Johannes Seidel has been a professor of “philosophy of nature,” “transdisciplinary questions of biology and philosophy,” and of “philosophy of science” at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich since 1995.
He was born in 1953 in Göttingen, Germnay. In 1972, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1980. He studied philosophy in Munich and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. Then he studied biochemistry in Göttingen and molecular cell biology (Isolierung und Charakterisierung durch Alpha-Faktor abgeschalteter Gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae). In 2007 he earned a doctorate in moral theology (Schon Mensch oder noch nicht? Untersuchungen zum ontologischen Status humanbiologischer Keime).
He is also a member of the Institut für naturwissenschaftliche Grenzfragen zur Philosophie und Theologie in Munich and he belongs to the Instituto de Investigación sobre Liberalismo, Krausismo y Masonería in Madrid. His main interests are: transdisciplinary philosophical questions of molecular biology and neuronal biology; the thinking of the paleontologist and Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin; the philosophy of the German philosopher Karl Christian Friedrich Krause; and questions of biblical theology.