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About—Parmenides Foundation


Parmenides Foundation, located in Pullach / Munich in Germany, is dedicated to fostering multi-disciplinary research on thinking at the interface of the natural sciences and humanities.


It was established in 2001 in close cooperation with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich as a non-profit organization. Parmenides Foundation is the first institution to bring together a broad variety of disciplines studying thinking. It therefore brought complex thinking back on the research agenda. Today the international Parmenides faculty comprises around 40 renowned scientists who represent the broad range of disciplines that is required in scientific research on human cognition and thinking. Since its formation the Parmenides Foundation has been organizing an ongoing series of workshops, talks and conferences on the topic of human thinking with the objective to going beyond disciplinary boundaries and breaking new ground. It is partially self-financed through licensee fees for own developments and proves that basic research can be applied successfully in multiple areas.

By applying the findings from basic research in education, business, and institutions the Parmenides Foundation is aiming at advanced thinking skills, well-structured and informed decision making processes, and with this better problem solving. The threefold focus of the Parmenides Foundation is represented in its 3 pillars: Research, Education, Application.

The Parmenides Foundation is the right address for
(a) scientist from natural sciences and humanities looking for an inspiring research environment,
(b) partners, who want to join the research and dissemination efforts,
(c) educational institutions, parents, students, post-docs, executives form the private and public sector wanting to participate in Parmenides programs, as well as
(d) sponsors wanting to support the foundation and it’s applications.

The foundation has been named after the Presocratic philosopher Parmenides, who lived and taught in Elea, Lower Italy in the 5th century BC. Parmenides was the first philosopher who inquired systematically into the relation between thinking and reality, and the power of logical thought.