Professor Christian Thies
"In philosophy, research is above all a matter of thinking intensively about questions that are central to our life, and that is a process that can take years. Conversations with colleagues, but also with the students in the teaching events, are an important part of it. I base my thought processes on the classical works from the history of philosophy and insights gained in the empirical sciences, but also on ideas from the religions and arts. In most cases, no additional funds are necessary at all; it is more important for my philosophic research for me to be alone and free."