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Paulus Kaufmann

Dr. Paulus Kaufmann



Oettingenstr. 67
D-80538 München

Office hours:
By appointment


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Research area

His areas of research include early Japanese Buddhism and the history of Japanese thought, as well as Eastern and Western practical philosophy, philosophy of language and rhetoric. He is currently working on his Habilitation thesis on conceptions of truth and meaning in the work of Kūkai.


  • 1995-2005 M.A. in Japanese Studies and Philosophy, University of Hamburg.
  • 2005-2006 Research fellowship, University of Fukui  (Japan).
  • 2006-2010 PhD in Philosophy, Centre for Ethics, University of Zürich.

Previous Positions

  • 2006-2010 Research Assistant, Centre for Ethics, University of Zurich.
  • 2008-2009 Research fellowship, University of Bonn, participant in a research project on narratology of non-european texts.
  • 2009-2010 Assistant, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Zurich.
  • 2010-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow,  Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Zurich.
  • 2011-2014 Coordinator of the Doctoral Program Buddhist Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
  • Since 2014 Research Assistant (Fritz Thyssen Foundation), Japan Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.