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Susanna Lindberg

Professor Continental Philosophy

Prof.dr. S.E. Lindberg
+31 71 527 2232

Susanna Lindberg is professor of Continental Philosophy at Leiden University. She teaches and conducts research in continental philosophy from German Idealism, Phenomenology and Poststructuralism until contemporary developments.

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Fields of interest

I am specialised in continental philosophy, especially its historical origins in German idealism and phenomenology and its contemporary developments in post-war French philosophy. In my work, I have explored the developments and ramifications of the entire field of modern European philosophy. In my recent writings, I have studied contemporary subjects such as ecology, technology, and globalization from the perspective of continental philosophy. I also work occasionally on philosophy of art.


The starting point of my research was a work on a historical subject examined with a contemporary method: a comprehensive study on the relation between G.W.F. Hegel and Martin Heidegger, that was a not a simple comparison between dialectics and phenomenology but also a "double deconstruction" of each one by the other. The work was motivated by a methodological question: how can one read equitably and at the same time two philosophers whose methods exclude one another and actually define one another as non-philosophy? From Hegel's point of view, Heidegger's thinking of being falls outside of the sphere of reason and from Heidegger's point of view Hegel's reason hides the very possibility of ontology. In my work, I show how Hegel would answer to Heidegger's question of finitude and how Heidegger would answer to Hegel's question of recognition.

In a second phase of my research I concentrated more precisely on the subterranean ways in which a specific interpretation of nature developed by German Idealists was later inherited by 20th century phenomenology. In these traditions, nature was not studied as an epistemological object but in terms of an ontology of life. I expanded my studies from Hegel's philosophy to Schelling's Naturphilosophie, and from Heidegger to Jonas, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, and others. I showed how this tradition brought to the fore a thinking of animality in terms of an art or a technique of living; and as an theory of the elemental being that provides an alternative to onto-theology.

In the third, ongoing phase of my research I expand these ideas into studies of the contemporary lifeworld. In this work I suggest that classical existential, social and political philosophy cannot face the three major challenges of our time: globalisation, ecological crisis and development of technology. I develop ways of articulating human existence and co-existence anew in this specific situation.

Grants and awards

The most recent grants awarded by:
Finnish Cultural Foundation (2020) (120 000 €)
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation (2016) (28 000 €)
Kone Foundation (2012) (120 000 €)
Heinrich Hertz-Stiftung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen  (2007)
University of Helsinki Network for Europe Studies (2010) (210 000 €)

Curriculum vitae

Prof. dr. Susanna Lindberg studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki (minor: musicology). She received her PhD from Université Marc Bloch of Strasbourg, where she studied under the supervision of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, enjoying also the teaching of Jean-Luc Nancy. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Finland (2001-2006) and at the University of Helsinki (2007-2010). She worked as university lecturer and professor of philosophy at the University of Tampere (2010-2014), after which she spent a three-year research period as researcher associated to Université Paris Nanterre funded by Kone foundation. From 2017 to 2020 she worked as core fellow of the Helsinki University Collegium for Advanced Studies. In 2020, she starts as full professor of continental philosophy at the University of Leiden.

Key publications


Technique en philosophie (2020), Paris: Hermann.

Le monde défait. L'être au monde aujourd'hui (2016), Paris: Hermann.

Heidegger contre Hegel: Les irréconciliables (2010), Paris: L'Harmattan.

Entre Heidegger et Hegel : L'éclosion et vie de l'être (2010), Paris: L'Harmattan.

Filosofien ystävyys. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy ja yhteisön kaksi mieltä. [The Friendship of Philosophers. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, and the two sense of community] (1998), Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto.

Edited volumes:


Four transcendental illusions of the digital world: A Derridian Approach, Research in Phenomenology 51 (2021). Article.

Computational Ethics Today in Philosophy, Literature and Media. Edited and with an introduction with Hanna-Kaisa Roine. Forthcoming at Bloomsbury, 2021.

Azimuth Special Issue "Intersections: At the Technophysics of Space" (2018), edited with Georgios Tsagdis.

The End of the World. Contemporary Philosophy and Art (2017), edited and with an introduction with Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Europe Beyond Universalism and Particularism (2014), edited and with an introduction by Susanna Lindberg, Sergei Prozorov and Mika Ojakangas , New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Limite – illimité, questions au présent (2012), edited and with an introduction by Susanna Lindberg and Gisèle Berkman, Paris: Nouvelles Éditions Cécile Defaut

Tulkintoja Hegelin Hengen fenomenologiasta, [Interpretations of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit] (2012), edited by Susanna Lindberg. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.

Mikä mimesis? Philippe Lacoue-Labarthen filosofinen teatteri. [What mimesis? The philosophical theater of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe] (2009), edited by Susanna Lindberg and Ari Hirvonen. Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto.

Selection of articles:

"Being with Technique – Technique as Being-With: The Technological Communities of Gilbert Simondon" (2019), Continental Philosophy Review. 8.6.2019.

"Politics of Digital Learning – Thinking Education with Bernard Stiegler" (2019), Education Philosophy and Theory, vol 51.

"Robots in Art: Where's the Work?" (2019), The internet platform workworkworkworkworkwork.com curated by Matthias de Groof and Ashley Kerr. https://workworkworkworkworkwork.com/susanna-lindberg-robots-in-art-wheres-the-work/

"Technics of Space, Place and Displace" (2018), In Azimuth Special Issue "Intersections: At the Technophysics of Space", p. 27-44.

“Liberation – Of Art and Technics: Artistic Responses to Heidegger’s Call for a Dialogue between Technics and Art." (2017), Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 4:2, p. 139-154.

“Onto-technics – in Bryant, Harman and Nancy” (2018), PhaenEx, journal of existential and phenomenological theory and culture. Vol 12, no 2, p. 81-102.

"Monde, fin du monde, défaite du monde : La mise en question du monde chez Martin Heidegger et Jacques Derrida" (2017), Revue Philosophique de Louvain 115(1), p. 85-118.

“Natural History Today” (2016), Philosophy Today, Volume 60, Issue 4 (Fall 2016).

"La question de la techno-écologie" (2017), Multitudes 65, hiver 2017.

"Derrida's Quasi-Technique" (2016), Research in Phenomenology 46, p. 369-389.

"Technologies of the End of the World" (2017), in End of the world, edited by S. Lindberg and M. Cavalcante Schuback London: Rowman and Littlefield.

"Lost in the World of Technology with and after Heidegger" (2015), Epoché,  a journal for the history of philosophy. Volume 2, Issue 1, fall 2015, p. 213-232.

"Penser avec Hegel. Le cas du cours de Heidegger sur la Philosophie du Droit de Hegel en 1934/1935" (2014), Dans Qu'appelle-t-on la pensée. Le philosopher heideggérien. Dir. par Christophe Perrin. Bucharest, Zeta Books, 2014. A shorter version of the same: "Hegel in 1933", in On Hegel's Philosophy of Right. The 1934-35 Seminar and Interpretive Essays. Edited by Michael Marder, Marcia Schuback and Peter Trawny. Bloomsbury, New York and London, 2014, p 19-36.

"Unhomely Europe" (2014), In Europe Beyond Universalism and Particularism, edited by S. Lindberg, S. Prozorov and M. Ojakangas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

"Elemental Nature as the Ultimate Common Ground of the World Community" (2013), Politics of the One. Concepts of the One and the Many in Contemporary Thought, edited by Arthemy Magun, Bloomsbury, series Political theory and contemporary philosophy, p. 157-173.

"Les hantises de Clara" [on Schelling's novel Clara], (2013) Revue Germanique Internationale 18/2013, CNRS éditions, 235-253.

"Schelling's organism and Merleau-Ponty's flesh" (2011), Phenomenology 2010. Volume 4. Selected essays from Northern Europe. Eds. Dermot Moran and Hans Rainer Sepp. Bucharest: Zeta Books, p. 190-210.

"The Remains of the Romantic Philosophy of Nature: Being as Life or the Plurality of Living Beings?" (2010), New Centennial Review 10:3, winter 2010, 37-54.

"Onto-rythmie" [On Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe] (2010), Revue Philosophique de Louvain 108(3), 527-548.

"On the Night of the Elemental Imaginary" (2011), Research in phenomenology 41, 157-180.

"Reading against Hegel" (2013) in Die Stile Martin Heideggers. Hrsg. Patrick Baur, Bernd Bösel und Dieter Mersch. Freiburg / München: Verlag Karl Alber / Alber Philosophie, p. 96-111.

"Tonalités élémentaires" (2010), in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, la césure et l'impossible. Recueilli par Jacob Rogozinski. Paris: Nouvelles Éditions Lignes, p. 231-248.

“Womanlife, or Lifework and Psycho-technique: Woman as the Figure of the Plasticity of the Transcendence" (2010), in Beyond Antigone? Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought, ed. Kimberley Hutchings and Tuija Pulkkinen. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

“The Legacy of Schelling’s Philosophy of Nature in 20th Century Phenomenology of the Elemental” (2008), in Das Elementale: Erde, Pan und Fleisch, Hrsg. Annette Hilt und Anselm Böhmer. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann.

”Vivant à la limite” (2006), Études philosophiques 1 / 2006.

”Être avec un autre. Heidegger et le problème de la reconnaissance” (2007), Philosophie, n° 93.

”Heidegger et l’être-avec” (2007), Socialité et reconnaissance, grammaires de l’humain, éd. Georg W. Bertram, Robin Celikates, Christophe Laudou et David Lauer. Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan.

”The Living Consciousness of the German Idealists” (2007), A History of Consciousness, ed. Sara Heinämaa, Vili Lähteenmäki and Pauliina Remes. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishing.

”Acuité et étourdissement : les animaux de Hegel et Heidegger” (2007), Hegel-Jahrbuch / Les actes du XXV Congrès international Hegel ”Penser la vie”. Berlin: De Gruyter.

”The Concept of life. Through Heidegger towards German Idealism” (2006), Mensch, Leben, Technik, Hrsgg. Julia Jonas ja Karl-Heinz Lembeck, hgg von. Deutsche Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung. Würzburg: Könighausen und Neumann.

”Hans Jonas: Life in the face of Responsibility” (2005), Phänomenologische Forschungen / Phenomenological Studies / Recherches phénoménologiques. Hamburg: Felix Meiner.

”Heidegger’s Animal” (2004), Phänomenologische Forschungen / Phenomenological Studies / Recherches phénoménologiques. Hamburg: Felix Meiner.

Principal translations into Finnish:

Jean-Luc Nancy: Corpus (2010)
Jacques Derrida: Du droit à la justice (2000)
Maurice Blanchot: L'espace littéraire (2003)
Jacques Derrida: Le temps du roi: la première partie de Donner le temps (1995)

Professor Continental Philosophy

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number T1.15



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