Svenja Wiertz, doctoral student at the institute of philosophy

Svenja Wiertz, doctoral student at the institute of philosophy. Photo: Private.

Svenja Wiertz received her first degree in Asien Studies with a focus on Tibetan language from the University of Bonn which was supplemented by a second degree in philosophy and English from HHU. Her doctoral research now focuses on friendship in an ethical context. The leading questions for Svenjas research are: whether there are any commitments in friendship and why friendship is valuable and important for us? To find an answer to these questions she works in an interdisciplinary manner e.g. such as social sciences.

Furthermore Svenja is member of the graduate academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities – philGRAD and serves as a doctoral representative for philGRAD. As a doctoral representative she is in constant communication with the coordinato of philGRAD and her fellow doctoral students. They discusses on projects which can be organized for doctoral students also in collaboration with peers from the other faculties. Moreover she was involved planning the undefinedHeine-Slam and regular doctoral meetings within philGRAD.

Svenja Wiertz took also part in the undefinedpARTofResearch calendar competition of Heine Research Academies. Her motivation to participate was to represent her faculty and the attempt to answer the question what distinguishes her scientific work. Her approach to present her work in an artistic manner was selected and is now shown in the December sheet of the 2017 calendar.

Svenja wants to stay at university and within academia.Her next project is an upcoming conference about exit options in different contexts which takes place in Düsseldorf and where she participates in also during the organization. 


Svenja Wiertz has been interviewed by Mareike Schulz in August 2016.


In person

M.A. Svenja Wiertz

2004-2007 - BA in Asian Studies at the Friedrich-Willhelms-Universität Bonn.
2007-2011 - BA in Philosophy and English at the HHU Düsseldorf.
2011-2013 - MA in Philosophy at the HHU Düsseldorf.
Since 2014 - Doctoral Student and research assistant at the HHU Düsseldorf. 

Doctoral thesis project:
"Freundschaft: Funktionsverschiebung oder Krise? Zum Stellenwert philosophischer Freundschaftsideale in der heutigen Zeit."

Doctoral Supervisor:
undefinedProf. Dr. Simone Dietz, Institute of Practical Philosophy at the HHU Düsseldorf.

Winner of the Essay-Competition of the magazine HOHE LUFT focussing on „Was ist Gerechtigkeit?“ (published in: Hohe Luft 1/2014).

pART of Research

Additional Informations:
Chancen Nutzen Fellow Oktober 2012 to March 2013.

philGRAD Mitglied

Lecture Series: „Philosophie und Soziale Arbeit im Dialog“ (WS 14/15)

Conference „Die Freiheit zu gehen: Ausstiegsoptionen in politischen, sozialen und existenziellen Kontexten.“ November 2016

Hannes Foth und Svenja Wiertz: Die Ökonomisierung der Nähe als Herausforderung für die Ethik, in: Matthias Maring (Hrsg.) (2016): Zur Zukunft der Bereichsethiken. Herausforderungen durch die Ökonomisierung der Welt, KIT Scientific Publishing, Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Technik- und Wirtschaftsethik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Band 8, S. 401-420.

Review of: Katrina Hutchison/Fiona Jenkins (Hrsg.): Women in Philosophy. What Needs to Change? In: Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur 3.2, 2015, S. 16-22. (

Review of: Jeremy Waldron, The Harm in Hate Speech, in: Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur 2.2, 2014, S. 10-16. (

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