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Hans Küng

Global Ethics Foundation, Tübingen, Germany

Founding President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic. A leading Roman Catholic theologian, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained in 1954. He served as an expert theological advisor to the Second Vatican Council, alongside Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI).

In 1960, he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen, where he continues to serve as emeritus professor today. In the 1990s, Professor Küng initiated the project to devise a global ethic, which led to the publication of Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration. In 1993, the declaration was signed at the Parliament of the World’s Religions by spiritual leaders from around the globe. A prolific author, his most recent publications include Was ich glaube [What I Believe] on his relationship with nature, and Der Anfang aller Dinge [The Beginning of All Things], an exploration of science and religion.

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