Philosophy has a long and rich tradition lasting up to the intensive debates of contemporary philosophy in which the researchers and teachers of the unit are actively engaged. As a critical practice of thought, philosophy examines the conditions of cognition, gives methodological and content-related impetus to other sciences, and makes an important contribution to assessing valid rules and norms as well as current social problems.

One of the concerns of philosophy at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is to support the exchange and lines of connection between the continental European and Anglo-Saxon traditions of philosophy. In doing so, we combine the claims to clear argumentation made by analytical philosophy with the examination of claims to truth and validity and the research of the phenomenological-hermeneutic tradition, which continues to have an effect on current French philosophy and has thus indirectly become a source of inspiration in cultural studies. A further main focus of philosophy is on cultural philosophy and aesthetics since the “saddle period” around the year 1800, but also on German idealism and its history of international reception.

With theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, and the theory of science, the unit functions as a cross-faculty bridge within the university.