Philologisches Seminar

AOR apl. Prof. Dr. Manfred Kraus


Wilhelmstraße 36 (Ground floor, Room 14)
72074 Tübingen
Fon: +49 7071 / 29—74978
E-Mail: manfred.krausspam

Office Hours

by appointment

Curriculum vitae

  • March 2022 Retirement
  • 2021 Adjunct Professor for Classics
  • 2019 Habilitation in Classics with Special Emphasis on the History of Rhetoric
  • 2006 Akademischer Oberrat (senior tenured lecturer)
  • 2003 Associate Editor of Rhetorica – A Journal of the History of Rhetoric (Berkeley, USA)
  • October 1998 Akademischer Rat (tenured lecturer) at the Seminar for Classical Studies at the Univer­sity of Tübingen
  • 1992-2015 Contributor to Historisches Wör­ter­buch der Rhetorik, Tübingen
  • 1982-1992 Assistant Professor at the Classics Department of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • 1984 Dr. phil. in Greek with a thesis on “Name und Sache. Ein Problem im frühgriechischen Denken” (“Name and Object: A Problem in Early Greek Thinking”).
  • 1983 M.A. in Greek, Latin and Medieval German Literature
  • 1982 Secondary School Teaching Qualification in Greek, Latin and German Literature.
  • 1975-1982 Academic Studies of Greek, Latin and German Literature at Ludwig-Maxi­milians-Universität München and Oxford University (Brasenose College).
  • 1974 Graduation from Secondary School
  • Born May 1, 1955 in Passau (Bavaria)

Appointments and Awards

  • 2017-2019 President International Society for the Study of Jesuit Rhetoric
  • 2014-2016 Vice-President Chinese Rhetoric Society of the World
  • 2013-2015 President International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • 2011-2013 Vice President International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • 2010-2011 Residential Research Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2009 Research Fellowship of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • 2003-2007 Member of Executive Council of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric

Memberships in Professional Associations

  • Mommsen-Gesellschaft (since1984)
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR, since1995)
  • Inter­national Society for the Classical Tradition (ISCT, since1997)
  • Inter­national Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA, since 2000)
  • International Plato Society (IPS, since 2003)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA, since 2008)
  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA, since 2008)
  • Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT, since 2009)
  • Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA, since 2010)
  • Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE, since 2011)
  • Chinese Rhetoric Society of the World (CSRW, since 2012)
  • Organización Iberoamericana de Retórica (since 2014)
  • International Society for the Study of Jesuit Rhetoric (ISSJR, since 2017)
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Retórica (SBR, since 2018)

Research Interests

  • Greek Philosophy, especially Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle
  • Philosophy of Language in Antiquity
  • Poetics und Aesthetics of Greek Tragedy
  • Theory and Practice of Ancient Rhetoric and its Aftermath in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era
  • Theory of Argumentation
  • Reception of Ancient Progymnasmatic Manuals in Early Modern Times

Current Research Projects

  • A narratological poetics of Greek tragedy
  • Early Modern reception of Eleatic philosophy
  • Collection and bibliogaphical recording of traceable Neo-Latin translations of Aphthonius’ Progymnasmata
  • Commented German translation of Aphthonius’ Progymnasmata
  • Monograph on the early modern aftermath of Aphthonius’ Progymnasmata; possibly with critical edition of the translation with scholia and extended examples by Reinhard Lorich (1542, 1546)
  • New German translation of Demosthenes, Or. 27-41
  • Edition and commented German translation of Galfrid of Vinsauf’s Poetria Nova
  • New German translation of the Rhetoric to Alexander

Other Scholarly Activities

Membership in Editorial Boards:

  • Papers on Rhetoric (Bologna, Italy)
  • International Studies in the History of Rhetoric (Leiden, Netherlands)
  • New Handbook of Argumentation Theory (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • International Rhetoric Studies (Beijing, PR China)
  • Korean Journal of Rhetoric (Seoul, Korea)
  • Argumentation et analyse du discours (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Revista Española de Retórica (Madrid, Spain)

Reviewer for Periodicals:

  • Argumentation (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Informal Logic (Windsor, ON, Canada)
  • Renaissance Studies (Oxford, UK)
  • Rhetorica (Berkeley, CA, USA)
  • Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • eTopoi. Journal of Ancient Studies (Berlin)
  • Historia Einzelschriften (Berlin)
  • Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (Berlin)
  • Argumentation and Advocacy (Urbana, IL, USA)

Referee for International Research Funds:

  • Institut Universitaire de France (Paris, France)
  • Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (Rome, Italy)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Den Haag, Netherlands)
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Brussels, Belgium)

Referee and Jury Member in International Doctoral and Habilitation Examinations:

  • Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
  • Université Paris-Est Créteil (France)
  • Université de Strasbourg (France)
  • Université Paul Valéry Montpellier (France)
  • Université de Paris Sorbonne (France)
  • École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris, France)
  • Lunds Universitet (Sweden)
  • Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
  • Tartu Ülikool (Estonia)

List of Publications

My list of publications can be downloaded here as a pdf-file.