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Philosophical research in Bielefeld

The philosophy department  offers a broad and intensive research environment The philosophical research in Bielefeld covers all areas of philosophy, with a focus on current topics in analytic philosophy. The Bielefeld research tradition in philosophy aims for international visibility.

You can find out more about individual research projects on the personal homepages of each department member (you can find the list here). Below you find some general information about our research profile.

A strong research department

The philosophy department is among the leading philosophical institutions in Germany. It combines a broad thematic range with a clear methodological orientation

  • Methodological orientation: Bielefeld researchers are committed to the standards of clarity and argumentative rigor as they are practiced within the analytic tradition,
  • Systematic focus: Our research covers logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy, philosophy of action, political philosophy and applied ethics.
  • Cooperative spirit: in line with our broad range of topics, we have many cooperations with neighboring disciplines within the university as well as German and international institutions.

Within the region, the philosophy department cooperates with the philosophy departments in Bochum, Hannover, Münster and Osnabrück. With the colleagues from Münster the research group theoretical philosophy holds regular colloquia and graduate seminars

Bielefeld University – an interdisciplinary institution

Because of its strong interdisciplinary orientation, Bielefeld university is an attractive place for pursuing a PhD:

  • Structure: The university has over 13 different faculties, many of which are housed in the same buildings
  • Exchange: The different members of the university are in working closely together at all levels of training and across different areas of research
  • Centre for Advanced Studies (ZiF): The centre supports innovative and outstanding interdisciplinary projects pursued by research groups. It also allows PhD students to interact and network with researchers that work in an interdisciplinary fashion.
  • University library: Has an excellent collection of scientific literature and a strong service-centered workflow, which is reflected in important rankings

Visiting scholars since 2012

Name University Period
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 Januar 2019 - July 2019
Martin Fricke Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México October 2001 - September 2019
Juhani Yli-Vakkuri University of Tartu July 2017 - August 2018
Zaiqing Fang Chinese Academy of Science Beijing May 2016 - July 2016

October 2018 - December 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 - June 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