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Julian Nida-Rümelin is a German philosopher and public intellectual. He belongs to Germany's most influential living philosophers alongside Jürgen Habermas and Peter Sloterdijk. He served as State Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany under Chancellor Schröder. Currently, he is Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Triest and the Europe-Medal of the Bavarian government in 2016.
Nida-Rümelin voiced criticism on the implementation of the Bologna Process, the European reformation process of the higher education. He recently criticized German policies aiming to increase the tertiary education rates and recommended instead to foster the German "dual system" of vocational training. His book „Akademisierungswahn – Krise der beruflichen und akademischen Bildung“ (How the rush to universities is leading to a crisis of professional and academic education) stimulated a nationwide discussion on education policy. Nida-Rümelin`s emphasis on a humanistic approach in economics triggered debates among the business community about the role of ethics play in economic success („Die Optimierungsfalle“ – The Optimazation Trap). He also applied his theory of humanism to issues of digitization and artificial intelligence. He conducted two research projects on the topic funded by the European Union (ROBOLAW and CREDITS4HEALTH). He supervises the division “Culture“ of the Bavarian Centre for Digitization (ZD.B). His book on digital humanism will be published in 2018.
Nida-Rümelin publishes in major German and European newspapers such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Le Monde, La Repubblica on a range of topics including Europe, economics and ethics, as well as the digitization of our society.