Kristin Gjesdal is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. Her scholarship covers modern European philosophy, including women philosophers in this period. Systematically, she covers philosophy of interpretation (hermeneutics), social and political philosophy, feminism, 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 (plus two forthcoming), 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 Germaine de Staël is under contract with Cambridge University Press and a further monograph on Staël, How to be a Self. Four Lessons from Germaine de Staël, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Kristin Gjesdal is currently working on two further research 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, “Emancipation and 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.

This 3:16 interview offers a survey of her research interests.

Kristin Gjesdal’s monographs include:

Her edited and co-edited volumes include:

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