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Johannes Niederhauser

Dr Johannes Achill Niederhauser holds a BSc in Economics and Social Sciences (PPE) from the trilingual Free University of Bolzano and an MA in Philosophy from King's College London.
Johannes was awarded the PhD in July 2018 for a thesis on the relation of death and being in Heidegger's philosphy. His thesis was supervised by Miguel Beistegui. His studies were funded by a generous scholarship from Warwick's arts faculty CADRE.
In 2015 Johannes was a doctorate research fellow at the otium project (SFB1015) at the University of Freiburg. His stay was generously funded by the German Research Organisation, DFG.
Johannes was an exchange student at the University of Washington in 2011 funded by the Italian government and the University of Washington. He was also a visiting student at the Munich School of Philosophy in 2011/12.

Johannes is currently a seminar teacher at Birkbeck where he teaches Ancient Greek Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Modern Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy as well as topics in Arabic and Indian Philosophy.



University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
PhD in Philosophy. Thesis: Heidegger on Death and Being. PhD Award: July 2018

King’s College London, London, UK
MA. Thesis on Kant’s Radical Evil, September 2014
Pass with Distinction

Free University of Bolzano, Italy
BSc in Economics and Social Sciences, March 2012
Thesis on Hayek’s Great Society (final mark: 108/110)

University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Exchange Semester, January 2011 – June 2011

Munich School of Philosophy, Germany
Visiting Student, Winter Semester 2011/12


  • CADRE Scholarship PhD funding
  • DFG funding University of Freiburg Summer 2015
  • Best in graduation class Bolzano
  • Dean’s List University of Washington, Faculty of Economics, for academic excellence
  • Scholarship for University of Washington

PUBLICATIONS (selection)

Review of "The Duplicity of Philosophy's Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other" by Elliot R. Wolfson in Journal of Jewish Studies, forthcoming.

Review of "Idleness: A Philosophical Essay" by Brian O’Connor
in European Journal of Philosophy, 2018.

"Cum Dignitate Otium. On the Possibility of Dignified Idleness"
in International Yearbook of Hermeneutics, 2018.

“Death in Being and Time as World Collapse? A Response to Iain Thomson”
in Perspektiven mit Heidegger, edited by Gerhard Thonhauser
Karl-Alber-Verlag Freiburg, 2017

"Das Sein zum Tode als Weg aus der Seinsvergessenheit"
in Perspektiven der Philosophie, 2017

Review of Heidegger’s notes on Hegel, GA68 translated by Joseph Arel and Niels Feuerhahn.
Hegel Bulletin, 2017

Conversation with philosopher Michael Sandel on the moral limits of markets
in Rotman Management Magazine Spring Issue, 2014
University of Toronto

“Eternally Recurring—Nietzsche’s Yes to Life”
Essay published in The Idler, 2014

“The Network is the Message: Social Networks as Teaching Tools”
in Teaching and Learning the European Union
Co-authored with Dr R. Farneti, T. Mayrgündter & I. Bianchi, 2014

“Adam Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations”
Entry in Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility
Co-authored with Florian Holl
Published by Springer, 2012


John Gray: On the Myth of Progress,
Massimo Pigliucci: On Crypto-Berkeleianism
John Gray: On Freedom (in Hohe Luft)
Volker Gerhardt: On Religion in Modernity
Michael Sandel: Was man für Geld nicht kaufen kann

Andrew Scull: On The History of Madness in Civilisation

TALKS (selection)

“Heidegger's Positive Critique of Metaphysics." Talk at the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics, Salamanca Spain, 2018 (paper accepted, unable to travel).

"Heidegger on death in the Contributions to Philosophy." Talk at the British Society of Phenomenology Conference, University of Kent, 2018.

"Thinking Death as Place with Heidegger" Talk at Participants' Conference, Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Italy, 2017.

"The Humboldt University Ideal" Academic Freedom and Society Conference, University of Warwick, 2017.

"Heidegger and Chillida On the Spatiality of Art" Talk at Engaging Art Philosophically, Postgraduate Workshop Celebrating the Launch of the MA in Philosophy and the Arts, University of Warwick, 2017.

“Death in Being and Time.”
Talk at Heidegger Congress University of Vienna, 2016

“Cum Dignitate Otium: Cicero and Humboldt on Leisure with Dignity.” Talk at my Otium Workshop, University of Warwick, 2016

“Deep Boredom in Modernity." Talk at the ASCP 2016. (paper accepted, unable to travel).

"Heidegger on Boredom in Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics." Mood Conference University of Warwick, 2016

"Boredom as Art." Talk at the Australian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2016. (paper accepted, unable to travel).

“Time and Free Will: A Kantian Response to Bergson,” Royal Holloway, 2016

"Das Verhältnis von Muße, Sprache und Tod." Doktorandenkollegium SFB1015 University of Freiburg, 2015

"Why Poetry?" Talk at the The Work of Phenomenology and the Work of Art Conference at the University of Sussex, 2015. (paper accepted, unable to travel).

"On the Philosophy of Death" PGR Workshop, University of Warwick, 2015

Talk on Heidegger on the Self in Society
at the Design Exhibition “GesellschafftForm” in Berlin, 2012


“The Origin of European Thought.” Humanities Festival University of Warwick, 2016


Graduate Representative for the Centre for Research in Philosophy and the Arts, University of Warwick,
2014 – 2016

Graduate rep for the SSLC Philosophy Department Warwick, 2014/15

Student Representative, Faculty Council, School of Economics and Management Bolzano
2010 – 2012

Seminar Teacher for Ancient Philosophy, 2016
Seminar Teacher for History of Early Modern Philosophy (Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant), 2016/17
Seminar Teacher for Heidegger’s Ontology, 2017
Lecture Series on Life Affirmation in Nietzsche, Idler Academy, London, 2014


Junior Fellow, Heidegger archive, Schloss Meßkirch March 2018

Fellow of the Alpine Fellowship, Venice, Italy, August 2016

Doctoral Fellow of the otium project, University of Freiburg, Germany, Summer 2015


Administrative Editor Pli, Volume 28.
Referee for Pli Volume 27
Referee for "From Conventionalism to Social Authenticity.
Heidegger’s Anyone and Contemporary Social Theory.“ Volume edited by Hans B. Schmid & Gerhard Thonhauser


I initiated a series of talks on non-Western philosophy together with the MAP Chapter Warwick.The first talk was by Dr Chris Bartley from the University of Liverpool on Indian Philosophy.

Workshop on leisure with dignity in late capitalism, University of Warwick, 2016

Workshop on Burnout-Syndrome , Free University of Bolzano, 2010

Workshop on Chinese Stratagems, Key Note: Prof Harro von Senger. University of Bolzano, 2010

Dr Johannes Achill Niederhauser