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Thomas Metzinger

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Thomas Metzinger
Metzinger in 2022
Born (1958-03-12) 12 March 1958 (age 66)
EducationGoethe University Frankfurt
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Giessen
University of Osnabruck
University of Mainz
Main interests
Notable ideas
Phenomenal Self model (PSM)

Thomas Metzinger (born 12 March 1958) is a German philosopher and Professor Emeritus of theoretical philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. As of 2011, he is an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, a co-founder of the German Effective Altruism Foundation, president of the Barbara Wengeler Foundation, and on the advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation and the MIND Foundation . From 2008 to 2009, he served as a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study; from 2014 to 2019, he was a Fellow at the Gutenberg Research College; from 2019 to 2022, he was awarded a Senior-Forschungsprofessur by the Ministry of Science, Education and Culture. From 2018 to 2020, Metzinger worked as a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. In 2022 he was elected into the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Metzinger is a founding member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, where he was a member of the board from 1995 to 2008, and the president from 2009 to 2011.[1] From 2005 to 2007 he was president of the German Cognitive Science Society. In 2019 he founded the MPE project.


  • (1985) Neuere Beiträge zur Diskussion des Leib-Seele-Problems. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 3-8204-8927-4
  • (1993) Subjekt und Selbstmodell. Die Perspektivität phänomenalen Bewußtseins vor dem Hintergrund einer naturalistischen Theorie mentaler Repräsentation. mentis, Paderborn, ISBN 3-89785-081-8
  • (2003) Being No One. The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts., ISBN 0-262-13417-9 (Hardcover)/ISBN 0262633086 (Paperback)
  • (2009) The Ego Tunnel - The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self Basic Books, New York, ISBN 0-465-04567-7
  • (2009) Der Ego-Tunnel - Eine neue Philosophie des Selbst: Von der Hirnforschung zur Bewusstseinsethik Berlin Verlag, Berlin, ISBN 3-8270-0630-9
  • (2010) Der Ego Tunnel. Eine neue Philosophie des Selbst: Von der Hirnforschung zur Bewusstseinsethik. Berlin: Berlin Verlag. eBook ISBN 978-3-8270-7037-1
  • (2011) Being No One. The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. Kindle edition; ASIN: B004ELBJ56
  • (2023) Bewusstseinskultur - Spiritualität, intellektuelle Redlichkeit und die planetare Krise. Berlin, Berlin Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8270-1488-7
  • (2023) Der Elefant und die Blinden. Berlin Verlag, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-8270-1487-0
  • (2024) The Elephant and the Blind. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press ISBN 978-0-2625-4710-9


  1. ^ "About Us". theASSC.org. Retrieved 17 June 2022.

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