born 1944 in Bern, has been a professor for Analytical Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. Previously he also worked as a professor in Heidelberg, Bielefeld and Marburg. He is a member of the Göttinger Akademie der Wissenschaften, has received the Lichtenberg-Medaille and was appointed honorary doctor of Universität Luzern. Under the pseudonym Pascal Mercier, Bieri published four novels including “Nachtzug nach Lissabon” and “Lea”. He has received the Marie-Luise Kaschnitz Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour for his literary work.