The main focus of the Philosophy Department is in the following areas: Philosophy of Culture and Cultural Theory, Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Phenomenology, Recent French Philosophy, Marxisms, and Philosophy of Emotions.

Moreover, the research and teaching of the Department of Philosophy is particularly concerned with making the theoretical-historical traditions visible in the background of current debates and questions in cultural studies. An example of this is the phenomenological-hermeneutic tradition, which continues to have an impact on contemporary French philosophy and has thus indirectly become a keyword in cultural studies.

The department includes three professorships and several research assistant positions. It is substantially involved in the teaching of the Bachelor's and Master's programs, the complementary studies, the Leuphana Semester, and the doctoral studies. In addition, it contributes to the focus on "Text Cultures: Philosophy, Literature, History" and is responsible for the Minor in Philosophy, which was launched with great success in the winter semester 2010/2011.

Overall, philosophy plays an essential role in providing a theoretical foundation for teaching in cultural studies. As a critical practice of thinking, it investigates the conditions of cognition and provides methodological and content-related impulses to the individual sciences. It makes an important contribution to the assessment of valid rules and norms as well as current social problems. The study of philosophy aims to introduce students to different forms of thought and mutually contradictory approaches from the tradition of classical texts and contemporary debates. Students strengthen their critical-analytical skills in reading and argumentation and learn to evaluate conflicting claims by critically examining the respective reasons and counter-reasons.