Hans Heinz Holz was born in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in 1927 and died in Sant’Abbondio (Switzerland) in 2011. From 1946 to 1951 he studied philosophy, psychology, art and literature at the universities of Frankfurt am Main and Mainz. He earned his doctorate at Leipzig together with Ernst Bloch. In 1952 he began to work as a journalist while at the same time carrying out research work on critics of theatre, art and culture. From 1962 to 1964 he led the nocturnal programs of ‘Hessicher Rundfunk’ in Frankfurt am Main. He was professor of the ‘Volkshochschule’ in Darmstadt from 1952 to 1956 and in Zürich from 1965 to 1970. He was invited professor at the Free University of Berlin in 1969. In 1971, he was named for the Philosophy Chair of the ‘Rijksuniversiteit Groningen’ (The Netherlands), where he was dean from 1987 to 1989. He retired from this University in 1997.