My Work

After finishing my PhD in philosophy in 2013, I decided to work on something different. I didn’t want to write more papers on philosophers whose work has already been studied in detail. I discovered that many people want to study and teach a more diverse history of philosophy – but that without translations, commentary and publicity on lesser-known and marginalised figures and traditions, it’s difficult to do. So I decided to help provide these resources for diversifying the canon. And then I found, and fell in love with, the work of early 19th century German philosopher Karoline von Günderrode…

Sarah Cameron, Shirking Your Responsibilities. sarahcameroninfo@gmail.com

Philosophical Fragments

Forthcoming in OUP’s Oxford New Histories of Philosophy series. This collection of translations of the work of German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806) includes selections from Günderrode’s published works, notes from her philosophical studies, and her letters, as well extensive commentary highlighting the philosophical concerns of her writings. Günderrode’s work is an unmined source of insight into German Romanticism and Idealism, as well as the reception of Indian, Persian, and Islamic thought in Europe. My commentaries aim to make Günderrode’s unique contributions to these traditions accessible and help with teaching.

Art by Sarah Cameron

German Women Philosophers of the Long 19th Century: The German Tradition

Forthcoming with Oxford University Press. This anthology, edited by Kristin Gjesdal and Dalia Nassar and featuring my translations, includes masterfully selected material from nine historical women philosophers from the German philosophical tradition. Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806), Bettina Brentano-von Arnim (1785-1859), Hedwig Dohm (1831-1919), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937), Edith Stein (1891-1942), Gerda Walther (1897-1977), Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) and Clara Zetkin (1857-1933), as well as translations of Germaine de Staël (1766-1817) by Dalia Nassar.

Art by Sarah Cameron

Poetic Fragments

Karoline von Günderrode’s second anthology, Poetic Fragments, was published in 1805 under the pseudonym “Tian.” My introductions highlight the philosophical significance of the texts, especially their unique consideration of metaphysics, death, religion, power, and gender. The dramas “Hildgund” and “Muhammad, the Prophet of Mecca” are two of Günderrode’s most important works for her accounts of agency, recognition, and the status of women. The poems “Piedro,” “The Pilgrims,” and “The Kiss in the Dream” reflect themes of erotic longing and union with the divine, and outline Günderrode’s radical reimagining of death. Part of the SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy.

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Articles and Book Chapters

“Revolution and Revitalisation: Karoline von Günderrode’s Political Philosophy and Its Metaphysical Foundations.” British Journal of the History of Philosophy (forthcoming 2024; preprint available online 2020).

“Earth, Spirit, Humanity: Community and the Nonhuman in Karoline von Günderrode’s ‘Idea of the Earth.’” In Romanticism and Political Ecology. Edited by Kir Kuiken. Romantic Praxis Circle: forthcoming.

“Women, Women Writers, and Early German Romanticism.” In The Palgrave Handbook of German Romantic Philosophy. Ed. Elizabeth Millán. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021.

“Narrative and Fragment: The Social Self in Karoline von Günderrode.” Symphilosophie 2 (forthcoming 2020).

“The ‘Momentary Self’ and the ‘Submerged’ Self: Alienation and Authenticity in the Work of Karoline von Günderrode.” Proceedings of the International Association of Women in Philosophy Conference, Beijing 2018 (forthcoming).

Death in Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806).” Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers. Ed. Mary Ellen Waithe and Ruth Hagengruber. Paderborn University. September 2019.

Life in Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806).” Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers. Ed. Mary Ellen Waithe and Ruth Hagengruber. Paderborn University. September 2019.

Love in Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806).” Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers. Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers. Ed. Mary Ellen Waithe and Ruth Hagengruber. Paderborn University. September 2019.

Novalis (Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg) (1772–1801).” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2017 [2012].

“Sincerity, Idealization and Writing with the Body: Karoline von Günderrode and Her Reception.” Aufrichtigkeitseffekte. Signale, soziale Interaktionen und Medien im Zeitalter der Aufklärung. Ed. Simon Bunke and Katerina Mihaylova, 275–90. Rombach, 2016.

Metamorphosis, Personhood, and Power in Karoline von Günderrode.” European Romantic Review 25.6 (2014): 773–91.

A Human Cry: Nietzsche on Affirming Others’ Pain.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 40:9 (November 2014): 913–930.

“Power, Relativism and Society in Zarathustra’s ‘Of the Thousand and One Goals.’” CrossCurrents: Comparative Responses to Global Interdependence. Proceedings from the 2011 Uehiro CrossCurrents Philosophy Conference. Ed. Ian Sullivan, Laura Specker and Cindy Scheopner. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.

“Trope, Truth, and Transcendence: Creativity in Nietzsche’s and Novalis’ Theories of Language.” Philosophy Study 2.10 (2012).

Guest Blog Posts

Discovering the Women at the Heart of Philosophy.” Genealogies of Modernity. 28 October 2020.


“There is an infinite force, an eternal life, that is everything that is, that was and will become, that engenders itself in mysterious ways, that remains eternal during all change and dying”

Karoline von Günderrode

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