Katharina Kraus

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame

Katharina Kraus is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, she is a member of the steering committee of the newly established History of Philosophy Forum, a faculty fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and a faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in History and Philosophy of Science. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2017, she taught at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and was a post-doctorial fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

After her studies of physics, mathematics, and philosophy, she received a Diplom in physics (Master equivalent) from the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg in 2008, a Master 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, 2020) and of numerous articles on Kant’s theoretical philosophy in journals such as Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, European Journal of Philosophy, and Noûs. Her research interests include the philosophy of Enlightenment (esp. Locke, Leibniz and Kant), 19th and 20th century German philosophy (esp. philosophy of life and hermeneutics), as well as contemporary analytic philosophy of mind, science, and language (esp. expressivism and contextualism). 

Research Projects

Current Courses

Self-Knowledge and Identity (PHIL 30304)

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...

History Of Modern Philosophy (PHIL 30302)

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.

The Soul (PHIL 93268)

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.

North American Kant Society (NAKS)
Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie e.V. (GAP)
American Philosophical Association (APA)