Sophie Loidolt

Prof. Dr. Sophie Loidolt

I am professor of philosophy and hold the chair of practical philosophy at TU Darmstadt. My work centers on issues in the fields of phenomenology, political and legal philosophy, and ethics, as well as transcendental philosophy and philosophy of mind. I also have a strong interest in feminist philosophy and gender studies.

My most recent book investigates the philosophy of Hannah Arendt which I conceive mainly as a phenomenology of plurality. Phenomenology of Plurality. Hannah Arendt on Political Intersubjectivity came out with Routledge in 2017 (paperback February 2020) and won the Edward Goodwin Ballard Book Prize in 2018. You can find a review here: [Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews]

Before coming to Darmstadt, I worked as a visiting professor at the philosophy department of the University of Kassel (Germany) (2016-2018) and was an assistant professor at the philosophy department of the University of Vienna (Austria) (2011-2016), where also most of my own education (M.A., PhD) took place. Research and study abroad have brought me to the New School of Social Research in New York, St. Denis University in Paris, the Husserl-Archives in Leuven, and the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen.

My current cooperations continue with the CFS in Copenhagen, where I am a “Recurrent Visiting Professor” (2020-2024), affiliated with the ERC-project “Who are we? Self-Identity, Social Cognition and Collective Intentionality”. Furthermore, I am an elected member of the “Young Academy” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and co-editor of the books series „Phenomenology“ at the publishing house Alber.

Office Hours

Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m., Room: S315/201 (Schloss/Glockenbau). Please schedule via .

Research Profile

• Phenomenology and existential philosophy

• Political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics, social philosophy, social ontology

• Transcendental philosophy, philosophy of mind, classic epistemology

Current Research

• Intersubjectivity, alterity, plurality (esp. Husserl, Levinas, Arendt); phenomenological approaches in ethics and social philosophy

• The political and political theories of action/agency, subjectification and subjectivity in the context of first-, second-, and third-person-perspective

• Experience, normativity, and justification (epistemic and normative)

• The public and the private sphere in the digital age

• Existential dimensions of law: experiences and structures of rightlessness

• Phenomenological conceptions of personal identity

• Intentionality and consciousness, mind-world-relation, conceptual and non-conceptual experience

• Transcendental philosophy and transcendental idealism (esp. Husserl and Kant), theories of new realism