Director of the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking

Director of the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking

Prof. Dr. Albrecht von Müller

Albrecht von Mueller is director of the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking and chairman of the board of trustees of the Parmenides Foundation, which he founded in 2000. He is teaching philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University and is co-editor of the Springer book series “On Thinking”.

After a PhD on „Time and Logic” at LMU, he was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and subsequently became head of the research program “Stability-oriented Security Policy” in the Max Planck Society. Later he was the founding director of EUCIS (European Center for International Security). In 1983, Müller developed the idea of a mutual defence dominance into a novel paradigm for conventional arms control (“strukturelle Nichtangriffsfähigkeit”), which became a leitmotif of the CFE treaty. He developed the first modular visual reasoning language, Eidos, with which he served as a scientific advisor to several governments, supranational institutions and large corporations. He served as member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institutes of Neurobiology and Biochemistry. He was a guest scientist and lectured at many universities and research centers, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, MIT, La Sapienza (Rome) and SISSA (Trieste). Müller publishes in the fields of philosophy, theoretical physics, complexity theory, cognitive science and political studies.


Selected Publications

Filk, T. & von Müller, A (2008): Evolutionary Learning of Small Networks. In: Complexity, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp 43- 54;

Filk, T. & von Müller, A. (2009): Quantum Physics and Consciousness: The Quest for a Common Conceptual Foundation. Mind and Matter, Vol. 7 (1), 59-80;

von Müller, A. (2010): Thought and Reality. In: Towards a Theory of Thinking, pp. 59-70. Heidelberg: Springer;

Filk. T & von Müller, A. (2010): A Categorical Framework for Quantum Theory. In: Annalen der Physik, Vol 522, Issue 11, 783–801;

von Müller, A. (2011): The Logic of Constellations. In: Culture and Neural Frames of Cognition and Communication, pp. 199-213. Heidelberg: Springer;

von Müller, A. (2012): On the Emergence and Relativity of the Local Spacetime Portrait of Reality. In: Welt der Gründe - Deutsches Jahrbuch für Philosophie Vol. 4, pp. 1233-1245. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag;

von Müller, A. (2015): The Forgotten Present. In: Re-thinking Time at the Interface of Physics and Philosophy; von Müller, A. and T. Filk (eds.), Heidelberg;

von Müller, A. (2015): Humboldt 4.0. Perspektiven einer grundlegenden Erneuerung der Universität. In: Nova Acta Leopoldina, Band 121, Nummer 407: Hacker, Jörg, Hannover;

Öllinger, M., & von Müller, A. (2017). Search and coherence-building in intuition and insight problem solving. Frontiers in Psychology, 8;

Öllinger M., Meissner K., von Müller, A. & Collado-Seidel, C. (2017). Expectation violation in political decision making: A psychological case study. Frontiers in Psychology;

von Müller A .(2018) : Diagnose: Phantasielosigkeit. CIVIS, 1/2018; pp. 26 - 34;

von Müller, A. & Zafiris, Elias (2018). Concept and Formalization of Constellatory Self-Unfolding. Springer, Heidelberg.