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Brief Biography

Rainer Erlinger (b. 1965) is a doctor, lawyer and journalist. He’s best known for his weekly “Gewissensfrage” column (“Questions of Conscience”) in the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, a weekly supplement to the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest national broadsheet newspaper. In this column, he answers reader-submitted questions about moral issues. Erlinger has contributed regular radio columns to Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting (RBB) and West German Broadcasting (WDR) and a TV-column to ARD-Buffet on the ARD, Germany’s leading public broadcasting channel. He also publishes extensively in newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, is the author of several books and has hosted television programs. In the winter semester of 2008-2009, Augsburg University invited Erlinger to join the Department of Philosophy and Social Science as a guest professor. He lives in Berlin.


Full Biography

Rainer Erlinger (1965- ) was born and raised in Deggendorf, Bavaria. After finishing his A-levels in 1984, moved to Munich to study medicine and law. In 1992, passed the state medical examination and did his M.D. For the next two years he conducted research at the Department of Anatomy  at the University of Munich and then worked in the emergency unit at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar  as a surgical resident. In 1996 Erlinger passed the first state law examination,  in 1998 he passed the second state law examination and did his J.D. Since 1999 he is admitted to the bar in Germany. From 1995 to 2004 Erlinger taught as a guest lecturer at the University of Munich and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He published scientific articles on ultrastructure research (i.e. the study of cellular structures through electron microscopy) as well as criminal and medical law.

Erlinger is contributor to the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest nationwide subscription newspaper, since 2002 as the “Gewissensfrage” columnist for the newspaper’s weekend magazine. He was long-standing contributor to Berlin-Brandernburg Broadcasting (RBB) station radioeins and West German Broadcasting’s WDR5 as well as and midday show ARD-Buffet on ARD, one of two Germany’s public TV-stations, the biggest public broadcaster in the world after the BBC. Erlinger contributes regularly to many radio and television programs on the topic of ethics.

Rainer Erlinger regularly lectures and moderates panel discussions and events that address questions that arise in modern society, with an emphasis on the role of ethics in everyday life and business, as well as the political and legal considerations around health care. He has published several books on the topic of ethics.

In the winter semester of 2008-2009, Erlinger joined the faculty at the Augsburg University  as a guest professor in the department of philosophy and social science.

His work focuses on the communication of ethics and morality in everyday life as well as the application of ethical questions in social contexts, drawing heavily from the field of moral philosophy.

Rainer Erlinger (1965- ) was born and raised in Deggendorf, Bavaria. After finishing his A-levels in 1984, he moved to Munich to study medicine and law. He passed the state medical examination in 1992 and holds an M.D (Dr. med.). Following two years conducting research at the University of Munich’s Department of Anatomy, he worked in the emergency unit at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar as a surgical resident.

He passed the first and second state law examinations in 1996 and 1998 respectively and holds a J.D. (Dr. jur.). Since 1999, he has been a member of the bar in Germany. Erlinger taught as a guest lecturer at the University of Munich and University of Zurich from 1995 to 2004. He has published scientific articles on ultra-structure research as well as criminal and medical law.

Erlinger is a regular contributor to the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest national broadsheet newspaper. Since 2002 he has written the “Gewissensfrage” column for the newspaper’s weekend magazine. He was a long-standing contributor to Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting (RBB) station radioeins and West German Broadcasting’s WDR5 as well as the midday show ARD-Buffet on ARD, the second largest public broadcaster in the world behind the BBC. Erlinger contributes regularly to many radio and television programs on the topic of ethics.

Rainer Erlinger regularly lectures and moderates panel discussions and events that address questions that arise in modern society, with an emphasis on the role of ethics in everyday life and business, as well as the political and legal considerations around health care. He has published several books on the topic of ethics.

In the winter semester of 2008-2009, Erlinger joined Augsburg University as a guest professor in the Department of Philosophy and Social Science.

His work focuses on the communication of ethics and morality in everyday life as well as the application of ethical thinking in social contexts, drawing heavily from the field of moral philosophy.