Helmut Pape studied Philosophy, Sociology and English Philology at Universität Hamburg. From 1977 to 1987 he was a research associate at the Institute for Language and Semiotic Studies of Indiana University, Bloomington. Following this, he attended a Ph D program in 1981 at Universität Hamburg with a thesis on Charles S. Peirce`s Philosophy and Semiotics. After having received his doctorate he worked as a documentalist for contemporary historical books by the Spiegel-Buch Verlag. From 1982 to 1985 he worked in France as an author, philosopher and translator of science-fiction novels and organised several philosophic conferences in collaboration with the „Academie du Midi“. After occupations at Universität Freiburg and at the Center of Philosophy and Science in Pittsburgh where he investigated the geometry of the visible, he habilitated at Universität Hannover with a work on the meaning and modes of being of visual qualities. Since 2001 Helmut Pape has been an extracurricular professor for Philosophy at Universität Bamberg where he leaded an editorial project on the Lowell-Lectures on Logic held by Charles S. Peirce in 1903. Besides that he held a fellowship at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover with a work on „The Basics of an Anthropology and Ethics of Humanity“ and a fellowship at the DFG-project „Bildakt und Verkörperung“ at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In winter 2012/13 he was visiting professor at the Institute of Philosophy of Universität Wien. During his time at Topoi Prof. Pape will carry out researches within the research group (C-1) Deixis and Frames of Reference.

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