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prof. dr. P. (Pauline) Kleingeld

Professor of Philosophy (Ethics and its History)
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I studied in Leiden and Frankfurt am Main and received my PhD in 1994 from Leiden University. In 1993 I became Assistant Professor and in 2001 Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2004 until 2010 I was Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University. I have been at the University of Groningen since 1-1-2011.

My academic interests are in Kant and Kantian philosophy, as well as in ethics and political philosophy. I am the author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012; paperback 2013) and Fortschritt und Vernunft: Zur Geschichtsphilosophie Kants (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 1995). I have also edited three volumes with translations of texts by Immanuel Kant and Gottfried Achenwall. 

In 2020 I received the Spinoza Prize. I am currently directing the NWO-funded research program "Universal Moral Laws" (2019-2023) and the project funded by the Spinoza Prize, on Kant, Kantianism and morality. I previously directed three other NWO-funded research programs: "Morality beyond illusions: Re-assessing the philosophical implications of empirical studies of moral agency" (2009-2013), "Kant on morality and empirical knowledge of moral agency" (2011-2015), and "The moral relevance of weakness of will: A dispositional account" (2012-2016). I am a co-PI on the NWO-funded 'gravitation' consortium grant, "Sustainable Cooperation" (2017-2026).

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