The International Institute for Hermeneutics


Andrzej Wiercinski

IIH President

My intellectual formation involved ongoing interdisciplinary education in an international setting: Lublin, Freiburg i.Br., London, Boston, Berkeley, Munich, and Toronto. By immersing myself in the global historical conversation between disciplines, I have discovered the intrinsic relationship between the humanities, especially the kinship of philosophy, theology, and literature  

My doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Lublin, completed after my studies and research at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg i.Br., my doctorate in Theology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and my work on Gustav Siewerth's metaphysics at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, describe the range of my academic expertise. Although the focus of my work is research and writing, I direct advanced academic projects. My varied interests converge on a fundamental conviction that education is interdisciplinary.

In 2001 I founded the International Institute for Hermeneutics, an autonomous, international, and interdisciplinary research institute to foster and articulate a general hermeneutics, a task demanding an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration on a level that does not yet exist in the contemporary university. The IIH is concentrated on philosophy, religious studies, comparative literature, and the social sciences, trying to overcome the divisions that have encumbered the academic conversation, divisions between faculties, disciplines, cultures, languages, and religious traditions.

I have been a Research Professor in Hermeneutics St Bonaventure University (2000-2002), University of Toronto (2002-2008), and Privatdozent and Außerplanmäßiger Professor (Professor extra numerum), Philosophy of Religion, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg i.Br. (2007-2016). Currently I am Professor of General Education and Philosophy of Education, Department of Education, University of Warsaw. I hold Visiting Fellowships/Professorships at distinguished Universities: Boston College, University of California at Berkeley, University of Toronto, Philosophische Hochschule, München, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.