Susanne Lettow

Assistant Professor in Philosophy, University of Paderborn

(March 2013)


The Symbolic Power of Biology:
Articulations of Biological Knowledge in Naturphilosophie around 1800

Biology, established around 1800 as the “science of life,” not only developed in modernity as a specific scientific discipline, but also continually served as a kind of social knowledge. The proposed research project will start from and explore the thesis that the re-configuration of philosophy at the beginning of modernity is crucial for the status that biological knowledge gained in the modern order of knowledge. The research project focuses on the writings in Naturphilosophie by Kant, Schelling, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.



Lehrbeauftragte Gender Studies, Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin
Lise Meitner Fellow 2004-06/2008-11