Associate Professor Dr. Bruno NIEDERBACHER, S.J., MTh.

Department of Christian Philosophy
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1 (room 117)
A-6020 Innsbruck

Tel.: +43 512 507-85026
Fax: +43 512 507-85099

Office hours: On appointment

Research Interests:

Metaethics, Thomas Aquinas, Philosophy of Spirituality

With Alexander Löffler SJ (Frankfurt) Editor of Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie.

Bruno Niederbacher S.J. is associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck.

He got his PhD from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau with a thesis about "Faith as a Virtue in Thomas Aquinas". His main research interests are in medieval philosophy, metaethics and epistemology. His major publications are:



  • Immediate Cognition of God. Aquinas on Rapture. In: Disputatio Philosophica 2 (2000), 71-88.
  • The Epistemology of Moral Belief in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In: Universitas. Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture (Taiwan) 396 (Mai 2007), 37-58.
  • The Same Body Again? Thomas Aquinas on the Numerical Identity of the Resurrected Body. In: Georg Gasser (ed.), Personal Identity and Resurrection. How Do We Survive Our Death? Aldershot: Ashgate 2010, 145-159.
  • The Relation of Reason to Faith. In: Brian Davies / Eleonore Stump (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Oxford 2012, 337-347.
  • Knowledge as Achievement and the Value Problem. In: Christoph Jäger / Winfried Löffler (Hg.), Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement. Proceedings of the 34th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2011. Frankfurt 2012: Ontos Verlag, 147-153.
  • Emotion und Entscheidung - Erkenntnistheoretische Bemerkungen zur kognitiven Funktion affektiver Zustände in den Geistlichen Übungen des Ignatius von Loyola. In: Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie 135, 2013, 212-229.
  • The human soul: Augustine's case for soul-body dualism. In: Meconi, David; Stump, Eleonore (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Augustine, 2nd edition, Cambridge 2014, 125-141.
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