Professor Continental Philosophy
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.
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 €)
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.
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