• Department of Philosophy

    Welcome to the website of the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. The Department of Philosophy understands itself as a lively place for committed philosophical research and intensive philosophical teaching.

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Community - also during difficult times

A university is usually a buzzing place where people meet everywhere, get into a conversation, and make contacts. Things are different at the moment. But we don't have to do without the community! Feel free to use the digital resources available to you to socialize and exchange ideas.

Under the current circumstances, you can still reach the student council as usual. Either via e-mail or, brand new, also via our discord server. Here you have the opportunity to network with your fellow students and to be up-to-date when there is news from us.


Click here to go to the Discord Server of the student council.



Conceptual Engineering: Feasibility & Normativity

From March 10 to 12, an online workshop on Conceptual Engineering will take place at the Philosophy Department, organized by Christian Nimtz and Steffen Koch.

More information on the program and registration can be found here.

Covid-19 Pandemic

Information on philosophical studies and teaching

Links and Documents

General Information

Online Satellite Seminar

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Standards of conduct for digital interaction


Zoom User Guide

Call for applications

5 Doctoral Candidates in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

The Research Training Group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”, a cooperation of Bielefeld University and Leibniz University Hanover, invites applications for positions for

5 Doctoral Candidates (all genders) (salary scale E13 TV-L, 65%)

to start on 1 October 2021. The positions are limited to 30 September 2024. At least two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz University Hannover and at least two at Bielefeld University.

Application deadline: 6 May 2021.

For further information and the application guide, please see https://grk2073.org/apply/. Please direct any questions to Ms. Leonie Wiemeyer (leonie.wiemeyer@philos.uni-hannover.de).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 21.04.2021 (18:00-20:00) Faculty Opening Colloquium

Sally Haslanger: Sex, Race, and Power: How to Stop Reproducing Social Hierarchy

Racism, sexism, and other forms of systemic injustice are more than just bad attitudes.  In a stratified society, there are mechanisms – including law, policy, culture, technology, and the built environment – that stably position groups hierarchically. But attitudes play a role. How central is that role?  In this lecture Haslanger argues that social practices are patterns of interaction guided by social meanings that distribute things of value. In the case of sexist and racist practices, the network of meanings is ideological and is internalized in habits of mind that distort, obscure, and occlude important facts and result in a failure to recognize the interests of women and racialized groups (among others). How do we disrupt such practices to achieve greater justice? This talk will argue that resistance to systemic injustice requires us to do more than just challenge false beliefs; social movements change the material and cultural conditions of agency.

Guest Lecture 2021

  • Jun, 2nd. 2021 Bettina Bussmann (Salzburg)
  • Jun, 16th. 2021 Michael Della Rocca (Yale)
  • Jul, 7th 2021 Maria Kronfeldner (CEU)

All lectures will take place online via zoom (6-8 pm)

Students and members of the department will receive the login information via mail. Externals please contact: diana.roethlinger@uni-bielefeld.de