Prof. Dr. Andreas Niederberger

Universitätsstraße 12
D-45127 Essen

Phone: +49 201 183-3474

Office hours: Wednesday 18-19 via Zoom, please arrange specific time by e-mail.
Room: R12 V04 D93

Research Fields

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

Current and Recent Research Projects

2018-2021       Horizon2020-Project Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis (NoVaMigra) (Coordinator)

2017-2020       MERCATOR Forum Migration and Democracy, Foundation MERCATOR, Principal Investigator with Prof. Hans Vorländer, Prof. Andreas Blätte, TU Dresden, University Duisburg-Essen

2015-2019       “Big Risks”: Perceptions and Management of Neuralgic Societal Risks in the 21st Century, FUNK-Foundation, Principal Investigator with Prof. Achim Goerres, Prof. Rüdiger Kiesel

2015-2018       Ethics of Immigration, MERCUR, Principal Investigator with Prof. Volker Heins, Prof. Corinna Mieth, Prof. Christian Neuhäuser

2015-2016       PROBRAL-Project Deep Political Conflicts and the Role of Human Rights: The Case of the Amazon Region, DAAD/CAPES, Principal Investigator with Prof. Paula Arruda

Recent Publications

Klimawandel und Ethik, ed. with Jan Gehrmann, Ruben Langer, Münster: Mentis 2020

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

“Die Idee öffentlicher Vernunft”, in: Henning Hahn, Reza Mosayebi (ed.), John Rawls. Das Recht der Völker (Klassiker Auslegen – Vol. 70), Berlin: Akademie 2019, 159-175

“Reconstituting the Federal Republic? Constitutional Law and Politics before and since 1989”, in: Franziska Lys, Michael Dreyer (ed.), Virtual Walls? Political Unification and Cultural Difference in Contemporary Germany, Rochester/NY: Camden House 2017, 39-56

“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

Full List of Publications

Short CV

2020                  Visiting Professor, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali/LUISS, Rome/Italy

2018, 2015    Visiting professor, Department of Philosophy, Osaka University (Osaka/Japan)

2017-                Full Professor of Philosophy (W3), Department of Philosophy, University Duisburg-Essen

2016-2020    Member of the Board of Directors, Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Integration and Migration (InZentIM), University Duisburg-Essen

2014-2017    Full Professor of Philosophy (W2), Department of Philosophy, University Duisburg-Essen

2012-2014    Visiting Professor of Political and Social Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University Duisburg-Essen

2009-2014    Außerplanmäßiger Professor, Department of Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

2008-2012    Associate Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Philosophy Department, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

2008                  Habilitation in Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, with the habilitation thesis Democracy in world society? Normative foundations of legitimacy in the global political order

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

2003                  Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Saint Louis University (Saint Louis/USA)

2002-2006    Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent C1), Philosophy Department, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

2002                  Ph.D. graduation with Ph.D. dissertation Contingency and reason – Communicative action, post-phenomenology and Aristotelianism, Goethe-University Frankfurt

1999-2002    Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter BAT IIa/2) in the research project The changes in the culture of knowledge of the 12th and 13th century, DFG-Forschungskolleg Cultures of knowledge and social change, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

1998                  M.A. in philosophy (minor subjects: linguistics of roman languages, sociology), Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

1996                  Licence in philosophy, University Paris I (Paris/France)

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

1993-1999    Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy (Sociology, Science of Roman Languages), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, University Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris/France) and Saint Louis University (St. Louis/USA)