), Berlin / German Federal Research Agency (DFG), Bonn / Templeton Foundation, Philadelphia / Erich Lejeune, Munich/
    of 2,28 million Euros.