Welcome

Here you will find a description of the structure of the Institute of Philosophy at Leipzig University with information and further links about the departments, our staff, and about teaching and research at the Institute.

Study

Bachelor's and master's degree programmes, teacher training programmes, and doctoral studies can be pursued at our institute. The degree programmes offer students the opportunity to study philosophy both historically and systematically.

Diverse and international range of courses

The Institute of Philosophy offers a diverse range of courses in all areas of philosophy, supplemented by international guest professorships and cooperations with foreign universities.

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News and Events

News from the Institute

The institute regularly organizes international conferences and workshops, lecture series, and colloquia on various topics for students and colleagues. It is a lively environment for intensive study and research.

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Teaching and Research Areas

The professorship Theoretical Philosophy teaches and researches in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics, German Idealism, and the history of philosophy.  The classical and contemporary philosophers of most significance are Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, Anscombe, Dummett, Davidson, and McDowell.

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Practical philosophy enquires into the human being as a sentient, willing, and acting being who is subject to moral laws and produces forms of community. The subject of systematic work is the nature of human thought and action: philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, moral philosophy, theory of action. The classical authors who are most significant are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Frege, Wittgenstein.

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The history of philosophy enquires into the human being as a being whose self-understanding develops through history. It studies the classical texts of philosophy. The systematic research focus areas of the professorship are epistemology, skepticism, philosophy of perception, philosophical anthropology, and aesthetics. The classical authors who are most focused upon are Aristotle, Kant and Wittgenstein.

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The philosophy of Cognitive Anthropology enquires into the relationship between the humanities and cognitive sciences especially in the context of human development. The research focus of the professorship is the study of the philosophy of the previously named relationship.

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The professorship Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Education teaches and conducts research on the normative and conceptual foundations of human community and its social and political contexts.

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Research Center for Analytic German Idealism

Affiliated with the Leipzig Institute of Philosophy is the Research Center for Analytic German Idealism (German: “Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism” (FAGI)).

Research Center FAGI

The FAGI is an internationally-oriented research center of Leipzig University. The mission of the center is to promote research and teaching activities on German Idealism from Kant to Hegel.

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Contact

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Institute Head

Institute of Philosophy
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Office hours
Nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail

 Katharina Krause

Katharina Krause

Secretary

Institute of Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H1 1.08
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35820
Fax: +49 341 97-35849

Office hours
Montag - Mittwoch und Freitag 08:00 – 11:00 Uhr; Dienstag 13:30 – 15:30 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung

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