Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy & Center for Human Studies and Social Change - Rahel Jaeggi


Bachelor and Master Thesis // Letters of Recommendation


If you want to write your bachelor- or master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Jaeggi, please read the following information:


  • BA/MA Supervision and Appointments: Please book your appointment here by stating the topic of your inquiry. After booking and receiving a confirmation of your appointment, please send an abstract of your thesis to Prof. Rahel Jaeggi and cc Tzvetomila Pauly not later than 10 days before the appointment. Be aware that abstracts received within shorter time frames might not be reviewed.
  • MA Participation at the Colloquium in Social Philosophy: Taking part in the weekly research colloquium for at least 2 semesters is mandatory for master students. The colloquium is not designed for BA-students. Requests to participation can be sent to Tzvetomila Pauly.
  • BA/MA Oral Examination: After receiving the results of your written work from the Examination Office, please contact Tzvetomila Pauly to arrange for an oral examination. Once fixing the date, kindly send Prof. Rahel Jaeggi and cc Tzvetomila Pauly your position paper but not later than 2 days before the oral exam. During the exam, you will be asked to present your thesis from your position paper for about 10 minutes. This will be followed by a short Q&A discussion. A BA oral exam takes 20 minutes, a MA exams - 30 minutes.
  • BA/MA Recommendations: If you need a letter of support, confirmation or recommendation, please make sure that you have visited seminars at the Chair of social philosophy and that your project is linked to Prof. Jaeggi's research area. Please submit such a request to Prof. Rahel Jaeggi and cc Tzvetomila Pauly not later than 14 days before your actual deadline.


PhD Thesis Supervision // Applying form abroad

Due to the high number of ongoing PhD supervisions, Prof. Jaeggi could engage in new ones only in case your project's topic coincides with her key research areas. A PhD written in English is generally acceptable but fluent German is an advantage (for text understanding and discussions). Please note that a PhD project at the Humboldt-University can be initiated only after having a master degree in Philosophy or the Social Sciences.

In order to consider your request in detail please send to Tzvetomila Pauly a motivation email (what is your project about and why would you like to be supervised exactly by Prof. Jaeggi) together with a CV and some publication or a text of yours.

In addition, it might be helpful to know that the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt-University does not offer any regular PhD programme. In order to initiate a PhD project at the HU, you have to have only the agreement of your host/supervisor. There are no academic fees but at the same time there are no special courses for PhD candidates except an weekly colloquium (e.g. at the Chair of Prof. Jaeggi). A PhD candidate usually works on his/her own and is invited once to present his/her project at the colloquium. Neither Prof. Jaeggi's Chair nor the Department could provide any financial support but the PhD candidates have to organise their funding for living by themselves, usually by applying to various foundations. The supervisor can support their applications with reference letters.


PhD Recommendations: If you need a letter of support, confirmation or recommendation, please submit such a request to Prof. Rahel Jaeggi and cc Tzvetomila Pauly not later than 14 days before your actual deadline


Summer Term 2021

VL: Introduction to Social Philosophy

This lecture is intended to provide a problem-oriented introduction to social philosophy and its social ontological foundations on the basis of central concepts (such as community, society, individualism/holism, recognition, freedom, collective action, institution, solidarity, anomie/alienation, power). The lecture is held in German language.


CO: Colloquium in Social Philosophy

The research colloquium on social philosophy is intended to serve the reading of important new publications in the field of social philosophy and political philosophy, the discussion of lectures and the presentation of one's own academic work. Participation is only possible after consultation before the beginning of the semester and upon personal invitation ( The Colloquium is intended for MA-students, PhD-candidates, visiting students and scholars.


HS: Grundlagen der Solidarität / Foundations of Solidarity
(International Critical Theory Summer School 2021)

BLOCKSEMINAR (5.-9. July 2021), from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Room: TBA, Language: Englisch 

Öffnung der Lehrveranstaltung für Gasthörer*innen: Nein

Hinweise für Studierende: Das Anmelden in AGNES ist bei dieser Lehrveranstaltung nicht möglich. Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung bis spätestens 1. April 2021 an:

Despite a widespread diagnosis that solidarity is in crisis, appeals to solidarity are ubiquitous today. We encounter them on the level of personal and professional relations but also with regard to institutions and systems of social security and welfare. They gain a dramatic character when human lives are in danger, e.g. when refugees have to cross the Mediterranean in floating death traps or when climate change or a pandemic is devastating the livelihood of whole populations. In all these cases, appeals to solidarity are invoking a ‘we’: We, the family or friends; we, the co-workers or professionals of our branch; we, the members of a national community or a social collective; we, leftists or members of a political movement; we, human beings … How can the materialist foundations of actual solidarity be rethought without falling back into tacit assumptions of social homogeneity? Class, gender, race, nation, and even humanity have all lost their status as unquestioned points of reference. Appeals to solidarity hence run into an uncertainty concerning the foundations of solidarity. Is solidarity the result of a shared form of life or of collective practices? Does it stem from similar experiences or a common situation? Is it marked by adversity or a common enemy? Or is it the effect of a shared commitment to a common cause? Given the effects of sexism and racism, theories of “solidarity” have to take into account the complex contradictions of capitalist societies which divide subaltern and exploited groups on the domestic level as well globally. The summer school will involve plenary lectures by leading international theorists of solidarity, reading sessions, smaller group discussions and panel debates. Students who wish to participate in the summer school for credit are invited to submit a precis of their take on core concerns of solidarity as well as their background knowledge and a short CV (each document 1 page max.). Please send your application by April 1, 2021, by email to: You can also contact with any questions.


Winter Term 2020 -2021

Philosophical Colloquium 

The philosophical colloquium on social philosophy is mostly held in German- However, there might be sessions with English speaking guests, where the language is English.

Attendance only after personal invitation, please contact Prof. Rahel Jaeggi and cc Tzvetomila Pauly.