Sybille Krämer was Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin until her retirement in April 2018 and has been Senior Professor ('Guest Researcher') at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg since March 2019. The University of Linköping, Sweden, awarded her an honorary doctorate (Dr. h.c.) in 2016.

Professional Career


Studies at the Universities of Hamburg and Marburg (Dr. phil. 1980)


Habilitation at the University of Düsseldorf


University assistant at the Institute for Philosophy of the Philipps University of Marburg

1989 – 2018

Professor of theoretical philosophy (epistemology, philosophy of language) at Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2019

Senior professor (guest researcher) at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg



Research Fellow at Balliol College Oxford


Permanent Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

2010 und 2018

Senior Fellowships at the International Research School for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna


Senior Fellowship at the International College for Cultural Technology Research and Media Philosophy (IKM) at the Bauhaus University Weimar


Senior Fellowship in the research group 'Media Cultures of Computer Simulation' (MECS) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Academic Positions

  • Visiting professor at the TU Vienna, at the Max Reinhard Seminar Vienna, at universities in Zurich, Graz and Lucerne, at Tokyo University and Yale University
  • Founding member of the Herman von Helmholtz Center at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2000)
  • Member of the German Science Council (2000-2006)
  • Member of the Panel of the European Research Council Brussels (2007 - 2014)
  • Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (2009 - 2016)
  • Member of the Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony (2016-2019)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Specialized Information Service in Philosophy, University of Cologne (since 2018)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna (since 2020)

Research Alliances/PhD Schools

  • Member and PI in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 447' Cultures of the Performative (2000 - 2010)
  • Member and PI in the DFG research group Bild Schrift Zahl (2001 - 2007)
  • Member and PI in the Cluster of Excellence: Topoi. The Formation and Transformation of Space and Kowledge in Ancient Civilizations (2007- 2012)
  • Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group 1458 'Schriftbildlichkeit. Perceptibility, Materiality and Operativity of Notations' (2007-2012)
  • Member of the DFG Research Training Group 1539 'Visibility and Visualization' (2011 - 2015)

Numerous DFG third-party funded projects related to my research priorities.

Main research topics

  • Philosophical Rationalism
  • Theory of mind and consciousness
  • Philosophy of language, writing and image
  • Theories of the performative and embodiment theories
  • Symbolic machines, cultural techniques of formalization and digitality
  • Media Philosophy
  • The relationship between the humanities and digital humanities

Translations of publications in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese.

Literature on my biography

Weg? Randgänge!, in: Chr. und M. Hauskeller (Hrsg.), "...was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält". 34 Wege zur Philosophie, Hamburg: Junius 1996, 175-182

Philosophin und Mutter?! Nachdenken über eine Verbindung, die keinen Zusammenhang bildet, in: Kind und Karriere. Frankfurt, New York: Campus 2005

Commemorative publication

Digital commemorative publication for the 60th birthday, Berlin 2011:

Drehmomente. Philosophische Reflexionen für Sybille Krämer


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