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Gerhard Ernst

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ernst, born 1971 in Germany, is professor of philosophy at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Ernst studied philosophy, logic and philosophy of science as well as physics in Kaiserslautern and Munich; 2004 he qualified as a professor in both logic and philosophy of science. In 2008 he took a position at Stuttgart University, since 2012 he holds a professorship at the University Erlangen-Nuernberg. From 2005 through 2010 Ernst was a member of the Junge Akademie. He is co-editor of the Spectrum Philosophie series as well as of the journal Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung.

Ernst´s scientific interests are metaethics and theory of action, epistemology and philosophy of science. In several publications Ernst also raised the issue to what extent a philosophical account of ethics can be placed in terms consistent with a naturalistic position. He suggests to think of morality as being related to the natural world in a similar way as sciences are themselves. Both, science and morality are faculties of human reason.

Among a number of articles in edited volumes and journals he has published following books: Das Problem des Wissens (2002); Die Zunahme der Entropie. Eine Fallstudie zum Problem nomologischer Reduktion (2003); Einführung in die Erkenntnistheorie (2007); Die Objektivität der Moral (2008).