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C. Mantzavinos is Professor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences in the University of Athens. He is the author of Wettbewerbstheorie (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1994), Individuals, Institutions, and Markets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Naturalistic Hermeneutics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) and the editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in four languages, notably “Learning, Institutions, and Economic Performance” in Perspectives on Politics, 2004 (with Douglass C. North and Syed Shariq).

He has just finished a book manuscript on Explanatory Pluralism. His last article on “Explanatory Games” has appeared in the Journal of Philosophy in November 2013. He is also the Philosophy Section Editor for the 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences to appear in 2015.

Before his current appointment in Athens, he held the Chair of Economics and Philosophy at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (2004-2011). He has also taught at Freiburg, Bayreuth, and Stanford, was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn and served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard (twice) and at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (twice). He holds two Ph.D`s, in Economics and in Philosophy, both from the University of Tübingen. In October-November 2013 he has been a Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.

  • Born in Athens, Greece (1968)
  • B.A., Economics, University of Athens (1989)
  • Ph. D., Economics, University of Tübingen (1992)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Freiburg (1995-1997)
  • Military Service, Greek Army (1997-1999)
  • Habilitation, Economics, University of Bayreuth (1999)
  • Privatdozent, Economics, University of Freiburg and University of Bayreuth (1999-2000)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Stanford University (2000-2001)
  • Ph. D., Philosophy, University of Tübingen (2003)
  • Visiting Scholar, Philosophy, Harvard University (2004)
  • Professor of Economics and Philosophy (Endowed Chair), Witten/Herdecke University (2004- 2011)
  • Chercheur Invité, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (2006) and (2008-2009)
  • Professor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Athens (2011- )


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