University of North Florida       Department of Philosophy

 Hans-Herbert Kögler
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Graduate Studies Coordinator

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  1. Annual Keynote Speaker, Graduate Student Conference, “The Background of  Interpretation: The Predicament of Ethnocentrism in Cultural Hermeneutics.” Northwestern University, April 1993,
  2. Faculty Associate, Programs in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994 
  1. Keynote address: "Dialog und Anerkennung," Berlin-Konferenz Dialog im 20th Jahrhundert, August 1995,
  1. Honorary Faculty Associate, University of Catamarca, Argentina, 1996. 
  1. Keynote address: "Empathy and Interpretation: Sources of Reflexivity in Cultural Studies First International Graduate Conference on 'Language and Power,' University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Nov. 20-22, 1998."
  1. Keynote address "Language and the Paradigm of Performativity." University of South Florida, conference on Continental Philosophy/Ethics/Social Theory, Jan. 21-22, 2000.
  1. External Faculty Affiliate and Visiting Professor, M.A.Program in Social Philosophy, Karls-University Prague, Czech Republic, 2002, and Czech Academy of the Sciences (Social Science & Philosophy section).
  1. Outstanding Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2002.
  1. Guestprofessorship, University of Klagenfurt, ‘Methods of Interpretation: Hermeneutics,” Spring 2004 and July 2006.
  1. Faculty Research Affiliation 2007/2008, Project “Verstehen, Kritik, Rechtfertigung” (Understanding, Critique, Justification), with Dr. Karsten Schmidt (Philosophy of Religion), Prof. Thomas Schmidt (Religious Studies) and Prof. Rainer Forst (Political Theory), University of Frankfurt, Germany



Doctor of Philosophy, 1991      Thesis: “Die Macht des Dialogs: Kritische Hermeneutik nach Gadamer, Foucault, und Rorty” (The Power of Dialogue: Critical Hermeneutics after Gadamer, Foucault, and Rorty),  University of Frankfurt, Advisor: J. Habermas

M. A. in Philosophy, 1986        Thesis: “Historisches Bewusstsein nach Hegel (Historical Consciousness after Hegel), University of Frankfurt, Advisor: J. Habermas


1986-1987 Research Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: History and Discourse of the Sciences of Education, University of Frankfurt.

1987-1991 Dissertation Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Fellowship Foundation).

1989-1990 Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, The New School for Social Research, and at the University of California, Berkeley.

1991 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1994 Assistant Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1997 Summer Visiting Scholar as NEH Fellow, University of Boston

1997 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville

1999 Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville

2000 Summer Visiting Scholar as NEH Fellow, University of Arizona

2000-2001 Faculty Fellow, Office for Faculty Enhancement, UNF

2003 May - June, Visiting Professor, Czech Academy of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

2004 May – June, Guestprofessor at the Alpe-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

2005 Graduate Studies Coordinator, “M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics,” Department of Philosophy, University of North Florida

2006 July, Guestprofessor at the Alpe-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

2007, August, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Program in Religious Studies, University of North Florida


Service to the Profession

Professional Affiliations:

Active Membership: APA; Critical Theory Roundtable; Society for Universal Dialogue;
International Consortium for Social Theory

Manuscript Reviewer: SUNY Press, Westview Press, Metzler Verlag, (Stuttgart, Germany), The MIT Press, Penn State University Press, Langman Press, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, European Journal of Social Theory.

Academic Advisory Board Member: Handlung/Kultur/Interpretation, Journal for the Human and Social Sciences, U. of Hanover, Germany; Social Epistemology  (Taylor & Francis, Routledge), London; X-Alta, H. Vaugrand/F. Ollier (edas.), Abjat/Bandiat, France.


Special Professional Activities:

Conceived, initiated, and coordinated Faculty Seminar in the Humanities, Social Science, and Social Theory at UNF. Since Fall 2000, there have been six (6) installments of the seminar (each one semester, including 6-7 sessions with faculty research presentations coupled with cutting edge readings). The seminar includes a email list-serve with around 40 faculty members from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Topics of the seminars included “The Place of Theory After Postmodernism,” Human Agency,” “Globalization,” Agency between Culture and Biology,” and “Globalization, Cultural Difference, and Universal Values.” Over 20 assistant, associate, and full professors from UNF, but also from other institutions, have presented their research in this unique interdisciplinary academic setting.

Served as MA proposal coordinator which included conceiving possible MA program in philosophy with applied focus, coordinating faculty ideas and initiatives toward that goal, and developing a 38-page MA proposal that led to the implementation of the “MA in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics” at UNF in 2005. Served since 2005 as Graduate Coordinator of the MA.


Organized professional panels include:

  1. The American Philosophical Association meeting on behalf on the Society for Universal Dialogue, topic: “The Cosmopolitan Core of Multiculturalism,” including Pauline Kleingeld (U. of Washington), James Bohman (St. Louis U.), David Ingram (Loyola U.), and myself.

  2. The XXI World Congress of Philosophy (Istanbul, Turkey, August 10-17, 2003) Round-table “Globalization and Difference: Philosophical Foundations of Intercultural Dialogue, with Robert Bernasconi (U. of Memphis), John McCumber (UCLA), Jorge Valadez (San Antonio U.), and myself.