Alec A. Schärer

Architekt, Philosoph


  • Vortragstext: "Menschenwürde und Begreifen" (7. Juni 2008)
  • Hand-Out: "Menschenwürdiges Begreifen" (zum Vortrag vom 7. Juni 2008) [Hand-Out öffnen/ansehen]

Zur Person:


  • Date, year of birth 14 August 1942
  • Professions:

    • Project Manager, Consulting architect for organizational planning, Methodologist, Photographer

  • Education:

    • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (SFIT, in german ETH-Z), with Professors Schader, Camenzind, Hoesli, Custer; degree: Dipl. Arch. ETH / SIA

  • Languages:

    • German, English, French, Spanish (fluently in spoken & written), good knowledge of Italian (spoken)

  • Professional activities:

    • 1970 - 1972 Scientific Assistant at the SFIT interdisciplinary Institute of Building Research: research activities in the fields of general value and assessment, building cost analysis systems, and information display systems including graphic techniques, photography and 16mm film.
    • 1973 - 1977 Personal studies, freelance creative work in the fields of photography, theatre (Théâtre Ø, Geneva), festival organization (Fourmilière and Thearena, Zürich); later Scientific Collaborator with BMP Dr. T. Pelli, Consultants, Zürich, and INTRINSIC AG, Kilchberg.
    • 1978 - 1982 Architect with Schindler & Schindler, Architects & Engineers, Zürich, and Prof. Dr. U. Roth: Abu Nuseir New Town, Jordan (35'000 inhabitants); first 3 years responsible for planning and design of layout (Master Plan), and last year assistance to the Ministry in Jordan for starting construction of the New Town, as a resident architect in Jordan.
    • 1982 - 1984 Suter + Suter Ltd., OSP and International Consultants Ltd., Basel: planning and consulting for industry, commerce, education (university planning), housing.
    • 1984 - 1985 Architect with Schindler & Schindler, Architects and Engineers, Zürich: miscellaneous projects, mainly in housing.
    • 1985 - 1988 ARCOOP, U. Marbach & A. Rüegg, Architects BSA / SIA, Zürich: called for project management in large administration, communal industrial works and EDP project won by ARCOOP in a competition; miscellaneous work alongside.
    • 1988 - 1993 Bovis-Tillyard & Co., Quantity surveyors; Zürich branch: cost calculation and cost planning for numerous projects; buildup of the market in the french-speaking part of Switzerland.
    • 1992 - 2001 Move to Basel, freelance work; studies philosophy / methodology at the University of Basel.
    • 2002 - ....... Scientific collaborator / PhD student, University of Basel. Subject-matter: integrative methodology.


  • 1970 "Die Planung der Hochschule Lausanne-Dorigny als Beispiel für die Handhabung der Kriterien von Planung und Kritik", in: WERK, Nr. 3 / 1970, p. 193 - 197, in collaboration with U. Pfammatter.
  • 1987 - 1989 "Menschliches Entdecken", transl . of "L'Homme à sa découverte" and "Das Sein und das Wort", transl. of "L'être et le verbe, essai d'ontologie axiomatique", by Jean E. Charon (attempting a holistic epistemology within the framework of Boolean Algebra and its implications in heuristics and philosophy of science).
  • 1993 "Die drei Ökologien", translation of "Les trois Ecologies" by the french eco-philosopher Félix Guattari (eco-philosophical essay); published by Passagen, Vienna 1994.
  • 1998 "Life between Mechanism and Organism. Prospects of a Holistic Processual Approach to Methodology"; in: J.C. Dragán et al. (eds.) Cybernetics, Ecology and Bioeconomics, Proceedings, International Joint 
    Conference in Palma de Mallorca, November 7-10; Milano: Edizioni Nagard; pp. 280-313
  • 1999 Book review "Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge" on E.O. Wilson's "Consilience", in: Journal of Bioeconomics 1:1999, pp. 327-332
  • 2001 "Why Matter Matters Massively", in: Frontier Perspectives, 10(2), 2001, pp. 52-59
  • 2002 "Conceptual Conditions for Conceiving Life — a Solution for Grasping its Principle, not Mere Appearances", in: G. Palyi, C. Zucchi, L. Caglioti (eds.), Fundamentals of Life; Paris: Elsevier, pp. 589-624
  • 2003a "Focusing on Methodology" in: website of Post Autistic Economics (www.paecon.net , 'student essays')
  • 2003b "Begriffliche Bedingungen für den Umgang mit Ganzheit und Gewißheit" in: Marburger Forum. Beiträge zur geistigen Situation der Gegenwart, 4. Jg., Heft 3; (available also at: www.marburger-forum.de )
  • 2004 "Kultur, Bildung oder Geist? Alle drei gemeinsam. Ein Mehrdimensionen-Ansatz zur integralen Erneuerung der Humanwissenschaften" in: Roland Benedikter (ed.) Kultur, Bildung oder Geist? Skizzen zur Zukunft der europäischen Humanwissenschaften im 21. Jahrhundert, Innsbruck-Wien-München: Studienverlag, pp. 455-495
  • 2006 "Toward a Unified Knowledge-based Society for Sustainability. Developing a Synthesis on the Methodological Level"; in: Proceedings of the Symposium 'Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere' in Denver, Colorado, 20 - 25 September 2004. A provisional version of this contribution is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p042/rmrs_p042_960_990.pdf  
  • 2008 "Toward a Unified Knowledge-based Society for Sustainability : Developing a Synthesis on the Methodological Level", in: International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-42; available also at their website:www.ijtr.org )


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