Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Professor

History of Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H2 1.04
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35811
Fax: +49 341 97-35849

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kern

Institute Head

Institute of Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 2104
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35811
Fax: +49 341 97-35819

Abstract

Andrea Kern is Professor of History of Philosophy at Leipzig University. She studied philosophy, german studies, film and theatre studies in Berlin, Paris and Bochum and was a research assistant at the Universiteit van Amsterdam from 1997-1999. She worked as a visiting scholar at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Chicago (1998/99 and 2003/04), and from 1999-2006 as a research assistant at the University of Potsdam (Habilitation 2004). She worked as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the Université d'Amiens, the University of Vienna and the University of Frankfurt/Main. From 2007-2009 she was professor of cultural philosophy at the BTU Cottbus. Since 2009, Ms Kern has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Philosophy at Leipzig University. From 2012 to 2014, she led the SMWK project "The Anthropological Difference". Since 2012 she has been director of the Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism (FAGI).

Professional career

  • 10/1997 - 09/1999
    Research assistant at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • 10/1998 - 09/1999
    Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 10/1999 - 09/2006
    Research assistant at the University of Potsdam (Habilitation 2004). Visiting scholar and guest professorships at the University of Pittsburgh and Chicago, at the Université d'Amiens, at the University of Vienna and at the University of Frankfurt/Main.
  • 10/2007 - 09/2009
    Professor of Philosophy of Culture at the BTU Cottbus.
  • since 10/2009
    Since 2009, Andrea Kern has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Philosophy at Leipzig University.

Education

  • 10/1989 - 09/1997
    Studies of Philosophy, German studies, Film and Theatre Studies in Berlin, Paris and Bochum.

Her research focuses on epistemology, philosophy of perception, skepticism, philosophical anthropology and aesthetics. The authors that concern her most are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant and Wittgenstein.

 

Her publications include: Sources of Knowledge. On the concept of reasonable cognitive abilities (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 2006, Cambridge: HUP 2017); Beautiful pleasure. A theory of aesthetic experience (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 2000).

 

From 2012 to 2014 she headed the SMWK project "The Anthropological Difference". Since 2012 she has been co-director of the Research Center for Analytical German Idealism (FAGI). In the academic year 2014/15, Andrea Kern was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and in the academic year 2016/17 she was a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh and in the academic 2023/24 visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • The anthropological difference from an empirical and conceptual perspective
    Kern, Andrea
    Duration: 01/2012 – ongoing
    Funded by: SMWK Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus; Stiftungen Inland
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie
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  • Director Research Center Analytic German Idealism (FAGI) at the University of Leipzig
    Kern, Andrea
    Duration: 08/2022 – ongoing
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie
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more publications

  • Invited lectures: "On the Concept of a Rational Capacity for Knowledge." Action and Ability. 6th Meeting of the DFG Netzwerk Praktisches Denken und Gutes Handeln. Leipzig, 06.-09.07.2016.
    Kern, Andrea (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie)
    awarded in 2016.
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  • Andere herausragende Auszeichnungen: Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
    Kern, Andrea (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie)
    awarded in 2016 by University of Pittsburgh.
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  • Herausgeberschaft: Herausgeberin der Reihe "Analytischer Deutscher Idealismus" beim Suhrkamp Verlag
    Kern, Andrea (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie)
    awarded in 2012.
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more awards

  • Institut für Philosophie
    Warwick-Geneva-Leipzig Interdepartmental collaboration
    Start Date of Collaboration: 01/10/2022
    External participating organisations: University of Warwick (Coventry, United Kingdom); Universität Genf (Genf, Switzerland)
    Involved persons: Musholt, Kristina; Kern, Andrea; Rödl, Sebastian
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  • Philosophie (Humboldt-Professur Prof. Conant)
    Pardubice-Leipzig cooperative project
    Start Date of Collaboration: 01/05/2018
    Involved persons: Kern, Andrea
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  • Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie
    Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der "Allgemeinen Zeitschrift für Philosophie"
    Start Date of Collaboration: 31/03/2018
    Involved persons: Kern, Andrea
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  • Institut für Philosophie
    Chicago-Leipzig cooperative project
    Start Date of Collaboration: 01/12/2012
    Involved persons: Kern, Andrea
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  • Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie
    Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism
    Start Date of Collaboration: 03/12/2012
    External participating organisations: University of Chicago (Chicago, United States)
    Involved persons: Kern, Andrea
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more cooperations

  • Author Meets Critics Workshop mit Lea Ypi
    The Architectonic of Reason. Workshop mit Lea Ypi
    Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Geschichte der Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Kern, Andrea
    28/06/2023 – 30/06/2023
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  • Second Padua-Leipzig Arqus Workshop
    Classical German Philosophy Reserch Groups HegelPD-FAGI
    Institut für Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Kern, Andrea; Illetterati, Luca
    15/06/2023 – 17/06/2023
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  • Author meets Critics
    Transparency and Reflection. Workshop mit Matthew Boyle
    Institut für Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Kern, Andrea
    07/07/2022 – 09/07/2022
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  • First Padua-Leipzig Arqus Workshop
    Norms, Thought and Nature: Topics in Classical German Philosophy
    Institut für Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Kern, Andrea; Illetterati, Luca; Rödl, Sebastian
    10/07/2022 – 12/07/2022
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  • Workshop
    Right, Force, and Tragedy: An International Workshop with Christoph Menke
    Institut für Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Kern, Andrea; Conant, James Ferguson; Rödl, Sebastian; Gobsch, Wolfram
    12/06/2017 – 13/06/2017
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more events

  • Lecture history of philosophy

    Error is more than the mere absence of knowledge: it is the absence of knowledge where knowledge is supposed to be. But how is error possible? In the history of

    philosophy, various answers to these questions have been proposed. We will discuss these answers in this lecture in order to gain an understanding of the idea of cognition through an examination of error (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, among others).

  • Kant's Theory of Law and Morality

    Kant places his doctrine of law under the claim of a knowledge "from concepts". This means that he is not concerned with analysing empirical legal practice, but with clarifying what it means to have rights and how their ground of validity is to be understood. According to Kant, the reason for rights is freedom. He distinguishes between moral freedom and external freedom. The former is dealt with by moral philosophy, the latter by the doctrine of law.

  • State and education

    Kant claims that human beings only become human by being educated. In this seminar, we want to understand why this is so, and whether and in what way this is linked to the fact that man is a community-forming being, a zoon politikon. The idea that the state plays a decisive role in education runs through the history of philosophy.

  • Theories of the nature of man: Aristotle, Kant, Marx

    What conception of human nature underlies their theories and why do they believe that such a conception of human nature is indispensable or fundamental to our understanding of human beings? What does it mean to speak of a human "nature" and how is it possible to recognise it? While it seems clear in the case of non-human animals how we recognise their respective "nature", this is less clear in the case of humans. (Abridged version, VLVZ)