Notes on Contributors


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Mumia Abu-Jamal was a radio journalist in Philadelphia, known as “the voice of the voiceless”. He won a Major Armstrong Award for radio journalism, and was named one of Philadelphia’s “people to watch” in 1981 by Philadelphia magazine. He was president of the Association of Black Journalists in Philadelphia. In December of 1981, Mumia was shot by a Philadelphia cop when he intervened in a street incident where the cop was beating his brother with a flashlight. The police officer was also shot and killed, and witnesses saw other men run from the scene. When police arrived, they beat the wounded Mumia before taking him to the hospital, and he was charged with murder. Mumia has spent 19 years in prison, facing execution for a crime he did not commit. In 1995 he was put in disciplinary confinement for writing the book Live From Death Row (Addison-Wesley, 1995; Paperback by Avon, 1996). His other books are Death Blossoms (Plough Publishing, 1997, with a preface by Julia Wright, daughter of Richard Wright), Survival Is Still a Crime (Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal Press, 1990), and Still Black, Still Strong, Interviews with three political prisoners. by Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Mumia Abu-Jamal, & Assata Shakur (Semio-text, 1993). Homepages: / / 

Email of the coordinators of the free campaign: mumia @


Karl Baier is Assistant Professor at the  Institute of Philosophy of the catholic-theological Faculty at the Vienna University.  His main fields of specialisation and research are Phenomenology, Philosophy of the Middle Ages, intercultural Philosophy and interreligious Theology. His is author of many articles, of the booklets Wort-Ereignis Stille (Fischbachpresse: Texing 1997), Ortschaften des Erwachens (Diotima Presse: Obergrafendorf, 2000), and the book Yoga auf dem Weg nach Westen (Königshausen und Neumann: Würzburg 1998).


Email: karl.baier @


Nonka Bogomilova is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her main fields of specialisation and research are Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Anthropology. She was long years member of the Editorial Board of Filosofski alternativi. N. Bogomilova is co-editor and co-author of the collections Identities (Sofia, 1995) and Universal and National in Bulgarian Culture (Sofia, 1996), and author of the book Longing for the Absolute, Sofia, 1994.


Email: nbogomilova @


Angela Büchel Sladkovic is Research Associate at the Theological Faculty of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her fields of specialisation and research are centred on the link between politics and theology. She is working currently on a research project in fundamental theology (“Die Philosophie von Simone Weil als Herausforderung für die Fundamentaltheologie”) and on a dissertation on Simone Weil.

Email: angela.buechel @


Laurie Calhoun is the author of Philosophy Unmasked:  A Skeptic's Critique (University Press of Kansas, 1997) and numerous published essays, poems, and articles.  She has taught philosophy at the University of South Florida, SUNY College at Fredonia, and St. Cloud State University, and chemistry at California State University, Northridge.  Currently she lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Email: lcalhoun @


Stefania Dimitrova has obtained his M.A. in Psychology, and PhD in Sociology of Religion. She is President of the Foundation Madara Bulgaria. Her main fields of specialisation and research are the Problem of Time in Eastern Thought, the Problem of the Self, and Psychoanalytical Social Issues. She is author of many articles on Eastern Thought, and editor of “In Search of the Self at the Corner of XXI Century” (Sofia, 1999).


Email: madara @


Chris Doude van Troostwijk worked as philosophy lecturer at the Pedagogical and Theological Faculty in Amsterdam, and as a journalist at the Dutch Oecumenical Broadcasting Company. Amongst his more recent articles are “Magic and magicality: philosophical figures of self-overflow” (Ariès 21, Paris 1998); “The knowledge that we knew. Esthetical contemplation in Kant and Giacometti” (Boekencentrum, Zoetermeer 1999) and “The ‘différend’ and the name of God. Philosophical annotations to the translation of the tetragrammaton JHWH” (Tijdschrift voor Theologie 4, Nijmegen 1999). He translated Lyotard’s La confession d’Augustin into Dutch and wrote an introduction to it, entitled “Augustin on the seashore” (Baarn 1999). He is finishing a PhD on the philosophy of finding (trouvaille) at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam.

Email: CHDoudevanTroostwijk @


Roland Faber is Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Vienna, Austria. A research-fellowship 1995-1996 brought him to Los Angeles. His research and writings are focused on Contemporary Concepts of God, Eschatology, Mystical Theology, Theological Cosmology, and Process Theology, as well as on the Dialogue in Contemporary Philosophy/Theology (Deleuze, Whitehead, Bergson, Benjamin, Foucault, Vattimo), in Science/Theology (cosmology, quantum physics), and Buddhism/Christianity (Kyoto School, H. Tanabe). He published several books and articles in German and English, including the monographs Der Selbsteinsatz Gottes. Grundlegung einer Theologie des Leidens und der Veränderlichkeit Gottes (Würzburg 1995) and Freiheit, Theologie und Lehramt. Trinitätstheologische Grundlegung und wissenschaftstheoretischer Ausblick (Innsbruck 1992). His newest book: Prozeßtheologie. Zu ihrer Würdigung und kritischen Erneuerung (Mainz, 2000) was honored with the Kardinal-Innitzer-Prize in Theology. 


Email: roland.faber @


Anthony B. Kelly is Doctor (PhD) in Theology. He lives in South Australia and holds a BA in Philosophy, Sociology and Theology from Flinders University, did Honours in Philosophy in 1988 and Postgraduate work in Philosophy 1989-95 and in Theology 1996-1998. He has been a Board Member of the Inter-Church Trade and Industry Mission for years 1973-1977, and its Chairman in 1977-78. He was a member of the Flinders University Council 1981-84.  His dissertation on The Process of the Cosmos: Philosophical Theology and Cosmology is available in electronic and paperback format at He has published different articles in Quodlibet, the Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy. 

Email: ab_my_Kelly @


Thalia Gur-Klein has two M.A degrees, one in Linguistics and English and American Literature, achieved at Leiden University, and one in Jewish Studies from Amsterdam University. Her fields of specialisation and research are cenetered on Feminist Theology, Exegesis and Feminist Exegesis, Rabbinical Literature, Jewish mysticism and spirituality, Yiddish literature, and Jewish culture and

history. Actually she is working on a Ph.D. project, titled Some Like them Iconised; Jewish Females Sainthood, describing mystification and elevation of Jewish women.

Email: gurklein @


Rolf Kühn is Professor at Vienna University. His main fields of specialisation and research are Phenomenology and Contemporary French Philosophy. He is co-editor of Scham: Ein menschliches Gefühl. Kulturelle, psychologische und philosophische Perspektiven (Westdeutscher Verlag, Wiesbaden, 1997).  About his main publications are the books Leiblichkeit als Lebendigkeit (Alber Verlag, Freiburg, 1992), Existenz und Selbstaffektion in Therapie und Phänomenologie (Passagen Verlag, Wien), Leben als Bedürfen. Eine lebensphänomenologische Analyse zu Kultur und Wirtschaft (Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg, 1996) and Husserls Begriff der Passivität (Alber, Freiburg 1998).


Philippe Lauria has a M.A. in philosophy and PhD in economics. He has been lecturer at the university of Grenoble, and is working now on a dissertation about The Signification of transfinite ensembles and the ontology of G. Cantor at the J. Moulin University Lyon III. His main fields of specialisation and research are concentred on the intersection of epistemology, philosophy and ethics. He is author of different articles about responsibility, the civil pact of solidarity, recently voted in France, and power.

Email: philippe.lauria @


Hedwig Meyer-Wilmes is Professor of Feminist Theology at the Faculty of Systematic Theology and Religious Sciences of the Catholic University of Nijmegen (Holland), and the University of Leuwen (Belgium). She is also President of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR). She works currently on “Church-identities in postmodernity” and “Women experiences of religion in poesy”. She is editor of Frauenkirchen; Women Churches; Eglises de femmes (Grünewald, Mainz, 1995) and Feminist Perspectives in Pastoral Theology (1998), and author of the books /Engl.: Rebellion on the borders. Feminist Theology between Theory and Praxis (1995)/ and Zwischen lila und lavendel. Schritte feministischer Theologie (Pustet, Regensburg, 1996).


Email: H.MeyerWilmes @


Paul Ricœur is one of the most important contemporary French philosophers, and one of the principal representatives of philosophical Hermeneutics. He was professor of philosophy at the Universities of Strasbourg and Paris (the Sorbonne, Nanterre) and has been a visiting professor at numerous other universities, in particular at the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of over thirty honorary degrees from universities all over the world, and of many awards, including the Grand Prix de l'Académie française pour la philosophie (1991). Ricoeur has written on both, philosophical and theological issues in hermeneutics. His main works are Gabriel Marcel et Karl Jaspers (Paris, Temps Présent, 1948), Le volntaire et l’involontaire (Paris: Aubier, 1950) (Freedom and Nature: The Voluntary and the Involuntary, Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1966), Histoire et vérité (Paris: Seuil, 1955),  L’homme faillible (Paris: Aubier, 1960) (Engl.: Fallible Man, Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1965), Le symbolisme du mal (Paris: Aubier, 1960), (Engl.: The Symbolism of Evil, Boston: Beacon Press, 1969), De l’interprétation. Essay sur Freud (Seuil, Paris 1965), (Engl.: Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), Le conflit des interprétations (Paris: Seuil, 1969), (Engl.: The Conflict of Interpretations, Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1974), La métaphore vive (Paris: Seuil, 1975), (Engl.: The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977), Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action, and Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), Temps et récit, 3 vol. (Paris: Seuil, 1983, 1984, 1985), (Engl.: Time and Narrative, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984, 1985, 1988), Du texte à l 'action (Paris: Seuil, 1986),  Soi-même comme un autre (Paris: Seuil, 1990), (Engl.: Oneself As Another, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), Lectures, 3 vol. (Paris: Seuil, 1991, 1992, 1994).


Yvanka B. Raynova is Professor and Head of the Department for Contemporary European Philosophy and Gender Studies at the Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is also President of the Bulgarian Society for Francophone Philosophy and Culture, and Director of the Institute for Axiological Research, Vienna. She is Editor of different Collections on Contemporary Philosophy, and has translated into Bulgarian Sartre’s L’être et le néant and Ricoeur’s Le conflit des interprétations. About her main publications are the books From Existential Philosophy to Postpersonalism (1992), From Husserl to Ricoeur (1993), Jean-Paul Sartre, the Philosopher without God, 2 vol. (1995), Philosophy at the End of XX Century (1995).

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Email: raynova @ or yvanka.raynova @  


Radek Rzepoluch is a freelanced philosopher from Przemystka, Poland, also a painter, a poet, and a composer. He devoted himself to individual creative thinking and arts, out of the academic “milieu”. Some of his philosophical essays and impressive digital artworks can be found on the web. Homepages:

Email: aazrane @  


Ilse M. Seifried is pedagogue, member of the Rosa Luxemburg Institute, Vienna. She is editor with Martina Dutter-Jonas and Margarete Maurer of Lesetexte ohne Rollenklischees (RLI-Verlag, Wien 1997), and author of Das Frauenquiz. lustvolle Verirrungen im Labyrinth der Frauenfragen (1991), Gesucht und gefunden: Mädchenfreundlliche Kinderbücher (RLI-Verlag, Wien 1996). Recently lse M. Seifried has organized an exhibition on labyrinths in St. Pölten, Austria – Die Kunst zu wandeln: Das Labyrinth, Mythos und Wirklichkeit (Nov. 23, 1999 - Jan. 24, 2000).


Anna Sobieska is postgraduate student at the Departement of Ethics, University of Lodz, Poland. She works actually on feminist critic of traditional ethics.

Email: asobiesk @


Peter Steeves is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of DePaul University, Chicago. He has taught at Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. His main areas of teaching and research include applied ethics (especially animal/environmental and bioethics), social and political philosophy (especially communitarianism), Latin American philosophy, and phenomenology (especially the work of Edmund Husserl). He has published Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry (Kluwer, 1998) and is the editor and a contributor to Animal Others: On Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life (SUNY, 1999).

Email: psteeves @