Kristin Gjesdal is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. Her scholarship covers modern European philosophy, philosophy of interpretation (hermeneutics), and philosophy of art, especially philosophy of sculpture and philosophy of theater. She also publishes on Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Ibsen. Kristin Gjesdal is the author of three monographs, eight edited and co-edited volumes, and around 50 peer-reviewed articles on Enlightenment philosophy, German Idealism, Nineteenth-Century thought, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and philosophy of literature. Her short book on the philosophy of Germaine de Staël is under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Kristin Gjesdal received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo. She taught in Norway and England before moving to Philadelphia in 2005. She has lived and studied in Oslo, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, and Chicago. She has freelanced as a literary critic in the National Broadcasting (radio) and is a regular contributor to a number of newspapers in Norway and beyond. She has been awarded The Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching from The College of Liberal Arts at Temple, Alumni Board. Kristin Gjesdal has held a Professorial Fellowship in philosophy at the University of Oslo (2014-2018). She is an area editor of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. She is also on the editorial board of European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Transcendental Philosophy, Kritik & Klasse (Denmark), and the book series Cultura della Modernità (Italy). She is a life-long elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Kristin Gjesdal is currently working on two book-length projects: The first, preliminary entitled “Unruly Women: Philosophers, Romantics, and Revolutionaries,” explores social and political philosophy from Germaine de Staël to Rosa Luxemburg. The second, “The Imperative of Interpretation: Herder, Schleiermacher, Staël,” studies the development of modern hermeneutics from the point of view of concrete political and cultural challenges in post-revolutionary Europe, most notably discussions of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, gender, and related topics.
Kristin Gjesdal has presented her work on post-Kantian philosophy, art, and literature through some hundred invited lectures in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, England, Egypt, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, Austria, Ireland, Canada, and other places. She has held a Fulbright Fellowship, a Humboldt Fellowship, and been a Visiting Scholar at The University of Chicago, Columbia University, the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, and the Goethe-Üniversität, Frankfurt.
This 3:16 interview offers a survey of her research interests.
Kristin Gjesdal’s monographs include:
- Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (CUP 2009 | paperback 2011)
- Herder’s Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (CUP 2017 | paperback 2019)
- The Drama of History: Ibsen, Hegel, Nietzsche (OUP 2020)
- The Philosophy of Germaine de Staël (under contract with CUP)
Her edited and co-edited volumes include:
- The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition (forthcoming OUP | with D. Nassar)
- Women Philosophers in the Long Nineteenth Century: The German Tradition (OUP 2021 | with D. Nassar)
- Philosophy of Sculpture: Historical Problems; Contemporary Approaches (Routledge 2020| with F. Rush and I. Torsen)
- The Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics (CUP 2019 | with M. Forster)
- The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (OUP 2018 |with M. Forster)
- Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (OUP 2017)
- Key Debates in Nineteenth-Century European Philosophy (Routledge 2016)