The Institute of Philosophy is among Germany’s largest and most traditional institutes in this field and is distinguished by the wide variety of disciplines covered. The members of the Institute understand philosophy as an invitation to think for themselves, and their research and teaching activities encompass a number of fields, including analytical philosophy, phenomenology, classical German philosophy, post-structuralism, and history of philosophy.
The Institute’s scholarly work extends beyond examining issues within its own discipline of philosophy. One feature of particular note is its many interdisciplinary connections within the university, including the involvement of scholars at the Institute of Philosophy in the Interdisciplinary Center for Historical Anthropology and the collaborative research center “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” as well as research projects within the “Languages of Emotion” and “Topoi” clusters of excellence. The interdisciplinary Research Training Group “Notational Iconicity,” which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is based at the Institute.