Christian Grüny is Professor for Aestetics at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. He studied philosophy and linguistics in Bochum, Prague and Berlin, got his PhD in Bochum and his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at Witten/Herdecke. His background in the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno an in phenomenology led him into two directions: on the one hand towards a phenomenology of the body, on the other hand towards aesthetics and the philosophy of music which remains his main field of research until today. His current work is focused on the different logics of the various artistic fields and disciplines, the frictions, transitions, and incommensurabilities between them.
From 2011-2014 Christian Grüny was spokesman of the network “Kulturen der Leiblichkeit” (cultures of embodiment). From October 2014 until September 2015 he was visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics where he remained skeptical about the possibilities of an empirical aesthetics. In 2016 he was interim chair of theoretical philosophy at the University Darmstadt. From 2020-2023, he again worked at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.
He co-editor or the book series Ästhetiken X.0: Zeitgenössische Konturen ästhetischen Denkens, member of the editorial board of Journal Phänomenologie and Musik & Ästhetik. Since 2018 he is also a member of the advisory board of the German Society of Aesthetics.