Kristin Gjesdal received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo. Her scholarship covers philosophy of interpretation (hermeneutics), phenomenology, nineteenth-century philosophy (incl. German Idealism), and aesthetics. Her Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (CUP 2009) represents a critical discussion of twentieth-century hermeneutics. This perspective is given a positive twist in Herder’s Hermeneutics (CUP 2017), which retrieves a pre-Kantian line of hermeneutic thought. She also takes an interest in women philosophers in the long Nineteenth Century (from romanticism to phenomenology). Her work in aesthetics centers on historical and systematic issues in philosophy of art, with a particular focus on drama and sculpture.
Kristin Gjesdal has held a Professorial Fellowship in philosophy at the University of Oslo (2014-2018), as well as fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is an area editor of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and on the editorial boards of European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Transcendental Philosophy, Kritik & Klasse (Denmark), and the book series Cultura della Modernità (Edizioni ETS, Pisa). She is a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. In 2014, Kristin Gjesdal was awarded The Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching from The College of Liberal Arts at Temple, Alumni Board.