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The progam for the conference of the DVPW-Section Political Theory and History of Ideas has arrived! The conference »Democracy and …

The journal diskurs just published an interview with me by Clelia Minnetian and Janosik Herder. It is mostly about the relationship …

My essay »The Problem of Post-Truth« has just been published in Behemoth. A Journal on Civilisation. I argue that the diagnosis of a …

If you have missed my talk or want to see it again, there is now a video. There are further existing talks in the lecture series …

In the new issue on »crime« of metamorphosen, you will find a short polemical piece against crime fiction. Why? The short answer is …


How does knowledge affect us? What political significance do epistemological questions and insights have? My habilitation project investigates the force of knowledge

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?

Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur is a peer-reviewed open-access online journal for book reviews in scholarly philosophy.

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.

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’.

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?

I teach regularly in political theory both in the BA and MA Political Science. In addition, I hold demand-tailored seminars for the BIGSSS. In the winter term 2018/19 I will teach two seminars (both in German):

Free Speech: Reasons and Limitations of the Right to Free Speech
Syllabus BA Political Science Research Seminar
How can the right to free speech be justified? What is its scope? And what counts as a violation?
Lies, only Lies?! Bullshit, Propaganda and Ideology
Seminarplan BA Political Science
The seminar will investigate the relationship between truth and politics, or, more precisely, the relationship between untruth and politics.

Notes on Essays and Papers in Political Theory

Writing papers is the most important form of examinations in political theory seminars - yet (scientific) writing is not an easy task. o help you with the writing part and to give you some idea how to find a good research question for your 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 first read the so-called Compendium (so far there only is a German version). It specifies details like the font size, the cover page (which you can download as a .docx-file), the citation style (the StugA Politik has some advice, and there is an output style for Zotero), Plagiarism etc. You can find a proper word template kindly published by the students of the StugA Politik.