Professor of Philosophy, Chair for Practical Philosophy
Head of Department 

T +41 41 229 57 10
F +41 41 229 55 35

Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 3.A43

Consultation hour during semester:
Wednesdays, 13:00–14:00 (room 3.A43 or Zoom)
(no appointment necessary)


Professor Martin Hartmann was appointed to the Chair of Practical Philosophy by the University of Lucerne in February 2011.
Professor Hartmann studied philosophy, comparative literature und sociology at the University of Constance, the London School of Economics and the Freie Universität in Berlin. He received his PhD with a thesis entitled "Kreativität der Gewohnheit. Grundzüge einer pragmatistischen Demokratietheorie (The Creativity of Habit: Principles of a Pragmatist Theory of Democracy)" at the Goethe University Frankfurt in 2001 where he also qualified in 2009 as a professor (Habilitation) with a thesis entitled "Die Praxis des Vertrauens (The Practice of Trust)".
While a scientific assistant and lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the Goethe-University Professor Martin Hartmann was also a research associate at the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt (Institut für Sozialforschung). He was a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago and the "Maison des Sciences de l’Homme" in Paris and an associate professor at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Goethe University Frankfurt. For the academic year 2018–2019 he was member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Since February 2020, he holds the position as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Martin Hartmann is Associate Member of the Board of the "Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne (GSL)", a doctoral study programme for highly qualified students. He conducts the Lucerne Master Class.

Furthermore, he is Scientific Director of the Executive MAS "Philosophy + Management" at the University of Lucerne. 


Research Priorities

  • Political Philosophy: Pragmatism, Trust, Democratic Theory
  • Social Philosophy: Critical Theory, Emotions
  • Practical Philosophy: Critique of Neuroscience 



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Vested interests


  • European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions, Board member, Switzerland, 2015–
  • Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie (ZfPP), Wissenschaftalicher Beirat, Austria, 2014–

Functions and services for other Higher Educational Institutions or research organisations

  • Member of a scientific advisory board, Horizon2020 Trust in Governance, 2020–