Short CV/Education and training

  • 1961 – 1963
    Studied German philology and musicology, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1963 – 1968
    Studied philosophy and classical philology, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1969 – 1971
    Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 1972 – 1978
    Instructor and visiting assistant professor at various universities in the USA

  • 1978 – 1985
    Rutgers University, NJ, USA, Department of Philosophy

  • 1985 – 1991
    Swarthmore College, PA, USA, Department of Philosophy

  • 1991 – 2006
    University of Hamburg, Department of Philosophy

  • Since 2006
    University of California

Selected publications

  • Frede, D.: Aristoteles und die Seeschlacht. Das Problem der Contingentia Futura in De interpretatione 9. Göttingen 1970.

  • Frede, D.: Platon, Philebos. Translation with commentary, Göttingen 1997.

  • Frede, D.: Platons Phaidon. Der Traum von der Unsterblichkeit der Seele, Darmstadt 1999.

  • Frede, D.: Heideggers Tragödie – Bemerkungen zur Bedeutung seiner Philosophie. Sitzungsberichte der Joachim Jungius-Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften. Hamburg 17, 1999.


Selected projects

  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Translation with commentary

  • Plato, Timaeus – the connection between cosmology and politics

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Honorary professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, since 2008

  • Member of the scientific commission of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, 2005 – 2009

  • Chairperson of the review board for philosophy of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2008

  • First president of the Society for Ancient Philosophy (Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie), 2004 – 2007

  • Foreign Member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, since 2001

  • Regular member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, since 2001

  • Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Institute for Advanced Study, 2000 – 2001

  • Senior Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, Washington, USA, 1998 – 2003

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Music, literature


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