Dr. Thomas Arnold is an assistant professor at the philosophical seminary of the University of Heidelberg, where he researches metaphysics and phenomenology, teaches formal logic during the winter term, and where he is responsible for the academic management of Erasmus and similar programs. He has published one monograph, several academic papers and reviews, and essays directed at a more general population. He has also presented lectures at various universities in places such as Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, and Lisbon. Thomas studied philosophy and classics at Heidelberg University, with his doctorate dissertation on Husserl and Plato. His post-doctoral research was with the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen. Since 2008, Thomas has taught philosophy and the history of ideas to school children for the Humanismus heute foundation. Thomas is married and has a daughter who was born in 2014. In his free time, he plays the violin in an orchestra and works toward obtaining his Taekwondo black belt.
“Reason is a matter of habit. We offer the opportunity to develop it.”
Learn more about Thomas’ Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Updated June 2021
More from Thomas Arnold
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold - Philosophy in Action
Humanity in Action spoke to Landecker fellow Thomas Arnold to check in on his Action Project.
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold discusses Philosophy and Laziness
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold and his colleagues discuss laziness, work and the meaning of life.
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold answers the question: Can anyone become a philosopher?
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold discusses whether anyone can become a philosopher for Armchair Opinions.
Philosophy and design
Landecker Democracy Fellow Thomas Arnold will have a dialogue about Philosophy and design concerning the questions "what are they" and "should we get rid of them?" This dialogue is part of his Alfred Landecker Fellowship project and it will take place on May 20th, 2021 at 8:00 pm CEST.
Philosophy of Arguing: Workshop led by Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold
As part of his Fellowship project, Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Thomas Arnold will be leading an online workshop, which will be focused on the rhetoric and philosophy of arguing that can be helpful for future teachers and educators.
Public philosophy as a tool of logical empowerment
Landecker Fellow Thomas Arnold was recently interviewed in an episode of Find Out Why_ It's Trustworthy. In this episode, Thomas discusses the importance of using reason and logic in everyday life.
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows Discuss Protecting Democracy After Attack on US Capitol
Landecker Fellows gathered to debrief the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the implications this assault has had on the future of democracy--an assault fueled by conspiracy theories and former US President Donald Trump himself. From there, they deliberated on how we can depolarize our communities and call civil society into action in order to protect and strengthen democratic societies.
Hypatia Project for Public Philosophy
Landecker Democracy Fellow Dr. Thomas Arnold is an assistant professor at the philosophical seminary of the University of Heidelberg. His project will offer trainings on public philosophy.