PD Dr. Kerstin Andermann

PD Dr. Kerstin Andermann

Lecturer (LfbA)

Institute of Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H2 1.08
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35775
Fax: +49 341 97-35849


I completed my Master's degree (Magister) in philosophy, sociology and literature at the University of Bielefeld. After obtaining my doctorate in philosophy at the University of Potsdam and a stay at the University of London, I worked in Philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg. I completed the habilitation process there in 2019 and my habilitation thesis was under the title Die Macht der Affekte. Spinoza's Theory of Immanent Individuation by Meiner (Hamburg) in 2020. After a year at the Collaborative Research Center 1285 at TU Dresden, a deputy professorship for philosophy at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and a deputy professorship for social philosophy at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, I have been working as a Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy at Leipzig University since April 2021.

During the winter term 2023/24, I will substitute the professorship of Kulturphilosophie/Philosophy of Cultures at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder.

Professional career

  • since 04/2021
    Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben am Institut für Philosophie der Universität Leipzig
  • 10/2020 - 04/2021
    Vertretung der Juniorprofessur für Philosophie an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • 04/2020 - 09/2020
    Vertretung der Professur für Sozialphilosophie an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • 10/2018 - 10/2019
    Wiss. Mitarbeiterin am SFB 1285 „Invektivität. Konstellationen und Dynamiken der Herabsetzung“, TU Dresden
  • 04/2015 - 04/2016
    Verwaltung der Professur für Praktische Philosophie am Institut für Philosophie und Kunstwissenschaft (IPK), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • 04/2009 - 04/2017
    Wiss. Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Philosophie und Kunstwissenschaft (IPK), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


  • 10/2018 - 04/2019
    Habilitation im Fach Philosophie an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. Titel der Arbeit: "Die Macht der Affekte. Spinozas Theorie immanenter Individuation" (Habilitationskolloquium 04/2019)
  • 12/2005
    Promotion im Fach Philosophie an der Universität Potsdam. Titel der Arbeit: "Spielräume der Erfahrung. Kritik der transzendentalen Konstitution bei Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze und Schmitz"
  • 04/1993 - 02/2000
    Studium der Literaturwissenschaft, Soziologie und Philosophie als Magisterstudiengang an der Universität Bielefeld

Historically, my research focuses on the early modern period (Spinoza, Descartes, Hobbes) and the philosophy of the 19th to 21st centuries (Nietzsche, Marx, Foucault, Deleuze, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Butler and others). Systematically, the focus is on questions of social philosophy, political philosophy, cultural philosophy and ethics in connection with metaphysical (ontological) foundations.

  • Andermann, K.
    Das Ganze der Wirklichkeit verstehen. Metaphysik in der theoretischen und der praktischen Philosophie Spinozas. (Rezension zu Manfred Walther: Spinoza Studien 1-3) (2021)
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  • Andermann, K.
    Transindividuality. Affective continuity of the social in Spinoza
    In: Bueno, A.; Rosa, H.; Henning, C. (Eds.)
    Critical theory and New Materialism. London: Routledge. 2021.
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  • Andermann, K.
    Immanente Ethik und Ethologie: Spinoza, Deleuze und Uexküll
    In: Allerkamp, A.; Roussel, M. (Eds.)
    Ethology. Claims and Limits of a Lost Discipline. München : Fink Verlag. 2021. pp. 39–63.
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  • Andermann, K.
    Wissen. Wahrheit. Macht. Foucaults ,Morphologie des Willens zum Wissen
    In: Vogelmann, F. (Ed.)
    Foucaults Vorlesungen 1970–1984. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. 2020. pp. 19–33.
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In teaching, my aim is to give students a deep understanding of systematic problems in philosophy and to enable them to bring non-philosophical questions into philosophical perspectives. First and foremost, I work on classical texts in the history of philosophy and engage with significant interpretations and commentaries. In teaching the tradition, I follow the principle that every old philosophy is a new philosophy for someone and that only an examination of the history of philosophy leads to an understanding of current philosophical problems. The aim is less to follow a strict canonisation or orthodox interpretations, but rather to make the genealogies of philosophical thought understandable and to show its continuities as well as its turning points. In addition to this historical-critical orientation, it is important for me, especially in teaching, to repeatedly refer to current (ecological, cultural, social, political) debates and problems and to classify them philosophically.

TEACHING FOCUS: Political philosophy, social philosophy and cultural philosophy in connection with metaphysics and ethics.

  • Teaching in Leipzig

    At the University of Leipzig, I teach in the various modules on practical philosophy, the history of philosophy and ethics of the BA Philosophy, the MA Philosophy and the teacher training programmes. My focus is on political philosophy, social philosophy and cultural philosophy in connection with metaphysics and ethics.

  • Last courses

    WS 2023/24 (Frankfurt (Oder))

    –  Immanenz und Negativtität: Hegel und Spinoza (Seminar)

    –  Klasse und Klassenübergang (Seminar)

    –  Politische Philosophie der Natur (Seminar)

    SS 2023

    –  Positionen dekolonialen Denkens (Seminar und Übung)

    –   Hegel: Phänomenologie des Geistes (Seminar und Übung)

    –  Politik der Natur (Seminar und Übung)

    WS 2022/23

    –  Macht und Gewalt (Seminar und Übung)

    –  Hannah Arendts politisches Denken (Seminar und Übung)

    –  Philosophien des Politischen (Vorlesung)