Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster!


The Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster is one of the largest philosophical institutions in Germany, with nine professors and nine other members on the teaching and research staff. It participates in numerous research networks and projects, working in close cooperation with institutions on campus and around the world. The range of subjects covered is vast. Students can choose from courses that span from ancient to modern philosophy and from formal logic and argumentation theory all the way to applied ethics. For further information about the Faculty and its research interests as well as information about undergraduate and graduate programs, please see the main navigation bar located above. We invite you to learn more about us!

Resources
The Faculty of Philosophy offers academic advising at their Service-Büro; advisors assist national and international students with all questions regarding their study programs, and they are also responsible for organizing the module final exams. Further information can be found here.

The Faculty of Philosophy also offers a Writing Center, or Schreibwerkstatt, to support students and researchers with academic writing in philosophy. Further information (in German) can be found here.

Once a month the Faculty of Philosophy in cooperation with the Employment Agency of Münster offers career consultation. To avoid waiting times, we recommend registering by email. Further information can be found here.

Always up-to-date – Our Newsletters
We have put together two newsletters especially for the students and faculty which contain current information about upcoming events, important registration dates, exam deadlines, and new opportunities. The newsletters also notify students and faculty of cancelled office hours or course sessions in the event of illness. All necessary information and registration can be found here. You can also subscribe to our RSS-Feed for current announcements.


Overview


The Institute (Chairs and Delegates)

  1. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Bayertz
    Areas of specialization: Practical Philosophy with an emphasis on Environmental Ethics
    Secretary: Claudia Güstrau
  2. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Blesenkemper
    Areas of specialization: Didactics of Philosophy
    Secretary: Claudia Güstrau
  3. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Leinkauf
    Areas of specialization: 17th and 18th century Philosophy with an emphasis on Leibniz
    Secretary: Tanja Uekötter
  4. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Mesch
    Areas of specialization: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Secretary: Claudia Güstrau
  5. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Quante Areas of specialization: Ethics and Practical Philosophy Secretary: Tanja Uekötter 
  6. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinold Schmücker
    Areas of specialization: Philosophical Aesthetics, the Theory of Cultural Science, and the Philosophy of Media
    Secretary: Claudia Güstrau 
  7. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver R. Scholz
    Areas of specialization: Ontology and Epistemology Secretary: Tanja Uekötter
  8. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Krohs
    Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Science and the Philosophy of Nature
    Secretary: Claudia Güstrau
  9. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Niko Strobach
    Areas of specialization: Logic and the Philosophy of Language
    Secretary: Sandra Bertels

Delegates (Sabbatical Leave)

  1. PD Dr. Marcel van Ackeren (for Prof. Dr. Quante)
  2. Dr. Birger Brinkmeier (for Prof. Dr. Bayertz)
  3. PD Dr. Michael Städtler (for Prof. Dr. Mesch)


Courses and Events

This section contains information about the various events held by the Department of Philosophy as well as the opportunities it offers.

Course Catalog for the Department of Philosophy

The course catalog (KVV) for the current semester can be found here. In addition, please refer to the LSF alongside the course catalog for course information. To configure your own KVV, please see the tutorial (in German) presented here

Lectures, Colloquia, and Reading Groups
Advanced students, doctoral candidates, and academic colleagues have the opportunity to form reading groups to discuss particular themes and texts. Participation in a reading group is optional in the Master’s program in philosophy. Use the navigation in the left-hand column to learn more about the current reading groups. If you are an advanced student interested in organizing a reading group, or if you have already formed a reading group and would like it to be displayed on the homepage, please contact Dr. Sibille Mischer.

Every year one renowned philosopher is chosen to be the distinguished speaker for the Münster Lecture in Philosophy (Münstersche Vorlesungen zur Philosophie), established in 1997. The chosen philosopher gives an evening lecture and participates in a one or two day colloquium, where students are able to directly engage him or her in conversation. Further information can be found here.

The Institute’s Colloquium offers regularly scheduled lectures held by the members of the Department of Philosophy. The lectures take place in a comfortable atmosphere. There is always an opportunity to discuss the presented material following each lecture. The purpose of this colloquium is to foster the exchange of subject-specific knowledge as well as the relationships among the members of the Department. Students are greatly encouraged to attend! An overview of the Colloquium’s program can be found here.

Lectures by Visiting Scholars take place throughout the semester. National and international scholars present current research in their field of expertise.

More philosophy at the WWU:
Other institutions associated with the Department of Philosophy also hold lectures on philosophical themes on a regular basis. Of particular relevance are the lectures and courses offered by the Centre for Bioethics and the Center for Philosophy of Science.



Research

This section showcases the diverse areas of research at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster.

In the History of Philosophy, some notable examples include:

  • Ancient Philosophy and its reception in the Middle Ages and early modern period
  • Kant and German Idealism

In Systematic Philosophy, the focus includes:

  • Applied Ethics (especially bioethics, medical ethics, and questions concerning nanotechnology)

and

  • Metaphysics and its relation to the sciences

The contemporary topics of focus are being networked and documented by those involved in research associations and assembled research groups:

Furthermore, the Department’s goal is a graduate school with an international network and the involvement of international researchers.

Important for the interdisciplinary networking of philosophy within the University itself is also the Center for Philosophy of Science.

Additionally, beyond the associations and groups, research is also being conducted in areas such as Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Anthropology, Philosophy of Science, and the Philosophy of Language. This vast array of subjects distinguishes the Department of Philosophy from other institutions in Germany.

Further information about the Department’s areas of research – as well as particular publications and the subjects currently being worked on – can be found here.



Academic Advising (Service-Büro)

You can contact the academic advisors at the Service-Büro, a student service specially financed by the University, to answer all of your questions about the various study programs and the organization of exams. Julia F. Göhner, M.A. and Timo Dresenkamp, M.A. can personally assist you during the Service-Büro’s office hours and can also be reached by email or telephone. The Service-Büro can also be contacted over the shared email address or via phone: 0251-83 24475.

The Service-Büro assists students in the following ways:

  • advises individual students throughout the course of their studies
  • helps students plan further aspects of their studies such as studying abroad (e.g., Erasmus, etc.); it also assists students during their study abroad (by telephone or email)
  • advises incoming Erasmus students studying at the Department of Philosophy in Münster
  • helps students with the recognition of study and exam accreditation either from another course of studies in Münster or from another institution
  • assists students with the transferring of credit points
  • aids students in the organization of their exams, such as registering for module final exams in the Bachelor and Master of Education degree courses and coordinates the times of the oral exams
  • forwards student results to the Office of the Registrar (Prüfungsamt), and serves as a mediator to deal with problems concerning the booking of credit points
  • advises new students who may be interested in studying philosophy, and also enrolled students who may be considering transferring to the philosophy program
  • issues certificates for the German Office for Educational Support (BAFöG-Amt)

Additionally, the Service-Büro is closely connected to the Department’s module instructors and Administrative Director; they work together to plan course offerings and to coordinate career advising. The Service-Büro’s staff members are, moreover, instructors for the Department of Philosophy.

The Service-Büro’s Newsletter
To stay up-to-date, it is helpful to register for the Service-Büro’s email list. The newsletter informs students of registration deadlines, the exam dates of module final exams, etc. Register here.

The Service Büro’s Office Hours
Julia Göhner and Timo Dresenkamp’s office hours can be found in the Instructor’s Office Hours.



FAQ International Students

Q: Which courses am I allowed to attend?
A. All courses offered by the Department of Philosophy are basically open for you to attend. In some cases the consent of the respective instructor may be required. An overview of all the courses offered by the Department of Philosophy can be found here.

Q: How do I register for courses?
A. First, put together an overview of the courses you prefer to attend. Then, submit your overview in person to the Service-Büro at the Department of Philosophy. In some cases a form entitled Changes in Learning Agreement may be issued.

Q: How good does my German need to be to study at the Department of Philosophy in Münster?
A. The courses offered by the Department of Philosophy are always held in German. Your knowledge of German should therefore be good enough to be able to understand the content of the seminars and lectures and to comprehend the assigned reading materials.

Q: Can oral exams be held in another language than German? Can written essays be submitted in another language than German?
A. This is possible, in principle. You will of course first need the agreement of the respective instructor.

Q: Who can I contact for assistance?
A:

  • For questions regarding immatriculation, please contact the proper person at the WWU Münster’s Office of the Registrar .
  • For questions concerning the Erasmus-progamme, please contact the International Office at your home university.
  • For all questions concerning the philosophy program or exams, please contact Timo Dresenkamp, M.A. or Julia F. Göhner, M.A. from the Service-Büro. Additionally, we can also be of assistance during our office hours.