Karen Joisten

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Karen Joisten (born June 18, 1962 in Rüsselsheim ) is a German philosopher and has been a professor of philosophy at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern since 2018 .


Joisten studied philosophy, German and pedagogy at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz . She completed her Magister Artium with a thesis on “The 'Resentment'. Scheler's Nietzsche interpretation viewed critically from Nietzsche ”. Your doctorate as Dr. phil. with the text "Overcoming anthropocentricity by Friedrich Nietzsche" with the predicate summa cum laude was awarded the 1993 Johannes Gutenberg University Prize "in recognition of outstanding scientific work".

At the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Joisten worked as a research assistant, research assistant and university lecturer at the Philosophical Seminar until 2010. 2001 habilitation them there with a thesis on "philosophy of home - home of Philosophy" (publication funded by the German Research Foundation ). Subsequently, Joisten was a fellow at the Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover , head of the academy with a focus on medical, psychiatric and psychotherapy ethics, held a visiting professorship at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Kassel and was a fellow at the Max Weber College in Erfurt . In 2016 she took over the substitute professorship for philosophy at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern . Following this, Joisten was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in 2018. Since 2019 she has been the technical director of a further education course in technoethics.

Joisten has held visiting lectureships in Bogota and Prague. As a philosopher, she was appointed to the scientific commission “Church and Sport” of the Catholic Church in Germany, to the ethics commission at the Psychological Institute of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and to the ethics committee of the Kassel Clinic. She developed the international and officially accredited “Master of Arts - Olympic Studies” course, which is carried out at the universities: University of Lyon , Loughborough University , German Sport University Cologne, Autonomous University Barcelona and University of Mainz . She is a member of the ECO-ETHICA research group headed by Peter Kemp (Copenhagen) and Noriko Hashimoto (Tokyo).

Research priorities

Joisten's research focuses on both practical and theoretical philosophy , namely in the areas of ethics , cultural philosophy , scientific theory and methodology as well as anthropology . The levels of practical and theoretical philosophy are linked in their approach of narrative philosophy. She is the director of the Wilhelm Schapp Research Center and editor of the philosophical legacy Wilhelm lockers . She has been setting up an ethics center at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern since the beginning of 2018.

Narrative philosophy

Based on her study Heimat der Philosophie - Philosophy of Heimat, Joisten has been deepening her approach to narrative philosophy since 2004. Based on a basic theoretical knowledge level and an application-oriented ethical perspective, a structural interpretation of the human being as a “home way” in the sense of the questions: “Where do I come from - where do I go?” Is in the foreground, which is based on contemporary phenomena and historical positions. anthropological question pursued. This interpretation is at the same time the basis for an integrative ethics and represents a topical basic research in which the life and actions of humans are researched in different theoretical as well as practical contexts. This includes questions about the person, autonomy (and heteronomy), death and dying, values ​​and virtues, the scope of human images, the understanding of the body and the body, but also about the relevance of modern media and technologies for this human action, the problem of tolerance or that of human responsibility in the technological and digitized time.

Fonts (selection)


  • Joisten, Karen: The overcoming of anthropocentricity by Friedrich Nietzsche. Wuerzburg 1994.
  • Joisten, Karen: Philosophy of Home - Home of Philosophy. Berlin 2003.
  • Joisten, Karen: Departure. A way into philosophy. Berlin 2007.
  • Joisten, Karen: Philosophical Hermeneutics. Berlin 2009. (= Academy Study Books series)


  • Narrative ethics. Telling the good and the bad. Ed. V. Karen Joisten. Berlin 2007. (= special volume 17 of the German Journal for Philosophy)
  • The thinking of Wilhelm Schapp. Perspectives for our time. Freiburg 2010. (Ed. With the assistance of Nicole Thiemer.)
  • Spaces of knowledge. Basic positions in the history of philosophy. Bielefeld 2010. (= contributions to the historical cultural studies)
  • Wilhelm Schapp: Philosophy of Stories. Ed. Together with Jan Schapp . Frankfurt am Main 2015.
  • Wilhelm Schapp. On the way of a philosophy of stories. Volume I-III. (= Writings from the estate) Ed. Karen Joisten, Jan Schapp and Nicole Thiemer. Freiburg i. Br. 2016–18.
  • Co-editor of the series "Olympic Studies" (together with Eike Emrich , Manfred Messing, Norbert Müller , Otto Schantz, Ingomar Weiler )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The certificate course in technoethics. In: University of Kaiserslautern . Retrieved January 27, 2020 .
  2. See Karen Joisten: voluntary disclosure. Philosophy of home - home of philosophy . In: Pedagogical Review . 58th year, issue 4 / July-August, 2004, pp. 484-488 .
  3. See, inter alia, Karen Joisten: Narrative Ethik. Readings, dimensions and applications . In: Ulrich Volp, Friedrich W. Horn and Ruben Zimmermann (eds.): Metaphor - Narratio - Mimesis - Doxology . Tübingen 2016, p. 105-121 .