Associate Professor

Anderson Hall 742

Ph.D., University of Oslo


Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Aesthetics, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology


Kristin Gjesdal received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo in 2002. She taught philosophy in Norway and England before moving to Philadelphia in 2005. She has lived and studied in Oslo, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, and Chicago and been a literary critic in the National Broadcasting (radio) and several national newspapers in Norway. In 2014, she was awarded The Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching from The College of Liberal Arts at Temple, Alumni Board. She currently holds a Professorial Fellowship in philosophy at the University of Oslo (2014-2018) and is an area editor of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (with Allen Wood and Bill Manders). She is on the editorial board of Agora (Norway), Kritik & Klasse (Denmark), and the book series Cultura della Modernità (Edizioni ETS, Pisa).

Selected Publications

  • Gadamer and The Legacy of German Idealism (Cambridge UP, 2009)
  • Herder’s Hermeneutic Philosophy: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (Cambridge UP, 2017)
  • (w/ M. Forster), The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 2015).
  • (ed.) Key Debates in Nineteenth Century European Philosophy (Routledge, 2016)
  • (ed.) Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford UP, 2017)
  •  (w/ M. Forster), The Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics (Cambridge UP, 2018)
  • (w/ D. Nassar), Women Philosophers in the Long Nineteenth Century: The German Tradition. Oxford UP, 2019

Courses Taught

  • Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (including Hegel and Nietzsche)
  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
  • Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Literature
  • Kant and German Idealism
  • Social and Political Philosophy