Thomas Rentsch (born 1954) studied Philosophy, Literature, and Protestant Theology and completed his studies with a PhD in 1982. In 1988, he habilitated with a study on the constitution of morality, and became co-editor of the “Historisches Wörterbuch zur Philosophie” (Historical Dictionary of Philosophy). In 1992, Thomas Rentsch accepted the chair for Philosophy with Special Regard to Practical Philosophy and Ethics at the Philosophical Institute of Dresden University of Technology and is now acting as the institute’s director. In his studies, he concentrates on religious philosophy, philosophy of language, the history of metaphysics, and philosophical anthropology. As a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s expert commission on “Ziele in der Altenpolitik” (“Aims of Old Age Policy”), Thomas Rentsch has advised politicians since 2001. Over the course of the last years, his research has focused on critically examining the question why old age is exclusively seen as a defect in the public eye. This topic has been at the centre of his cooperative project “Gutes Leben im hohen Alter angesichts von Verletzlichkeit und Endlichkeit” (“Living Well in Old Age in the Face of Fragility and Finiteness”; 2009-2012), among others.
Important Publications: Gutes Leben im Alter. Die philosophischen Grundlagen (2012; eds. T. Rentsch, M. Vollmann); Gutes Leben im hohen Alter. Das Altern in seinen Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten und Entwicklungsgrenzen verstehen (2012; eds. T. Rentsch, A. Kruse, H.-P. Zimmermann); Id.: Altern in unserer Zeit. Späte Lebensphasen zwischen Vitalität und Endlichkeit (2013).