Katharina Nieswandt, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy


Katharina Nieswandt, PhD
Office: S-S 210 
S Annex,
2145 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2508
Email: katharina.nieswandt@concordia.ca
Website(s): PhilPapers
Availability: On sabbatical for the academic year 2022--2023.

Areas of Specialization

Metaethics; political theory; normative ethics


Postdoc:  Stanford University, Center for Ethics in Society, 2016
PhD (Philosophy):  University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Magister Artium (Philosophy):  Universität Trier, 2009
Diplom (Psychology):  Universität Trier, 2008

Research activities

Current Topics

Prof. Nieswandt's current research investigates the relations between (1) personal and common good, (2) personal happiness and a good character, and (3) moral and social norms.

In addition, she is leading a quantitative study on the under-representation of women in philosophy.  (Read a summary of the results here, and an interview about them here.)

Works in Progress or under Review

  • The Good Life and the Good State (draft monograph)
  • "Humean Rationality in the Social Sciences" (draft paper)
  • "What Explains the Gender Gap in Philosophy versus Psychology?" (series of empirical surveys, with Heather Maranges, Ulf Hlobil and Kristen Dunfield )
  • "Revolutionary Virtues?" (presentation, with Ulf Hlobil)


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

To access the official publication, click on the links below.  Postprints of all papers can be downloaded from PhilPapers.

Ulf Hlobil & Katharina Nieswandt (2019): Do the Virtues Make You Happy? Philosophical Inquiries 7(2): 181–202.

Katharina Nieswandt (2019): Beyond Frontier Town: Do Early Modern Theories of Property Apply to Capitalist Economies? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 22(4): 909923.

Ulf Hlobil & Katharina Nieswandt (2019): Foot without Archilles' Heel. Philosophia 47(5): 1501–1515.

Katharina Nieswandt & Ulf Hlobil (2018):  Virtues for the Imperfect.  The Journal of Value Inquiry 53(4): 605625.

Katharina Nieswandt (2018): What Is Conventionalism about Moral Rights and Duties? Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97(1): 15–28.

Katharina Nieswandt (2017): Anscombe on the Sources of Normativity. The Journal of Value Inquiry 51(1): 141–163.

Katharina Nieswandt (2016): Do Rights Exist by Convention or by Nature? Topoi 35(1): 313–325.

Ulf Hlobil and Katharina Nieswandt (2016): On Anscombe’s Philosophical Method. Klēsis: Revue Philosophique 35: 180–198.  REPRINT in: John Haldane (ed.) (forthcoming): The Life and Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe (St. Andrews Studies in Philosophy). Imprint Academic: Exeter, 42–61.

Edited Books

Katharina Nieswandt & Ulf Hlobil (eds.) (2014). G.E.M. Anscombe: Aufsätze. Herausgegeben, übersetzt und mit einer Lektürehilfe von Katharina Nieswandt und Ulf Hlobil.  Nachwort von Anselm W. Müller.  [Papers.  Edited, translated and with a study guide by KN and UH.  With an afterword by AWM.] Suhrkamp, Berlin: 400 pages.

REVIEWS by: Dominik Perler (in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and by Christian Kietzmann (in Philosophische Rundschau).

Articles in Edited Volumes

To access the official publication, click on the links below.  Postprints of all papers can be downloaded from PhilPapers.

Katharina Nieswandt (2023): Should Intro Ethics Make You a Better Person?  In: Christian Kietzmann (ed.): Teleological Structures in Human Life: Essays for Anselm W. Müller. Routledge, Milton and New York: 113–134.

Katharina Nieswandt (2022): Life and Other Basic Rights in Anscombe. In: Roger Teichmann (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Elizabeth Anscombe. Oxford University Press, New York: 308323.

Katharina Nieswandt (2021): Basic Income, Automation and Merit. In: Keith Breen and Jean-Philippe Deranty (eds.): Whither Work? The Politics and Ethics of Contemporary Work. Routledge, Milton and New York: 102–119.

Katharina Nieswandt (2019): Authority and Interest in the Theory of Right. In: David Plunkett, Scott Shapiro & Kevin Toh (eds.): Dimensions of Normativity: New Essays on Metaethics and Jurisprudence. Oxford University Press, Oxford: 315–334.

Katharina Nieswandt (2017): Grammatik und Funktion: Peter Geach. In: Martin Hähnel (ed.): Der aristotelische Naturalismus: Ein Handbuch. Metzler: Stuttgart, 163–174. ENGLISH TRANSLATION in: Martin Hähnel (ed.) (2020) Aristotelian Naturalism: A Research Companion. Springer, Dordrecht: 183–193.

Book Reviews

Katharina Nieswandt (2022): Clare Mac Cumhaill & Rachael Wiseman's "Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life." Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie 5(2): 231–235.

Katharina Nieswandt (2019): James Doyle's "No Morality, No Self: Anscombe’s Radical Skepticism." Ethics 130(1): 102–106.

Popular Press

Katharina Nieswandt (2021): Gender Ratio in Philosophy: An Interview with Katharina Nieswandt.  The American Philosophical Association, December 1, 2021.

Katharina Nieswandt (2021): Gender Ratio in Philosophy: An Inferential-Statistical Model of Possible Determinants.  The Canadian Philosophical Association, November 8, 2021.

Katharina Nieswandt (2016): Basic Income after Automation? That's Not How Capitalism Works! The Conversation, October 6, 2016.  (Click here for radio interview.)

Research networks

Groupe de recherche sur la normativité

GRIN, director of axis "Society"

Action Network

Hosted at FAGI, Leipzig, member.


Regularly taught classes

Please note that the syllabi below are for information purposes only; they are not necessarily the most recent version.  The version that is binding for enrolled students is available through Moodle.

Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Human Rights
Values and Biotechnology
  • Advanced Seminar
  • PHIL 498/530/633
  • Syllabus

Graduate seminar

Advanced Studies in Value Theory

  • Advanced Seminar
  • Most years, the course number is PHIL 430/621.
  • The topic changes every year and is usually related to Prof. Nieswandt's current research.
  • Past topics include: "Property Rights" and "Anscombe's Moral Philosophy."
  • The department's course offerings website lists a description of the current topic.


Please note that I do not accept new supervision during my sabbatical

Master and Postdoctorate

I regularly supervise graduate students in Concordia's philosophy master's program as well as postdoctoral fellows hired through GRIN. (For a list of supervisees, please see my CV.)  If you have a postdoctoral project you want to carry out under my supervision, please apply to one of these openings.  I rarely offer a postdoctoral position in one of my own projects; if so, it will be advertised on PhilJobs.


Concordia does not offer a doctoral program in philosophy, and I do not individually hire doctoral students, nor do I standardly supervise students in Concordia's Humanities PhD program.

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