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Dr. Karen A. Swassjan born in 1948 in Yerevan (Armenia), studied philosophy and English and French philology in Yerevan. In 1978 he wrote his doctoral thesis on Henri Bergson, and in 1981 - his postdoc work on "The Problem of the Symbol in the Modern Philosophy". He became a professor of philosophy, cultural history and aesthetics at the University of Yerevan.

Dr. Swassjan has translated into Russian and published works of Nietzsche (the first post-revolutionary Russian Nietzsche edition), Spengler (The Decline of the West) and Rilke (Sonnets to Orpheus). He is an author of numerous books on philosophy and anthroposophy, literature, history of culture and science, including a biography of Goethe, a history of European science and a work entitled "Goethe's Philosophical World View", as well as books on Nietzsche, Spengler, Husserl and Cassirer. There are also numerous German-language publications, particularly on anthroposophical topics.

In 1993/94 he was honoured by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn for his work as a researcher and teacher. In 1997 he became a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck (Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Slavic).

In 2009 he won the first prize in an essay competition organized by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science.

At present, Karen Swassjan lives and writes in Basle, Switzerland, and holds lectures throughout Europe and elsewhere.

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