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

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

    Robert Fludd (1619)

The Philosophy Department of Bielefeld University warmly welcomes all first-year students to this new semester! We hope that you will settle in well with us and enjoy doing philosophy! If you have any questions, uncertainties or difficulties, you can find helpful information about the beginning of your studies here.

Recent news

Publication Ticker

Publication Ticker

Recent publications by members of the department (selection):

​You can find a complete list of publications by department members here.


For prospective and first-year students

Orientation or starting your studies can sometimes be chaotic, confusing and stressful. That's why we have put together a small collection to help all prospective and first-year students. For Further information, please follow the links below:


All you can think

Under the motto "All you can think" we have gathered together all events that are somehow related to the study of philosophy in Bielefeld, but are not directly courses. These include events that make it easier to start studying, but also those that provide information about other aspects of the degree programme, such as stays abroad. In short, everything else that is important during your studies. You are cordially invited to everything!

If we have aroused your interest, you can find more detailed information about the events via this link.



Normative Urteile - die Summe guter Gründe?

Dem Kind zu Weihnachten eine Smartwatch schenken – ja oder nein? Vor ähnlichen Fragen standen in der Vorweihnachtszeit viele Menschen. Denn jede*r tut es, fast jeden Tag, nicht nur beim Geschenkekauf: Wer eine Entscheidung trifft, wägt Pros und Kontras ab, Gründe dafür, etwas zu tun, und Gründe dagegen. Der Philosoph Professor Dr. Benjamin Kiesewetter widmet sich an der Universität Bielefeld diesem Prozess mit dem ERC-Forschungsprojekt „REASONS F1RST – The Structure of Normativity“ (sinngemäß: Gründe zuerst – Die Struktur der Normativität).

You can read the full article here.


Please find further information under the following links:

Please find further information under the following link:

Claudia Huerkamp-Award 2023

The Claudia Huerkamp Award for outstanding theses from the Faculty of History, Philosophy, and Theology is awarded to Inga Gostmann in 2023 for her bachelor's thesis titled: "Feminists Disagreeing on Women in Porn: How should working in the porn industry be viewed from a feminist point of view?"

In her work, Inga Gostmann primarily examines the role of a porn performer from a feminist perspective. She addresses questions such as: Does pornography contribute to sexist gender roles? If so, how? Does it also have the potential to empower women? When we identify problematic aspects in the production and consumption of pornography, should we ban it? Inga Gostmann approaches these questions with due seriousness and develops nuanced answers to them.

To do so, she incorporates philosophical works, empirical studies, and testimonials from performers. This work reflects an attitude cultivated by many feminist philosophers: to provide good answers to philosophical – that is, conceptual and normative – questions, we must acknowledge the true state of the world. In her work, Inga Gostmann has demonstrated that she can translate this attitude into convincing scholarly contributions.

The Department of Philosophy warmly congratulates Inga Gostmann on receiving the Claudia Huerkamp Award!


back to top