Cornelia Klinger was born in 1953. She studied Philosophy, Literature, and Art History in Cologne, and obtained her doctorate in 1981 through her research on "Die politische Funktion der transzendental-philosophischen Theorie der Freiheit". She received her habilitation in 1992 at the University of Tübingen with a study on "Ästhetische Modernität und 'Wiederverzauberung der Welt'. Der Ort der Romantik im Prozeß der Moderne". Her book "Flucht Trost Revolte" is based on this research. Cornelia Klinger is a Permanent Academic Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences since 1983. Among other topics, she concentrates on the research areas of Gender Studies and Political Philosophy.
Klinger taught and gave lectures as visiting professor for Women Studies at the Universities of Vienna, Zürich, Bielefeld, Frankfurt, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Tübingen, and Munich; she is lecturer at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen since 1993. She opened the IWM Lectures for Gender Studies in 1994 with three lectures on "Dualismen des abendländischen Denkens in feministischer Perspektive".