Michael Quante was born in 1962 in Senden, Germany. He made his PhD in Philosophy (on Hegel's Concept of Action) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster in 1992, where he wrote his Habilitation in 2001 (on Personal Identity as Principle of Biomedical Ethics), as well. He held professorships in Duisburg-Essen (2003-2005) and Cologne (2005-2009), and since 2009, he has been a full professor of practical philosophy in the department of philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University. Prof Quante is Speaker of the Centrum für Bioethik, member of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Bioethics and Principle Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" (both at the WWU in Münster). From 2004 till 2011, he served as an associate editor of the international journal "Ethical Theory and Moral Practice" and has been Co-Editor of the journal Hegel Studien since 2012.
Among his areas of specialization are German idealism (especially the works of Hegel and Marx), theory of action, personal identity, ethics and biomedical ethics. He has published and edited 30 books and more than 150 papers in several languages.
Michael Quante’s books in English include: Hegel’s Concept of Action (Cambridge University Press 2004, paperback ed. 2007), Enabling Social Europe (Springer 2005; co-authored with Bernd v. Maydell et.al.), Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Cambridge University Press, 2008; co-edited with Dean Moyar), Moral Realism (Helsinki 2004, co-edited with Jussi Kotkavirta), and Pragmatic Idealism (Rodopi 1998; co-edited with Axel Wustehube).