Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rödl

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rödl

Professor

Practical Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H2 1.07
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35801
Fax: +49 341 97-35849

Abstract

Sebastian Rödl is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Leipzig. In the academic year of 2016/2017 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. The topic of his systematic work is the nature of human thought and action: philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, moral philosophy, and action theory. The classical authors that matter most to him are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Frege, and Wittgenstein. His most recent book "Self-Consciousness and Objectivity. An Introduction to Absolute Idealism" is published with Harvard University Press. From April 2023 to September 2024 he will be working on a book project as part of an Opus Magnum Fellowship. From August 2023 to May 2024 he will be a visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley.



Professional career

  • 04/1999 - 10/2003
    Assistant Professor (Akademischer Assistent, C1) und Associate Professor (Oberassistent, C2) at the Institut für Philosophy, Leipzig University
  • 10/2004 - 09/2005
    Associate Professor of Philosophy and DFG-Heisenbergfellow an der University of Pittsburgh
  • 10/2005 - 08/2012
    Professor of Philosophy (ordinarius) at the University of Basel
  • since 08/2012
    Since August 2012: Professor of Philosophy, Institut für Philosophy, Universität Leipzig.

Education

  • 10/1988 - 09/1994
    Studies of philosophy, musicology, german language and literature, and history at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 10/1994 - 09/1997
    Doctorate in 1997 with the thesis „Selbstbezug und Normativität”.
  • 01/1998 - 03/1999
    Postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh (one and a half years), 2003 Habilitation with the topic „Kategorien des Zeitlichen” at Leipzig University.

The subject of his 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 important to him are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Frege, Wittgenstein.

 

In the academic year 2014/15, Professor Rödl conducted research as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and in the academic year 2016/17 he worked at the University of Pittsburgh as a visiting professor. In spring 2018, he was a visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York.

 

His publications include: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity, Harvard University Press 2018 (dt.: Selbstbewußtsein und Objektivität. Eine Einführung in den absoluten Idealismus, Suhrkamp 2019); Categories of the Temporal. An inquiry into the forms of the finite understanding, Harvard University Press 2012 (dt.: Kategorien des Zeitlichen, Suhrkamp 2005); Self-Consciousness, Harvard University Press 2007 (dt.: Selbstbewußtsein, Suhrkamp 2011).

  • Good and evil
    Rödl, Sebastian
    Duration: 03/2023 – 09/2024
    Funded by: Stiftungen Inland
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Institut für Philosophie
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  • Member of the board Leipzig Lab
    Rödl, Sebastian
    Duration: 12/2019 – 11/2023
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
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  • Speaker "Intangibles" Leipzig Lab
    Rödl, Sebastian
    Duration: 12/2019 – 12/2022
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
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  • Andere Stipendien/Forschungspreise: Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, UC Berkeley
    Rödl, Sebastian (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie)
    awarded in 2023 by UC Berkeley.
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  • Andere Stipendien/Forschungspreise: Opus magnum
    Rödl, Sebastian (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie)
    awarded in 2021 by VolkswagenStiftung.
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  • Andere herausragende Auszeichnungen: Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York.
    Rödl, Sebastian (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie)
    awarded in 2018 by Columbia University.
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  • Andere herausragende Auszeichnungen: Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
    Rödl, Sebastian (Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie)
    awarded in 2016 by University of Pittsburgh.
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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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  • Institut für Philosophie
    Padua-Leipzig Arqus Workshops
    Start Date of Collaboration: 09/07/2022
    Involved persons: Kern, Andrea; Rödl, Sebastian
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  • Institut für Philosophie
    Lubljana / Leipzig Cooperative Project
    Start Date of Collaboration: 16/05/2022
    External participating organisations: Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
    Involved persons: Rödl, Sebastian; Ionel, Lucian
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  • Systematische Theologie/Ethik; Bürgerliches Recht/Zivilprozessrecht/Urheberrecht; Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
    Leipzig Lab AG Intangibles
    Start Date of Collaboration: 01/09/2019
    Ended on: 31/12/2022
    Involved persons: Rödl, Sebastian; Leonhardt, Rochus; Berger, Christian; Frey, Michael Aljoscha; Priesemuth, Florian
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  • Institut für Philosophie
    UCL / Leipzig Cooperative Project
    Start Date of Collaboration: 01/06/2017
    External participating organisations: University College London (London, United Kingdom)
    Involved persons: Held, Jonas; Kern, Andrea; Rödl, Sebastian; Musholt, Kristina
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more cooperations

  • Workshop zu einem Manuskript von Sebastian Rödl
    Gut und Böse. eine dialektische Ethik
    Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Rödl, Sebastian
    16/06/2024 – 17/06/2024
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  • Workshop
    The Human Life Form. Agency - Collectivity - Production
    Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Rödl, Sebastian
    06/07/2023
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  • Conference
    Self-Love and Evil
    Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Rödl, Sebastian; O'Brien, Lucy
    07/12/2022 – 09/12/2022
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  • Conference
    The Primacy of Metaphysics. A Conference with Christopher Peacocke
    Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie
    Event Organiser: Musholt, Kristina; Rödl, Sebastian
    24/06/2019 – 25/06/2019
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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

  • Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy

    On the basis of three historical stages, namely Aristotle's Metaphysics, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the lecture develops the concept of philosophy as pure cognition, i.e. as an explication of that cognition which is contained in the ability of reason in the sense that everyone who has this ability possesses precisely with it the cognition in question.

  • Introduction to the didactics of philosophy and ethics

    Based on relevant texts by Wilhelm von Humboldt, John Dewey, Theodor Litt and Anselm Müller, the lecture discusses the fundamental question of what upbringing and education are and how they are anchored in human life.

  • Specialization in practical philosophy

    The lecture develops the concept of practical knowledge as the knowledge of good and evil. In this contrast, what otherwise appears as the relation of a reality to its associated privation, defect, lack, becomes sharpened into a contradictory opposition. The lecture explores this unlimited negativity of the human being on the basis of texts by Aristotle, Kant, Hegel and Luther.