Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Benedikt Göcke - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2018
Catholic Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Within a few years of earning his doctorates in Catholic theology and philosophy, Benedikt Göcke has emerged as an outstanding scholar at the interfaces of analytical philosophy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of science. A junior professorship in philosophy of religion and philosophy of science was created especially for him at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in recognition of his creativity and novel contributions to the interdisciplinary discourse of theology. Göcke is one of the few philosophers and theologians who engage intensively in a dialogue between ‘analytical’ discourses as typical of the English-speaking world and the ‘hermeneutic’ discourses that characterise continental European thought. Göcke’s research also reveals an independent scholarly profile with respect to new perspectives on ‘classical’ topoi of philosophy of religion, metaphysics and anthropology.