Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir

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Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir (born 1958 in Iceland) is professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland. In 1997 she was the first woman to become a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Iceland. Prior to that she lectured in philosophy at Rostock University. She was Jane and Aatos Erkko visiting professor at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 2014-2015, University of Helsinki.


Sigríður graduated from Boston University in 1981. She pursued graduate studies in Boston and at Freie Universität Berlin where she finished her master's degree in 1988. In 1993 she completed her doctoral studies at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.


Sigríður specializes in the philosophy of Nietzsche, feminist philosophy and philosophy of nature and embodiment. She has interpreted Nietzsche's philosophy of the body and sexual difference in terms of its influence on feminist and women thinkers of the 20th century, from Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir to Luce Irigaray and Judith Butler. She has published works on feminist philosophy, the philosophy of Arendt and Beuvoir, and recently introductory texts to women in the history of philosophy. In her writings on philosophy of embodiment and nature, the notions of relationality and connectedness are central. This also influences her recent work on economy and morals, such as in studies on the debt-economy.



  • Dagbók 2016 - Árið með heimspekingum" (A Calendar of Women Philosophers), University of Iceland Press, 2015 (co-authored with Erla Karlsdóttir, Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir and Nanna Hlín Halldórsdóttir).
  • Dagbók 2014 - Árið með heimspekingum" (A Calendar of Women Philosophers), University of Iceland Press, 2013.
  • Hannah Arendt. Af ást til heimsins", (collection of writings by Arendt edited and with an introduction by S. Thorgeirsdottir), Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 2011.
  • Birth, Death, and Femininity: Philosophies of Embodiment (with R.M. Schott (ed.), V. Songe-Möller, S. Heinämaa), Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
  • Kvenna megin [collection of essays in feminist philosophy], Reykjavík: Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag, 2001.
  • Vis creativa. Kunst und Wahrheit in der Philosophie Friedrich Nietzsches, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1996.

Co-editor of books

  • The Body Unbound: Philosophical Perspectives on Religion, Embodiment, and Politics (with M. T. Mjaaland, O. Sigurdson (eds.)), Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming).
  • Simone de Beauvoir. Heimspekingur, rithöfundur, femínisti (with I. Erlingsdóttir (eds.)) [Collection of essays on the work of S. de Beauvoir], Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 1999.
  • Fjölskyldan og réttlætið (with M. D. Baldursson and J. Á. Kalmansson (eds.)) [Collection of essays on The Family and Justice], Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 1997.

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