Freelance philosopher, born in 1953, lives in Berlin and taught Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. For many years, he taught as a visiting professor in Riga, Latvia, and in Tiflis, Georgia, and worked as a "philosophical counsellor" at a hospital near Zurich, Switzerland. He is a sought-after guest speaker and has been giving lectures in China and South Korea since 2010. He was awarded the Meckatzer Prize for Philosophy in 2012 and the Egnér Prize in 2013. His works have been translated into 25 languages, his bestselling book GELASSENHEIT has sold over 600,000 copies.