Pauline Kleingeld holds the Endowed Chair of Philosophy focusing on ethics and its history at the University of Groningen. In 2014, she was elected as a member of the KNAW and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). Her research tackles the intersection between ethics, cosmopolitism in past and present, and moral psychology. In her current research, she studies the implications of empirical psychological research for the study of ethics, in particular moral obligations. She acquired NWO grants for her work on the philosophical implications of empirical studies on moral agency (2009-2014), Kant on morality (2011-2015), and moral relevance and weakness of will (2012-2016). Her book on Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2012) received the North American Kant Association Biennial Book Prize. In September 2020, Pauline Kleingeld was awarded the Spinoza Prize. The NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros is the highest award in Dutch science.





Multiple NWO grants, KNAW member


2.1 Dual Identities and Cooperation Between Partners: Facilitating Work-Life Balance

2.2 Childrearing in Diverse Family Structures: Behavior and Fairness

12.3 Methods of justification and the role of moral theory in bioethics





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