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PhD position in Classical German Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Classical German Philosophy
AOS categories History of Philosophy
AOC Philosophical anthropology
AOC categories Continental Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Nijmegen, Niederlande, Gelderland, Netherlands
Job description

Are you a creative and independant thinker who is passioned about Classical German Philosophy? Are you interested in anthropological theories of the late 18th and early 19th centuries? And do you hold a Master's degree in Philosophy, or are you close to obtaining such a degree? If so, we encourage you to apply as a PhD candidate.

The Department of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology is looking for a PhD candidate to work on the project ’The Origins of Philosophical Anthropology in Classical German Philosophy’. In the eighteenth century, the study of human nature and the development of anthropological theories gained increasing attention. Classical German philosophers played a central role in establishing philosophical anthropology as a proper academic discipline. Kant’s lectures on anthropology, delivered at the University of Königsberg from 1772 to 1796, and his book Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht (1798) were pivotal in this development. Kant’s work sparked a growing interest in anthropological topics, and his influence can be observed in major representatives of classical German philosophy (from Herder to Hegel) and in other post-Kantian philosophers who contributed to the anthropological debates of the time (such as Carl Leonhard Reinhold, Carl Christian Erhard Schmid, and Jakob Friedrich Fries). Additionally, philosophical approaches were shaped by both the positive and critical reception of contemporaneous scientific anthropologies developed by physicians and life scientists like Johann Friedrich Blumenbach and Ernst Platner. Recent scholarship on classical German philosophy has demonstrated a growing interest in anthropological topics, especially with regard to Kant’s anthropology. However, less attention has been paid to the anthropological accounts of other post-Kantian philosophers and to the influence of empirical research on philosophical theories.

As a PhD candidate, you will conduct research on anthropological theories of one or more authors of classical German philosophy. This may involve focusing on the main proponents (such as Kant, Herder, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel) or expanding the scope of research to include lesser-known or overlooked authors. You will be asked to submit a short research proposal outlining your proposed topic and author(s), and explaining how your proposed research will fit into the project on the origins of philosophical anthropology in classical German philosophy. 

Your teaching load will be up to 10% of your working time.


  • You hold an MA degree in Philosophy. You have a good knowledge of Classical German Philosophy. Familiarity with the project’s subject area is desired.
  • You are able to conduct independent research and work in a collaborative research environment.
  • You have an excellent command of English (spoken and written) and possess good writing skills.
  • You have excellent reading skills in German.
  • You are willing to provide teaching.
How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.ru.nl/en/working-at/job-opportunities/...
Hard deadline August 15, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.ru.nl/en/working-at/job-opportunities/...
Contact name Manja Kisner
Contact email
Time created July 8, 2024, 9:17pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 15, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Last updated July 8, 2024, 9:17pm UTC
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