Prof. Dr. Frieder Vogelmann

Prof. Dr. Frieder Vogelmann

Professor for Epistemology & Theory of Science

University College Freiburg

University of Freiburg

Biography

I am professor for epistemology & theory of science at the University College Freiburg and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Freiburg.

In my research, I focus 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 finishing my book The Effectiveness of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology, to be published in 2022.

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 which they partake.

You can find further information in my CV or on my Academia.edu profile.

Interests
  • Political Epistemology
  • Critical Theory
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Michel Foucault
  • Responsibility
  • Contemporary French Philosophy
Education
  • Habilitation and Award of the venia legendi in Philosophy, 2020

    University Frankfurt/Main

  • PhD in Philosophy, 2013

    University Frankfurt/Main

  • MA in Philosophy, Mathematics and Cognitive Science, 2009

    University of Freiburg im Breisgau

Academic Appointments

Recent Publications

Demokratie und Wahrheit
In twelve contributions, political theorists investigate the relationship between truth and politics against the background of the current discussions about ‘post-truth,’ conspiracy theories and desinformation.
Demokratie und Wahrheit
Realismus statt Kritik? Eine Verteidigung radikaler Vernunftkritik
Radical critiques of reason are possible, I argue, if we turn our attention to the practices of criticizing, if we refrain from a sovereign epistemology, and if we pluralize reason without trivializing it.
Realismus statt Kritik? Eine Verteidigung radikaler Vernunftkritik
Machtverhältnisse statt Mythen. Für ein emanzipatorisches Verständnis von Wissenschaftsfreiheit
(Queer-)feministische und anti-rassistische Positionen treffen derzeit auf den Vorwurf, sie würden die Wissenschaftsfreiheit gefährden. Doch dieser vermeintlichen Freiheitsbedrohung liegt eine selektive, politisch motivierte Dramatisierung von Einzelfällen zugrunde, die Machtasymmetrien ausblendet. Ein emanzipatorisches Verständnis von Wissenschaftsfreiheit führt zu einer anderen Lageeinschätzung.
»Autonomie« als Prinzip politischer Rationalität: Eine Blockade unserer politischen Vorstellungskraft?
Is it possible that the concept of “autonomy,” as an unquestioned cornerstone of political rationality, has turned into an obstacle for our political imagination?
»Autonomie« als Prinzip politischer Rationalität: Eine Blockade unserer politischen Vorstellungskraft?

Upcoming Talks

Recent Posts

Book Announcement: Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens

Next year, my revised habilitation thesis will be published by Suhrkamp! In it, I develop a conception of knowledge that is able to grasp the truth and the force of knowledge at the same time. This conception of “effective knowledge” thus fulfils the demands of a political epistemology that intertwines epistemology with social and political philosophy.

Book Announcement: *Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens*
Book launch for Thomas Lemke: The Government of Things (NYU Press) [in German]

Thomas Lemkes new book The Government of Things. Foucault and the New Materialisms has just been published by NYU Press. On 29 October 2021, from 5-7pm, Thomas Lemke will present the book in a discussion with Ute Tellmann (Darmstadt) and Reiner Keller (Augsburg).

Book launch for Thomas Lemke: *The Government of Things* (NYU Press) [in German]
Interview on Horkheimers Traditional and critical theory [in German]
The agora42 team asked three questions about the new edition of Max Horkheimer’s essay, a new edition of which I have recently published. You can now read my answers on the agora42 blog.
Interview on Horkheimers *Traditional and critical theory* [in German]
Political Falsehoods: Diagnoses and Concepts [mostly in German] [Update]
A series of online-talks on the different concepts that we use to analyse untruths in politics, from ideology and lies to half-truths and conspiracy theories.
Political Falsehoods: Diagnoses and Concepts [mostly in German] [Update]
Recording of my meiner inaugural lecture as “Privatdozent” [in German]
If you have missed my inaugural lecture as a “Privatdozent” in philosophy, you can watch the recording at the media server of the University of Frankfurt. An abstract and details to the original event can be found here.
Recording of my meiner inaugural lecture as “Privatdozent” [in German]
The Genealogy of Normativity
In this research project, I aim to write a genealogy of “normativity,” this “chief term” of philosophy.
The Genealogy of Normativity
BEHEMOTH - A Journal on Civilisation
The journal Behemoth publishes semi-annually research articles on contingent and sometimes precarious regimes of (dis)order.
BEHEMOTH - A Journal on Civilisation
The Effectiveness of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology
How does knowledge affect us? What political significance do epistemological questions and insights have? My habilitation project investigates the force of knowledge
The Effectiveness of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology
Alternative Govern­mentalities
How can we govern in such a way that those governed need not fear those governing? What if the usual answer of political philosophy, namely “autonomy,” is not sufficient?
Alternative Govern­mentalities
Concepts of Critique
How do we picture the activity of criticising, and how does this influence our theoretical activity of explicating the concept of critique? What kind of knowledge do we produce in criticising? And what is the relation between critique and necessity?
Concepts of Critique
Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur
Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur is a peer-reviewed open-access online journal for book reviews in scholarly philosophy.
Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur
Philosophie & Kritik. Beiträge zur politischen Philosophie und Kritischen Theorie
The book series Philosophie & Kritik. Beiträge zur politischen Philosophie und Kritischen Theorie will start in 2017 with Springer VS. It publishes books which understand themselves as politically engaged philosophy.
Philosophie & Kritik. Beiträge zur politischen Philosophie und Kritischen Theorie
Michel Foucault’s Philosophy
From a systematic perspective I am especially interested in Michel Foucault’s methodology and the resulting conception of (political) philosophy as well as his attempts to write a non-relativistic ‘History of Truth’.
Michel Foucault's Philosophy
Responsibility
That we should behave and act responsibly seems to be a self-evident norm hardly questioned by anyone. Yet, historically speaking, this is fairly new – only 200 years ago, “responsibility” was a rather marginal legal concept with no ethical significance. So what does the surprising career of “responsibility” mean, both for our thinking and our acting? What happens when “responsibility” becomes a required self-understanding for individuals at the workplace, in the welfare state or in the criminal justice system? And what are the consequences when philosophy’s analyses of “responsibility” focus almost exclusively on conditions of agency mostly absent in non-philosophical practices?
Responsibility

Teaching

In the summer term 2022, I will teach the following courses:

Ideology Critique in Critical Theory
A seminar devoted to the concpet of “ideology” and its development in critical theories.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
This lecture introduces students to the philosophy of science by looking at its most important problems and debates.

Notes on Term Papers

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 papers, I have assembled some tips in the Hausarbeiten-Survival Guide. (Note that this is a document in progress and is not quite as developed as it’s German counterpart.)

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