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Paderborn University in February 2023 Show image information

Paderborn University in February 2023

Photo: Paderborn University, Hannah Brauckhoff

Dr. Clara Carus

Dr. Clara Carus


Former - Assistant Professor

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Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn
Emilie du Chatelet

I work on Emilie du Chatelet and the integration of her work into the Early Modern Era. This aim of my research is reflected in a book project, which arose during my time as a post-doc at Harvard University, as well as in my habilitation project (professorial qualification), workshops, presentations and articles.

Early Modern Philosophy

I am specialised in the Early Modern period, in particular 1) in view of Émilie du Châtelet's contribution to this period, which has not been adequately explored and recognised and 2) with regard to the historical distinction between the Early Modern Period and Kant. This research interest is reflected in my habilitation project (professorial qualification).


I am interested in a theory of knowledge in Kant. During my time as a PhD researcher I undertook an analysis of the systematic structure of the Critique of Pure Reason. Specifically, I investigated the concept of time and the concept of transcendental self-consciousness as the two core themes of Kant’s depiction of the connection between the understanding and nature.

Martin Heidegger

My dissertation was focused on Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant and is concerned with the role it plays for Heidegger’s fundamental question and intention prior to the so-called Turn, as well as with his understanding of time. Besides this, I am concerned with his earlier series of lectures up until 1936 “Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics”, which are highly informative writings concerning Heidegger’s intentions and questions, yet which have not been adequately explored.

Dr. Clara Carus
16.11.2020 - today

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University

15.09.2020 - today

DFG Research Fellow: HU Berlin

I am part of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities "Human Abilities", directed by Prof. Dr. Dr. Perler and Prof. Dr. Vetter.

15.09.2018 - 14.09.2020

DFG-Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

07/2014 - 09/2018

Promotionsstipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

04/2014 - 09/2018

Promotion, summa cum laude, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Deutschland

02/2018 - 08/2018

Lehrbeauftragte Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg

01/2016 - 12/2016

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, USA

04/2015 - 07/2015

Graduate Research Student, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

03/2013 - 08/2014

Geprüfte wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Husserl Archiv, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg

10/2013 - 03/2014

Geprüfte wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, University College (UCF), Universität Freiburg

10/2011 - 12/2013

M.A. Philosophie und Politikwissenschaft (1,1), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

10/2006 - 05/2013

Staatsexamen im Erweiterungshauptfach Deutsch mit Auszeichnung (1,1), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

10/2006 - 05/2013

Staatsexamen mit Auszeichnung in Philosophie (1,0) und Politik (1,0), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

10/2012 - 02/2013

Studentische Hilfskraft, Husserl-Archiv, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg

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