Curriculum vitae

Herman Parret

HERMAN PARRET (Izegem, June 9, 1938), of Belgian nationality, lives in Ixelles (1050 Brussels, Belgium). The fields of specialization and publication of Herman Parret are: philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of art, the methodology and epistemology of linguistics and semiotics, philosophy of language. His additional fields of interest are: the history of theories of language, the philosophy of the social sciences, the philosophy of music and the history of modern and contemporary philosophy.

Herman Parret studied at the University of Leuven where he obtained a licentiate in Romance Philology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, at M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass., at the University of California at Berkeley and at Stanford University. He was a Director of Research (Directeur de Recherches) at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and at the same time Professor at the University of Antwerp (till 1997) and Full Professor at the University of Leuven where he taught philosophy of language and philosophical aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy and at the Department of Art Sciences. He became full professor emeritus in 2004. He was also affiliated at the Università degli Studi di Siena from 2003 till 2010. He has been Invited Professor at the Universities of Campinas and Sao Paulo (Brasil), Tel Aviv, the University of California at San Diego, at the Università La Sapienza in Rome, and he delivered unnumerable lectures and papers at various foreign universities. He has been as well a professor at the Institut Universitaire de France and associated director at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He occupied the (Belgian) Francqui Chair 1988-89 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Peter Paul Rubens Chair at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990-91 and again the Francqui Chair at the Université de Liège in 1997-98. He obtained a Doctorate Honoris Causa at the University of Timisoara (Rumania), at the Universidad de Lima (Peru) and at the Université de Limoges (France). He published 12 books and more than 250 articles in French, in English and in Dutch in the fields of the philosophy of language, semiotics and aesthetics. He was translated in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Korean, Turkish and Japanese.