Born in Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein) in 1943, Dr. Wolf studied philosophy and political science from 1962 to 1966 in Kiel, Paris, and Edinburgh, receiving his doctorate from the University of Kiel in 1969. From 1966 to 1981 he taught philosophy and carried out political research at the University of the Sarre in Saarbrücken, at the Freie Universität Berlin, at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. In 1973 he completed his Habilitation (post-doctoral teaching qualification) at the Freie Universität Berlin and has taught philosophy there ever since.
From 1981 to 1984 he served as co-editor of the monthly journal 'Moderne Zeiten', focused on Green and Left politics. From 1984 to 1999 he was active in European politics for the German Greens, during 1994-1999 as a Member of the European Parliament.
In the 1980s he also taught in the Berlin program of Stanford University, especially on 'critical theory'.
Since 1999 he has resumed full activity at the Freie Universität Berlin, teaching political philosophy and history of philosophy, researching on contemporary problems of labor as well as sustainability, while acting as co-ordinator of the European Thematic Network "Sustainability Strategy" (2003-2009). In 2007 he has been given the position of an honorary professor of philosophy, further intensifying his teaching, extending it to the areas of humanism and film philosophy. Since 2014 he is a fellow of the research institute of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation.
Dr. Wolf has published books and articles on politics, humanism, political philosophy, the politics of labor, the politics of sustainability, political epistemology, and metaphilosophy. Visit his personal website at www.friederottowolf.de.