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Prof. dr. P. (Pauline) Kleingeld


Pauline Kleingeld is Professor of Ethics and Its History at the University of Groningen. She is a member of the KNAW and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). Her research area lies at the intersection of ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology. In her current research, she works on foundational issues in Kantian moral theory and studies the implications of empirical psychological research for ethics. She acquired NWO grants for her work on the philosophical implications of empirical studies on moral agency (2009-2014), Kant’s moral theory (2011-2015), the moral relevance and weakness of will (2012-2016), and the philosophical defense of moral universalism (2019-2023). 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 2020, Pauline Kleingeld was awarded the Spinoza Prize. 




Multiple NWO grants, KNAW member, Spinoza Prize 2020


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