Zahra Donyai

TMWWDG scholarship holder
(Gotha Research Centre)
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2011 - 2020 Doctoral studies in Philosophy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Dissertation: "Ich habe nur eine Zeit, die Weltzeit." Eine Untersuchung zu Husserls Zeitanalysen ("I have only one time, the world time." - An investigation into Husserl's analyses of time)

2012 - 2017 Research assistant in the research project Grammar - Logic - Rhetoric, Linguistic Disciplines in Arabic Culture 800-1200

2004 - 2007 M. A. in Philosophy at the University of Tehran, Iran

2000 - 2004 B. A. in Philosophy at the University of Tehran, Iran


"Ich habe nur eine Zeit, die Weltzeit.“ – Eine Untersuchung zu Husserls Zeitanalysen, Baden-Baden: Ergon Verlag, 2021.

Translations into Persian: 

Phenomenological Method and the Achievement of Recognition: Who's Been Waiting for Phenomenology? (David R. Cerbone), in: Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology (ed. Giuseppina D' Oro, Søren Overgaard), Elmi va Farhangi Pub. Tehran (Forthcoming).

Logos and Ergon in Plato's Lysis (Hans-Georg Gadamer), in: Nameh Farhang. 2012, 114-138.

Research foci

  • Phenomenology
  • Epistemology and argumentation theory
  • Philosophy in the Islamic world
  • History of logic

Teaching activity

SS 2022
Proseminar: Theories of Truth in the 20th Century, Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg

WS 2021/22
Proseminar: Husserl's Phenomenology of Time, Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg

SS 2021
Proseminar: Logic and Psychologism: Husserl's Prolegomena to Pure Logic, Philosophical Seminar, University of Freiburg

SS 2020
Proseminar: Husserl's Confrontation with Descartes (with J. Abel), Philosophical Seminar, University of Freiburg

WS 2019/20
Proseminar: Descartes, Meditations (with J. Abel) Philosophical Seminar, University of Freiburg


- The epistemological role of dialectic in Nasir al-Din al-Tusi's theory of knowledge
BSHP Annual Conference 2023, Knowing in Historical and Cross-Cultural Context, 14-15 April 2023
University of Aberdeen

- The Other: Responsive Phenomenology
Conference of the World Day of Philosophy
Research Institute of Philosophy, Tehran, Iran, 16 November 2021 (Online)

- Zur kosmologischen Differenz bei Husserl (On Cosmological Difference in Husserl)
XXV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie
Friedrich- Alexander-Universität Erlangen- Nürnberg, 05-09 September 2021 (Online)

- Husserl's late Phenomenology: The World Strikes Back
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Society
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 03-05 June 2019

- The Beginning of Philosophy and the Necessity of the Other
Conference: Avicenna and Greek Philosophy
Research Institute of Philosophy, Tehran, Iran, 18 November 2018

- Thought and Language in al-Fārābī
Workshop on Epistemology in Arabic-Islamic Philosophy with Professor Nadja Germann
Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran, 8-10 October 2018

- Beruf und Philosophie in der Krisis (Professions and Philosophy in the Crisis)
Internationale Tagung der Universitäten Buenos Aires und Wuppertal: Neue phänomenologische Perspektive der Krisis und der Lebenswelt (New Phenomenological Perspectives on Crisis and the Lifeworld)
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, 27-28 August 2018

- Die Phänomenologie der Arbeitswelt (The Phenomenology of the work world)
Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Phänomenologische Forschung: Lebenswelt und Lebensform
Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 09-12 September 2015

- The Horizon of Perception - A Phenomenological Investigation of the Induction Problem
International Conference: Phenomenology and Metaphysical Critique
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany, 22-23 November 2013