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Uwe Czaniera

Faculty of Cultural Studies
Department of Philosophy

Born in Bremen in 1967, I started studying philosophy there in 1988. I was mainly interested in questions of bioethics, but due to the heated debate around Peter Singer’s “Practical Ethics” I developed an interest in the question how to justify moral principles in the first place. Thus I was led into metaethics and the philosophy of science.

From 1993 to 1995 I was involved in the LOGO FILM project. We conducted interviews with major figures in philosophy (Richard Hare, Willard Van Orman Quine, Hans Albert etc.) and assembled them to a film that should give a vivid picture of the methods and point of analytic philosophy. You may view the film online:

Teil I: Was machen Philosophen?
Teil II: Die Geschichte der Analytischen Philosophie
Teil III: Anwendung - Künstliche Intelligenz
Teil IV: Anwendung - Ethik
Teil V: Logik - Begründung - Erklärung
Teil VI: Warum Philosophie?

I came to Bayreuth in 1996 where I completed my Ph.D. thesis in 2000. The resulting book Gibt es moralisches Wissen? (Is there Moral Knowledge?) is concerned with the so-called “cognitivism debate” in metaethics. It argues that although there is no moral knowledge in a sense that may be compared to scientific knowledge, it may well be possible to distinguish between reasonable and non-reasonable moral principles. The heroes of this book are David Hume and Richard Hare.

Since 2000 I have been deeply involved in the development of the P&E programme. I have always been convinced that a well-run P&E programme could contribute much not only to the academic, but also to the real world. I am very much at home in the P&E engine room.


My main areas are:

  • General Philosophy of Science (Verificationism, Critical Rationalism, Coherentism)
  • Theories of Ethics (Consequentialism, Deontologism, Virtue Ethics)
  • Metaethics (Cognitivism vs. Noncognitivism)

Other topics I am interested in:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Special questions in the Philosophy of Science (Science vs. Pseudo-Science, History of the Natural Sciences, Relation between the Natural Sciences and Philosophy, Role of Thought Experiments)
  • Bioethics

If you would ask me to recommend some authors in philosophy, I would name David Hume, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Popper, John Leslie Mackie, Simon Blackburn, Richard Hare and Gerhard Vollmer.


You find my current and past courses on the P&E intranet.

Han shoots first!

Uwe Czaniera

Faculty of Cultural Studies
Department of Philosophy


Uwe Czaniera

Faculty of Cultural Studies
Department of Philosophy

Dr. Uwe Czaniera


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