Research & Institution
Department of Philosophy
Jan-Christoph Heilinger is academic director of the Ethics-Centre at the University of Munich, Germany. He also has an appointment as permanent visiting professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
He studied philosophy at the Universities of Cologne, Paris (IV-Sorbonne and X-Nanterre), and Berlin (Humboldt) where he received his doctoral degree in philosophy in 2009. After working for Walter de Gruyter publishers (2003–2004), he pursued his research at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2005–2010), and the Ethics-Centre at the University of Zurich (2010–2013) before taking up the appointment in Munich in 2013. Jan has taught philosophy at the Universities of Berlin (HU), Halle, Zurich (UZH), St. Gallen and Munich (LMU). Furthermore, he has held visiting positions at the Ethics-Centre of the University of Zurich (2008) and the departments of philosophy at Columbia University (2009), New York University (2011), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2012), the University of Sydney (2017) and the University of Auckland (2017).
He has published and lectured in the field of moral philosophy, political philosophy, applied ethics, and philosophical anthropology. Currently, Jan is particularly interested in problems of global ethics and global justice, discussing moral responsibilities with regard to global challenges and structural injustice. He strongly believes that education, research and the careful use of knowledge can make the world a better place.