European Philosophy

European philosophy is a traditional focus of the Northwestern Department of Philosophy. We currently have particular strength in German philosophy from Kant to the present and in 20th century and contemporary French philosophy.

Northwestern offers a research opportunity in the Program in Critical Theory. For more information, click here.

Core Faculty

Mark Alznauer

(Philosophy): German philosophy (esp. Hegel), existentialism, ethics, social and political philosophy

Penelope Deutscher

(Philosophy): 20th century and contemporary French philosophy (esp. Foucault and Derrida), Nietzsche, feminist philosophy and gender theory, poststructuralist theory, biopolitics

Peter Fenves

(German): German literature and philosophy, contemporary French thought (Kant, Kierkegaard, Derrida, Benjamin)

Cristina Lafont

(Philosophy): German philosophy, particularly hermeneutics and critical theory (Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas); contemporary moral and political philosophy, philosophy of language

Rachel Zuckert

(Philosophy): Kant; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century aesthetics; the nineteenth-century German philosophical tradition, with special interest in Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, and Hegel

Additional Faculty

Philosophy faculty with a strong secondary interest in European philosophy:

Kyla Ebels Duggan

(Philosophy): Moral theory, political philosophy, Kant, History of ethics

Sean Ebels-Duggan

(Philosophy): Philosophy of logic and mathematics, forerunners of and early analytic philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of language, and mind, philosophy of religion, Kant.

Axel Mueller

(Philosophy): Philosophy of science, American pragmatism, philosophy of language in the analytic tradition, Kant

Kenneth Seeskin

(Philosophy): ancient and medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion, Kant, Jewish philosophy, including continental (Maimonides, Spinoza, Cohen, Rosenzweig, Levinas)

Additional Northwestern faculty with special interests in European Philosophy

Chris Bush

(French and Italian): French, German, and American modernities, interactions between East Asian and Euro-American modernisms; intellectual and cultural history, aesthetics, avant-gardes, translation, media. Teaching concentrations in Derrida, Hegel, Marx

Mary G. Dietz

(Political Science): Political Theory, Feminist theory, and the history of political thought, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt

Scott Durham

(French and Italian): 20th- and 21st-century literature, film, and theory, with particular emphasis on Foucault and Deleuze, as well as the Marxist critical tradition

Lars Tønder 

(Political Science) early modern political thought, political theology, phenomenology, and new theories of democracy, post-structuralism, Kant, Spinoza, Deleuze, Nietzsche

Sam Weber

(German): Critical Theory, Derrida, Freud, Lacan, Frankfurt School, Benjamin