I am visiting professor for critical social theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Previously, I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher in political theory at SOCIUM und InIIS at the University of Bremen.
Currently, I focus my research on political epistemology, an emerging field of research in which I pursue the dual insight of early Frankfurt School Critical Theory that epistemology requires social theory just as social theory requires epistemology. Developing this insight in dialogue with analytic, continental and feminist epistemology on the one hand, and (French) political and social theory/philosophy on the other hand, I am working on a book project with the preliminary title Effective Knowledge. Rethinking a Basic Concept of Political Epistemology trägt.
My further research projects – on alternative governmentalities, on the concept of responsibility, on the concept of critique and on Michel Foucault’s philosophical method – have a common methodological core, best described as a historical-critical conceptual analysis. Following Ludwig Wittgenstein and Michel Foucault, I take the meaning of concepts to be established by their use in our social practices. Yet these practices must have a history emerging from the social struggles in wich they partake.
PhD in Philosophy, 2013
MA in Philosophy, Mathematics and Cognitive Science, 2009
University of Freiburg im Breisgau
The new issue 2/2019 of WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung features my article »Fighting with Untruth. Why a Critique of Reason Remains Necessary« [in German]. It grew out of the talk that I gave almost exactly a year ago in the lecture series »Frankfurter Positionen 2018/19«.
Rowman & Littlefield International has just published the paperback edition of The Spell of Responsibility: Labour, Criminality, Philosophy. Also, you can save 30% using the code from the flyer.
My latest article on the concept of responsibility is a critical interpretation of Robert Brandom’s use of ‘responsibility’ to make explicit normativity’s binding force.
Es ist soweit: Nach langen Diskussionsrunden und Überarbeitungen ist der Sammelband Gegenwartsdiagnosen. Kulturelle Formen gesellschaftlicher Selbstproblematisierung in der Moderne erschienen, herausgegeben von Thomas Alkemeyer, Nikolaus Buschmann und Thomas Etzemüller. Von mir ist ein kleiner Text zur Kritik an Zeitdiagnosen enthalten, die aus der Soziologie und der Philosophie gern geäußert wird. Denn das Adjektiv “zeitdiagnostisch” kann ziemlich giftig sein…
In the winter term 2019/20, I will teach three seminars and convene a weekly colloquium (all in German):
Scientific writing is not an easy task. To help you with the writing part and to give you some idea how to find a good research question for your term paper, I have assembled some tips in the Hausarbeiten-Survival Guide - so far only in German. If you are instead looking for answers how to format your paper, you should consult the explanations given by Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl (in this file) or by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke (in this file).