Associate Professor of Philosophy
Johns Hopkins University
Katharina Kraus is Miller Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Miller Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, where she is also Associated Faculty of the German Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Before moving to Hopkins in January 2023, she taught for six years at the University of Notre Dame, where she also served as a member of the steering committee of the newly established History of Philosophy Forum. Before that, she taught at the University College Freiburg of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and was a post-doctorial fellow of the Martin Buber Society at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
After her studies of physics, mathematics, and philosophy, she received a Diplom in physics (including a BA and MA equivalent) from the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg in 2008, a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science in 2010 and a PhD in philosophy in 2014, both from the University of Cambridge.
Kraus is the author of Kant on Self-Knowledge and Self-Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and numerous articles on Kant’s theoretical philosophy. She is currently working on a short monograph on Kant’s Ideas of Reason (Cambridge Elements Series). In her new research project, The Life of the Mind, she examines theories of mental development and personal growth in the tradition of transcendental philosophy and philosophy of life that model the mind on a conception of life and place particular emphasis on mental or spiritual life (“geistiges Leben”). More recently, she has developed a strong interest in the work of women philosophers of the German tradition in the long nineteenth century and studies in particular Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861–1937) and Edith Stein (1891–1942).
Her systematic research interests include topics such as self-consciousness, the first-person perspective, personal identity, and self-constitution, as well as analytic theories of expressivism, contextualism, and perspectivalism.
Stefanie Buchenau (Université Paris 8), Patrick Frierson (Whitman College), and Allen Wood (Indiana University, Bloomington) commented on my book.
Katharina T. Kraus: Kant on Self-Knowledge and Self-Formation: The Nature of Inner Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
This book explores the intricate relationship between becoming an individual person and knowing oneself as such by studying Kant’s distinctive account of psychological personhood.
An expressivist interpretation of Kant’s “I think” (Wolfgang Freitag, Katharina Kraus). Noûs (2020).
This paper develops and defends an expressivist interpretation of Kant’s “I think”. It argues that “I think”, expresses the self‐consciousness that, without assertively representing the subject itself, indicates that representational contents are unified in a single consciousness of a single subject.
The project aims to reconceive the relation between individuality and interconnectedness in modern societies by recovering foundational insights regarding the idea of harmony from Enlightenment thought.
This book project aims to present a theory of the mental development of persons. It builds on conceptions of the mind from the Enlightenment and the post-Kantian periods, according to which the mind is understood in terms of a living being endowed with mental powers.
This book presents a novel contextualist interpretation of Kant’s ideas of reason, reconciling noumenalist and fictionalist readings of ideas.
Who am I? How did I become the person I am now? Who am I trying to be? – These are fundamental questions that we all ask ourselves from time to time, such as in moments of decision, reflection, or crisis. This seminar invites all participants to think through these...
This course explores central figures and themes in modern philosophy, including such issue as the human mind and its relationship to the body, nature and knowledge of God, skepticism and knowledge of the external world, causality and freedom.
This course explores conceptions of the soul as a principle of unity, drawing from contemporary sources as well as from selected thinkers from the Ancient and the Modern periods.