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Philosophical Research in Bielefeld

The Department of Philosophy offers a broad and intensive research environment. Philosophical research in Bielefeld concerns all areas of Philosophy, with a focus on current topics in the analytical Philosophy tradition. The Bielefeld research tradition in Philosophy aims for international visibility.

Information on the various research projects can be found on the websites of the individual philosophers teaching and researching here (via 'People'). You can get a first impression of the range of topics dealt with in the explanations under 'The various working groups'.


A Research-Strong Department

The Department of Philosophy is one of the leading philosophical institutes in Germany. It combines a broad thematic spectrum with a clear methodological orientation:

  • Methodological orientation: the Bielefeld researchers are committed to the standards of clarity and argumentative stringency as shaped by analytical Philosophy in recent decades.
  • Systematic focus: Our research ranges from Logic and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Theory of Action to Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics.
  • Cooperative spirit: In keeping with this thematic breadth, there are numerous cooperations with neighbouring academic disciplines both within the university and at home and abroad.

In the wider region, the Department of Philosophy cooperates in particular with the locations in Bochum, Hanover, Münster and Osnabrück. Joint colloquia and graduate seminars - with a joint block section - are regularly held with philosophers from Münster and Osnabrück in the area of Theoretical Philosophy.

Bielefeld University is an attractive place for doctorate/Phd studies due to its strong interdisciplinary orientation:

  • Structure: The University has 13 different Faculties, with many departments housed in a shared building.
  • Exchange: The various members of the university are in lively exchange with each other and work closely together, regardless of their level of education and focus of research.
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF): This is where outstanding interdisciplinary and innovative research projects are sponsored by groups. Here, doctoral students can also enter into close exchange with researchers working internationally and interdisciplinarily and form networks.
  • University library: Has a very good stock of scientific literature and works with a strong focus on service, which is reflected in important rankings and assessments.

The Department of Philosophy is characterised by a large number of research groups covering a broad spectrum of philosophical disciplines. These various research groups include, among others, the areas of Theoretical Philosophy, Practical Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Science, Didactics of Philosophy as well as the History of Philosophy.

For detailed information on the individual research groups of the department, please click here.

Here you can find information about all visiting scholars who have visited the department since 2012.

Name University Time
Justin Biddle Georgia Institute of Technology April 2023 - July 2023
Milos Arsenijevic University of Belgrade October 2019 - December 2019
Milos Vuletic University of Belgrade October 2019 - December 2019
Aleksander Ostapiuk Wroclaw University of Economics November 2019
Sebastian Rand Georgia State University January 2019 - July 2019
Martin Fricke Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México October 2019 - September 2019
Juhani Yli-Vakkuri University of Tartu July 2017 - August 2018
Zaiqing Fang Chinese Academy of Science Beijing May 2016 - July 2016

Oktober 2018 - Dezember 2018

Justin Biddle Georgia Institute of Technology May 2015 - July 2015
Veronika Hofer Medizinische Universität Wien und University of South Carolina

May 2014 - July 2014

October 2014 - Juni 2016 Vertretung Prof. Reinhardt

Michael Stöltzner University of South Carolina May 2014 - July 2014
Eran Tal University of Toronto September 2012 - June 2014
Hans Radder Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam October 2012 - November 2013
Kenneth Westphal University of East Anglia October 2012 - September 2013
Brandon Look University of Kentucky October 2012 - July 2013
Giora Hon University of Haifa August 2013
Ruth Lorand University of Haifa August 2013
Heather Douglas University of Waterloo May - June 2013
Lisa Gannett Saint Mary's University April - May 2012
Yuriditzi Pascacio Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico February 2012 - January 2013

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