skip to main contentskip to main menuskip to footer Universität Bielefeld Play
  • Department of Philosophy

    The Department of Philosophy understands itself as a lively place for committed philosophical research and intensive philosophical teaching.

    Robert Fludd (1619)

Welcome to the Summer semester 2022!

This semester, the Philosophy Department is offering a lot of real life teaching, some hybrid seminars, and select online courses. For details and more information, please see the links in the left and right sidebars of this page. We look forward to meeting you and working with you in the seminar room, be it real or digital. The Bielefeld Philosophers.


Guest Lecture 2022

Bielefeld Colloquium on the Philosophy of Psychiatry

picture by IlNat (licensed under Creatice Commons)

In the Bielefeld Colloquium on Philosophy of Psychiatry, we discuss classics, recent and own works on the philosophy of psychiatry. We focus on issues within the philosophy of science and conceptual and metaphysical issues.
You can find further information here.

Register now: International Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science (EES 2022)

Registration for the International Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science is now open. EES 2022 will take place on 29-30 September 2022 at Leibnizhaus, Hannover, Germany, and is organised by the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073, a cooperation of Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University. The conference focusses on bridging the gap between epistemological and ethical or political approaches as well as theoretical and material approaches to philosophy of science. Please find more information and the registration link at

BIAS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!? Panel discussion and virtual screening of the documentary Coded Bias

23 May 2022, 16:00-18:00 CEST | Bielefeld University (online via Zoom)

A joint event of DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073, Bielefeld University, and Leibniz University Hannover

Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking on more and more tasks around us and often paves the way for innovative digital solutions. Algorithms are used to make recommendations for insurance policies, recognise our voices, and check our passports at the airport. However, it seems that algorithms, like humans, are not always neutral or fair. The documentary Coded Bias by director Shalini Kantayya focusses on racist and sexist bias in artificial intelligence. It illuminates the dangers and concrete consequences for those affected by discriminatory algorithms. In a panel discussion with experts Markus Ahlers and Fabio Tollon and moderators Pia Ortwein and Leonie Wiemeyer, we will discuss the dangers of bias in algorithms and the influence of their human creators. Participants will be provided with a link to the online screening and will have 7 days to view the documentary in preparation of the panel discussion. The event is open to employees as well as Masters' students of philosophy of science of Bielefeld University and Leibniz University Hannover. Please register using your university e-mail address at If you have questions, please contact Leonie Wiemeyer.

back to top