Beate Roessler is a professor of ethics at the University of Amsterdam and chair of the Capacity group Philosophy and Public Affairs.
From 2003-2010 she was Socrates-Professor for the Foundations of Humanism at Leiden University. Before, she taught philosophy at the Free University, Berlin, Germany, and at the University of Bremen, Germany.
She studied philosophy at Tübingen, London, Oxford, and Berlin and completed her Ph.D. in 1988 at the Free University Berlin (on theories of meaning in analytic philosophy and hermeneutics). She finished her habilitation in 2001 at the University of Bremen (on the value of privacy).
In 2003/2004 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin; in November (2011) she was a fellow at the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Value and Ethics, Sydney. In 2015 in November and December she was a research fellow at Melbourne University, Law School. In the spring of 2017, she was a visiting professor at New York University.
In September/October 2023, she has been teaching as the Bok Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
In 2016, she was elected a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities at Göttingen, Germany. In 2022, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recently, she's been elected to the Academia Europea.
She is in the team of the ongoing NWO funded project: Political Microtargeting: Safeguarding Public Values. She is a member of the consortium of the Gravitation Project Public Values in the Algorithmic Society.
Her board memberships include the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt/Germany.
Beate Roessler teaches Bachelor and Master courses in ethics and social philosophy.
Her research fields include theories of freedom and autonomy, theories of privacy, ethical and political questions of the digital society, the ethics of technology, justice and equality, ethics and the good life, and feminist theories.
Forthcoming: On Being Human in the Digital World, edited with Valerie Steeves (Ottawa), Cambridge University Press 2024 (with contributions by H. Nissenbaum, F. Pasquale, J. Millar, J. Cohen and others)
Recently published: the Stanford Encyclopedia Article on Privacy
Autonomy. An essay on the Life Well-Lived, Cambridge: Polity 2021 (German Autonomie. Ein Versuch über das gelungene Leben, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2017; Dutch 2018 with Boom Publishers)
"Online Manipulation. Hidden Influences in a Digital World", co-authored with Daniel Susser and Helen Nissenbaum
"Privacy as a Human Right", in: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2017, 2
"Wie wir uns regieren. Soziale Dimensionen des Privaten in der Post-Snowden Ära", in: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, Jg 13, Heft1, 2016. S. 103-119
Social Dimensions of Privacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited with Dorota Mokrosinska, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
"Are Private Data Tradable Goods", in: Social Dimensions of Privacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited with Dorota Mokrosinska, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
"What is there to lose? Privacy in offline and online friendships" Eurozine Febr 2015
"Autonomy, Self-Knowledge, and Oppression", in: Oshana, M. (ed.), Personal Autonomy and Social Oppression, London: Routledge, 2014
"Desperately seeking Women" Eurozine Febr 2014
"Kantian Autonomy and its social Preconditions: On Axel Honneth's Das Recht der Freiheit", in: Krisis. Tijdschrift voor Aktuele Filosofie, 2013 issue 1
"Privacy and Social Interaction", co-authored with Dorota Mokrosinska, in: Philosophy & Social Criticism October 2013 39: 771-791
Der Wert des Privaten, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2001; English translation The Value of Privacy 2005 with Polity Press, Cambridge
Articles (last 10 years)
Various Reviews (of, amongst others, R. Geuss, Privatheit. Eine Genealogie; R. Dworkin, Die Grenzen des Lebens; M. Walzer, Sphaeren der Gerechtigkeit; R.M. Hare, Essays in Ethical Theory; in various papers and journals, e.g. Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Zeit, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger)
Numerous articles on moral and political issues in: Die Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, NRC Handelsblad
Interviews given to: WDR, Schweizer Fernsehen, Die Zeit; Bayerischer Rundfunk; Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen/Leipzig; Niedersächsischer Rundfunk Goettingen; Algemeen Dagblad; Oesterreichischer Rundfunk; ZDF KulturZeit; WDR 5; HP/De tijd (dec 2011); Welt der Frau (nov 2011); Australian Broadcasting Company The Philosopher's Zone (nov 2011); Tagesspiegel (2012) De Correspondent; radio-interview met human NL; numerous interviews in 2017 (SDR,WDR, Kulturzeit, Information Philosophie, Hohe Luft Philosophie); Filosofie Magazine; filosofisch Kwintet
Curriculum Vitae: Beate Roessler
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Afdeling Wijsbegeerte, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Oude Turfmarkt 141-147, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
Tel.: +31 20 525 4516
Fellowships, Grants and Honors