Fotograaf: A. Driftmeier

dhr. dr. S. (Stefan) Niklas

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Critical Cultural Theory
  • Bezoekadres
    Oude Turfmarkt 145  Kamernummer: 1.07
  • Postadres:
    Oude Turfmarkt  145
    1012 GC  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253672

Since February 2017 I am Assistant Professor in Continental Philosophy/Critical Cultural Theory at the University of Amsterdam.

Before coming to Amsterdam, I held post-doc positions in Cologne and Oxford. I received my PhD (Dr. phil.) from the University of Cologne in 2014 (for a dissertation on the aesthetic experience of mobile music headphone listening) and my M.A. (Magister Artium) degree from Leipzig University in 2009.

I am mostly concerned with philosophy of culture and aesthetics. Next to these areas of specialization, I count social and political philosophy as my further areas of competence (and I do not mind to occasionally trespass into the realm of sociological theory and method). I have mostly been working on aesthetic experience and the methodology of the philosophical study of culture. Recently, I have turned to the problems of mythical thought, the persisting cultural significance of metaphysics (and its equivalents), and finally the intricate notion of “barbarism”. In historical respect, I am usually focusing on late 19th and 20th century philosophy – with a particular interest in the long shadow German Idealism is casting on this age and its different, often opposing, philosophical currents.


  • Niklas, S. (2014). Die Kopfhörerin: Mobiles Musikhören als ästhetische Erfahrung. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.


  • Niklas, S. (2016). Fremdwerden: Zum Nachleben der kulturellen Formen im Zustand der Fremdheit. In W. Fitzner (Ed.), Kunst als Fremderfahrung: Verfremdung – Affekte – Entdeckungen Transcript Verlag.
  • Niklas, S. (2016). The Anticipated Past in Historical Inquiry (A. O. Lovejoy, C. I. Lewis, and E. Wind). European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 97-119.
  • Niklas, S. (2016). The Quest for Certainty in the Age of Aesthetics. Aesthetic Investigations, 1(2), 242-260.


  • Niklas, S. (2014). Die Kopfhörerin: Mobiles Musikhören als ästhetische Erfahrung. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.


  • Niklas, S. (2015). Prize of the Offermann-Hergarten-Stiftung.
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