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Werner Krieglstein

Werner J. Krieglstein
Werner Krieglstein on stage
Born (1941-10-31) October 31, 1941
Blatnice (Plzeň-North District), Germany (now Czech Republic)
Era 20th / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Frankfurt School  · critical theory
Main interests
social theory  · feminist theory  · perspectivism  · transcendentalism  · aesthetics
Notable ideas
Transcendental Perspectivism  · Work with collective orchestration

Werner Josef Krieglstein (born October 31, 1941), a Fulbright Scholar and University of Chicago fellow,[1] is an award winning[2] and internationally recognized scholar, director and actor. Krieglstein is the founder of a neo-Nietzschean philosophical school called Transcendental Perspectivism. Krieglstein's "philosophy of compassion"[3] has been the subject of symposium lectures at many prominent conferences including the UNESCO section of the World Congress of Philosophy conference in Seoul Korea (August, 2008),[4] the ISAIL "Fields of Conflict-Fields of Wisdom": 4th International Congress in Wuerzburg, Germany (May, 2008),[5] the meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Washington D.C. (Symposium Chair: Sept. 2006),[6] and the ISUD Fourth World Conference of the International Society for Universal Dialogue (Summer, 2001),[1] among many others.


  • Career 1
    • Academic background 1.1
    • Actor and director 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • Philosophy 3
  • Awards and academic achievements 4
  • Publications 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Academic background

Krieglstein was born in 1941 at Blatnice, (near Plzeň), at the time an annexed part of Nazi Germany's Sudetenland (present-day Blatnice, Czech Republic). Following the post-war Expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia, he relocated near Frankfurt, Germany.[7][8] In the Sixties, Krieglstein was a student at the Frankfurt School in Germany with Theodor W. Adorno. In his first book, Krieglstein credits the roots of his passion for the transformative aspects of philosophy to the tutelage of Adorno. As a German Jew, Adorno returned to Germany almost immediately after WWII ended with the goal of challenging the indoctrination many university students had received in Hitler's youth education programs.[8] Before moving to the United States, Krieglstein also studied at the Free University of Berlin.[2] Following his studies in Germany, Krieglstein pursued his doctorate at the University of Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar and University Fellow.[1]

Krieglstein has held teaching positions at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He currently is professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at the College of DuPage, where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003[2] and the Distinguished Regional Humanities Educator Award[2] from the Community College Humanities Association in 2008. In addition to his role as professor, Krieglstein is a course director at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia,[9] and a board member of the International Society for Universal Dialogue.[10] His philosophy of compassion is also finding an audience within the education reform movement, with symposium lectures at AEPL "Reclaiming the Wisdom Tradition for Education" conference in Northern California (May, 2008),[11] the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, TX (May, 2007),[12] and the CCHA Creating Communities Conference hosted by the University of Chicago (Nov, 2006).[13]

Actor and director

While at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Krieglstein rose to prominence in theater when he was appointed as director of the avant-garde theater, Die Neue Bühne, at the Goethe University. While writing for the theater's paper, he interviewed members of The Living Theater including Jerzy Grotowski, and was fortunate enough to study mime under Marceau student Jeanne Winkler.[5] An ISAIL bio notes that "his black light production of Kafka's The Metamorphosis was performed over two hundred times at both European and American festivals."[5][14] After emigrating to the US and while teaching at Western Michigan University in 1976, he founded and directed a small rural theater company in Lawrence, Michigan known as the Whole Arts Theater, which later moved to Kalamazoo.[15] Michigan's official tourism site describing Krieglstein's founding of the Whole Art Theater. More recently, Krieglstein has shifted his acting focus to film. In the past few years, he has worked on several independent films including 'Urban Ground Squirrels' by Wiggle Puppy Productions, Chicago (Mark Krieglstein, 2002)[16] and the internationally known 'Light Denied'[17][18][19][20] by Delos Films, Warsaw (Paweł Kuczyński, 2008),[21] along with a few smaller films.

Personal life

Werner and Maryann Krieglstein posing on their Michigan farm in the late 1970s

Krieglstein is married to Maryann Krieglstein.[22] After attaining his PhD, the two lived in a few places around the world including Glen Ellyn, Illinois, home to the College of DuPage where he would begin his almost 20 year professorship. Together, Maryann and Werner have five sons and one grandson: Robin (07/01/71), married to Suruchi have a son named Milan (03/14/09); Mark (02/25/75); Daniel (03/31/79), married to Andrea Trocchio; Thomas (12/05/80), married to Annie Colbert; and Michael (09/02/84).[7][8]


Transcendental Perspectivism is a hybrid philosophy blending Friedrich Nietzsche's Perspectivism and the utopian ideals of the Transcendentalism movement. Transcendental Perspectivism challenges Nietzsche's claim that there is no absolute truths while fully accepting his observation that all truth can only be known in the context of ones perception. This is accomplished through an appreciation of the emotional relationship between two perceptions (the "perceiver" and the "other"). In the simplest of terms, a transcendental truth can only be known when two individuals come to agree on the truth by either force or cooperation, thus working together to build a shared reality.

Awards and academic achievements


  • Krieglstein, Werner (1992). The Dice-Playing God. University of Michigan: University Press of America.  
  • Krieglstein, Werner (2002). Compassion, A New Philosophy of the Other. Amsterdam: Rodopi.  
  • Krieglstein, Werner (2006). Compassionate Thinking, An Introduction to Philosophy. Dubuque, IA.: Kendall Hunt Pub. Co.  
  • Krieglstein, Werner (2007). "Toward a Naturalistic Foundation of Community: How Science Can Solve the Spiritual Crisis?". In Ott, Michael R. The Future of Religion: Toward a Reconciled Society. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV. pp. 343–364.  
  • Krieglstein, Werner (2010). Einstein's Mistake. Glen Ellyn: Vision Media.  

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Werner Krieglstein". Liberal Arts:Faculty and Staff.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Werner Krieglstein". Division Awards. Community College Humanities Association. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Krieglstein, Werner (2002). Compassion: A New Philosophy of the Other. Amsterdam: Rodopi B.V.  
  4. ^ "Detailed programmes for UNESCO Conferences in Seoul 3-5 August, 2008".  
  5. ^ a b c "Invited Presenters among other:". "Fields of Conflict-Fields of Wisdom": 4th International Congress. Institute for Systemic Constellations and Integrative Solutions (ISAIL). Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Collective Memory, Philosophical Reflection, and World Peace".  
  7. ^ a b Krieglstein, Werner (1992). "Building the Smallest Democracy at the Heart of Society". The Creative Woman (University Park, IL: Governors State University) 12 (2): 4–8.  
  8. ^ a b c Krieglstein, Werner (1991). The Dice-Playing God: Reflections on Life in a Postmodern Age. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.  
  9. ^ "27 / Philosophy, Science and Spirituality". Academic Programme. Interuniversity Center Dubrovnik (IUC). Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Board of Directors".  
  11. ^ "The Power of Partnership Education to Augment the Real Wealth of Nations: And How Dominator Education Puts Nations, and Children, at Risk". Reclaiming the Wisdom Tradition for Education:2008 Conference Schedule. AEPL. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence:2007 Conference Program". NISOD. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "CCHA Creating Communities Conference:Central Program". Community College Humanities Association. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  14. ^ Smith, Sid (July 5, 1990). "Metamorphosis` Needs A Few Changes".  
  15. ^ "Whole Art Theatre Epic Center Theatre". Michigan's Official Travel and Tourism Site. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "Urban Ground Squirrels". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Light denied". Documentaries/Fiction. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Fesenmaier, Steve (24 October 2007). "Light Denied-a new film about Nietzsche". Charleston Gazette of Charleston Virginia. Retrieved 4 June 2009. Of all the films I have seen on philosophy including ones by people like Godard and Syberberg, none packs more intense images about the meaning of philosophy into its 64 minutes than this film. 
  19. ^ "Light Denied". Daily Herald of Suburban Chicago. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Antiquariat Thomas Haker". Thomashaker. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  21. ^ "Light Denied official website". Delos Films. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Faculty Spotlight: Maryann Krieglstein".  

External links

  • Transcendental Perspectivism: The Third Enlightenment 'Home Page'
  • Transcendental Perspectivism on MySpace
  • Light Denied - Trailer on YouTube
  • Krieglstein's video lecture on the "Meaning of Life" (Italy, 2004) on YouTube
  • Krieglstein's video lecture on "action and reflection" on YouTube
  • Krieglstein in Chinese (conference paper)
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