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Research at the Institute of Philosophy


The Institute of Philosophy conducts research in a variety of areas in theoretical and practical philosophy. This takes place partly within the framework of formal projects with special funding, and partly in connection with the independent research activities of the academic staff.

One particular focus of the Institute is theoretical and practical reflection on the natural and life sciences, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Since Autumn 2015, the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Hannover together with the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University has been running a DFG Research Training Group: "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research – The Integration of Theoretical and Practical Philosophy of Science" (DFG-GRK 2073).

In addition to a focus on various historical philosophical topics, the following systematic approaches are currently represented in the department by the following staff:

  • General epistemology (including metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, heuristics, social epistemology, feminist epistemology): Büter, Hübner, Kiesow, Reydon, Wilholt
  • General ethics (including metaethics, normative ethics, descriptive ethics): Hübner
  • General philosophy of science (choice between competing theories, methodology, experiments, realism/antirealism, freedom of research, value freedom, etc.): Büter, Feest, Frisch, Lohse, Luczak, Wilholt
  • General philosophy of the natural and life sciences: Reydon, Wilholt
  • General philosophy of the humanities and social sciences: Feest
  • Philosophy of biology (evolution, evolutionary models outside the life sciences, explanations in biology, classification/taxonomy, notion of species, etc.): Reydon
  • Philosophy of mathematics: Wilholt
  • Philosophy of physics: Frisch
  • Philosophy of engineering (including philosophy of technology): Reydon
  • Philosophy of psychology (psychological epistemology, psychological experiments, operationalism, introspection, etc.): Feest
  • Philosophy of psychiatry: Büter
  • Philosophy of the social sciences (ontology of the social, individualism/collectivism, reduction/emergence): Lohse
  • Philosophy of history (narrative theory, theory of history): Hübner
  • Philosophy of mind: Feest
  • Political philosophy (theories of justice, distributive justice, philosophy of law, etc.): Hübner
  • Philosophy and climate change: Frisch
  • Applied ethics (biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, scientific ethics, research ethics): Hoppe, Hübner, Reydon, White
  • Didactics in philosophy: Feest