Recent Publications

Review of Romy Jaster und David Lanius (2019): Die Wahrheit schafft sich ab. Wie Fake News Politik machen. Stuttgart: Reclam.

An interview with Clelia Minnetian and Janosik Herder on the relationship between politics and truth.

»Post-truth« is a failed concept, both epistemically and politically because its simplification of the relationship between truth and …

Remarks on the position paper »Nachhaltigen Nachwuchsförderung« by DGPhil and GAP.

Upcoming Talks

Der Gebrauch von »Verantwortung« unterliegt einem Wandel, der sich entgegen prominenter Diagnosen weder als »Diffusion« noch als »Individualisierung« begreifen lässt. Vielmehr intensiviert er den Selbstbezug von Verantwortungsträger_innen und die Machtasymmetrien zwischen ihrer Subjektposition und jener der Verantwortungszuschreiber_innen. Der Vortrag diskutiert die Folgen dieses Vorgangs.

How can we govern so that those governed need not fear those governing? And what if the familiar answer of political liberalism, namely “autonomy,” turns out not to meet this criterion?

A workshop on some preliminary chapters from my new book Effective Knowledge. Rethinking a Basic Concept of Political Epistemology.

Seit 250 Jahren antwortet die politische Philosophie auf die Frage, wie so regiert werden kann, dass die Regierten keine Angst vor den Regierenden haben müssen, mit dem Prinzip der Autonomie. ES ist damit als unhintergehbares Lösungsprinzip der politischen Philosophie zur Sackgasse für unsere politische Vorstellungskraft geworden.

Recent Posts

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

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 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?

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?

In the summer term 2019, I will teach three seminars and convene a weekly colloquium (all in German):

Colloquium for Critical Social Theory
Agenda Colloquium
Room for debates of BA and MA theses, current research rojects and new literature on critical social theory.
Max Horkheimers Eclipse of Reason
Syllabus Seminar
A seminar devoted to reading Max Horkheimer’s book Eclipse of Reason.
»Ideology« in critial theory
Syllabus Proseminar
The seminar follows the concept of »ideology« classical accounts in early texts by Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer up to present day discussions by Rahel Jaeggi and Sally Haslanger.

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 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).