Prof. Dr. Andreas Niederberger


Universitätsstraße 12
D-45127 Essen

Phone: +49 201 183-3474

Office hours: Winter term 2016/17: Wed 14-15am (please arrange a specific time by e-mail)
Room: R12 V04 D93

Research Fields

  • Political Philosophy
  • Theories of Rationality
  • Deontological Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Social Philosophy

Current Research Projects

Ethics of Immigration (MERCUR 2015-2018)

Big Risks – Perceptions, Management and Neuralgic Societal Risks in the 21st Century (FUNK-Foundation 2015-2018)

Fundamental political conflicts and the impact of human rights. The case of the Amazon region (PROBRAL – DAAD/CAPES 2015/2016)

Genealogies of the Humanities

Social Foundations of Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law (Collective Intentionality and Its Importance for Politics and Law)

Recent Publications

List of Publications

Internationale Politische Theorie, ed. with Regina Kreide, Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2016

Republican Democracy. Liberty, Law and Politics, ed. with Philipp Schink, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013 (Paperback 2015)

“Citizenship, Democracy and the Plurality of Means, Forms and Levels of Participation”, in: Robin Celikates, Regina Kreide, Tilo Wesche (eds.), Transformations of Democracy. Crisis, Protest and Legitimation, London, New York: Rowman & Littlefield 2015, 83-104

“Esse servitutis omnis impatientem – Platonism, Liberty and Human Dignity as a Path to Modernity in Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola?“, in: The European Legacy 5-6/20 (2015), 513-526

“Are Human Rights Moral Rights?“, in: Amos Nascimento, Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (eds.), Human Dignity, Human Rights and the Cosmopolitan Idea, Farnham, Burlington: Ashgate 2014, 75-92

“Climate Justice from the Perspective of Philosophy“, in: Matthias Dietz, Heiko Garrelts (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement, London, New York: Routledge 2014, 84-103

Short CV

2015 Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Osaka University (Japan)

Since 2014 Professor of Philosophy (Practical Philosophy) at the University of Duisburg-Essen

2012-2014 Visiting Professor of Philosophy (Practical Philosophy) at the University of Duisburg-Essen

2008-2012 Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

2008 Habilitation in Philosophy (Goethe-University Frankfurt) with a thesis on Democracy in World Society? Normative Foundations of Legitimacy in the Global Political Order

2006-2008 DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Political Science and Philosophy at Northwestern University (Evanston/USA)

2003 Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University (St. Louis/USA)

2002-2006 Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Assistent”) at the Department of Philosophy of the Goethe-University Frankfurt

2002 Ph.D. in Philosophy (Goethe-University Frankfurt) with a thesis on Contingency and Reason – Communicative Action, Post-Phenomenology and Aristotelianism

1999-2002 Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the DFG-Forschungskolleg Cultures of Knowledge and Social Change of the Goethe-University Frankfurt

1998 Magister Artium (M.A.) in Philosophy (Minor Subjects Roman Languages, Sociology) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt

1994-1999 Fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)

1993-1998 Student in Frankfurt/Main, Paris and St. Louis