Prof. Dr. Klaus Steigleder

room: GA 3/57
phone: +49-234-32-22719


Tuesday from 2.00 - 3.00pm

Personal Details

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Steigleder, born 1959 in Frankfurt/M., is professor for applied ethics at the Institute of Philosophy I, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • 1991: doctoral dissertation, title: „The Justification of the Moral Imperative. Studies Concerning the Possibility of a Normative Ethics" (written in german, title: „Die Begründung des moralischen Sollens. Studien zur Möglichkeit einer normativen Ethik“).
  • 2001: habilitation, title: "The Self-Referentiality of Pure Practical Reason. An Interpretation of Kants Moral Philosophy" (written in german, title: „Die Selbstbezüglichkeit reiner praktischer Vernunft. Eine Interpretation von Kants Moralphilosophie“).
  • From 1986 - 1993 he was the scientific coordinator and executive vice director of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tuebingen, which he established together with Dietmar Mieth.
  • From 1993-2002 he acted as fellow, assistant and associate professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart.
  • 2002-2009: Professor for Ethics in Medicine and the Life Sciences at the Institute of Philosophy, Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 2009 professor for applied ethics.
  • 2008-2011: chair of the doctoral candidates programme philosophy.
  • 2008 - 2010: dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Since 2012: director (together with C. Mieth) of the interdisciplinary masters program "Ethics - Economics, Law, and Politics".
  • Since 2015: Setup of the research unit "Climate, Energy, Ethics" at the Institute of Philosophy I.
  • Since 2016: Member of the board of the Research Department "Closed Carbon Cycle Economy" at RUB.
  • June 2016: Visiting professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Graz.
  • married to teacher Angela Steigleder (b. Stüer), two daughters (Susanne, *1996; Edith, *1998)



Monographs, Edited Volumes, Articles and Contributions





Fields of Interest

Justification of Ethics
Ethics of Climate Change
Risk Ethics
Economic Ethics
Energy Ethics

Recent Publications


Stefan Schulz/Klaus Steigleder/Heiner Fangerau/Norbert Paul (Hg.), Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin. Eine Einführung, suhrkamp taschenbuch wissenschaft 1791, Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 2006 (ISBN 3-518-29391-5)

Kirsten Schmidt/Klaus Steigleder/Burkhard Mojsisch (Hg.):
Die Aktualität der Philosophie Kants. Bochumer Ringvorlesung Sommersemester 2004 (Bochumer Studien zur Philosophie 42), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: B. R. Grüner, 2005 (ISBN 90 6032 373 4)

Marcus Düwell/Klaus Steigleder (Hg.):
Bioethik - eine Einführung (suhrkamp taschenbuch wissenschaft 1597), Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 2003 (ISBN 3518291971)

Klaus Steigleder:
Kants Moralphilosophie. Die Selbstbezüglichkeit reiner praktischer Vernunft, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002 (ISBN 3476018865)

Klaus Steigleder:
Grundlegung der normativen Ethik. Der Ansatz von Alan Gewirth, Freiburg/ München: Alber, 1999 (ISBN 3495479074)