Thomas Meyer, born in 1966, studied in Munich and received his doctorate there in 2003. Five years later he habilitated. He worked as a banker for many years. After his habilitation, he taught and worked at numerous universities and research institutions in Germany and abroad, including the Hebrew University Jerusalem, the ETH Zurich, the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University and Boston University. After returning to Germany in 2014, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the ICGF Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Maimonides Centre of the University of Hamburg. For 20 years he has been a regular contributor to Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and DIE ZEIT. In 2005, his highly acclaimed Cassirer biography was nominated for the Leipziger Buchpreis. The book Die Freiheit, zu sein frei zu sein by Hannah Arendt, which he edited, reached the ZDF non-fiction list in 2018 and became a SPIEGEL bestseller.