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  • Review of Mark G. E. Kelly: For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory. In ndpr 2018.04.05

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  • Demokratische Wahrheit statt postfaktischer Politik In Journal für politische Bildung 2017

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  • The Spell of Responsibility. Labor, Criminality, Philosophy (translation of Im Bann der Verantwortung) London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017.

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  • Souveräne schaffen und beschränken. Vorarbeiten zu einer Genealogie politischer Verantwortung In Daase et al. (Hrsg.): Politik und Verantwortung Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2017

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  • Review of Michel Foucault: Subjektivität und Wahrheit. Vorlesungen am Collège de France 1980–1981 and Pravu Mazumdar (ed.): Foucault und das Problem der Freiheit In npl 62.2 (2017)

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  • The Birth of Austerity. German Ordoliberalism and Contemporary Neoliberalism London: Rowman & Littlefield International

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  • Critique as a Practice of Prefigurative Emancipation In Distinktion 2017

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Martin Nonhoff and I are organising the spring conferecne of the DVPW-Section Political Theory and History of Ideas in March 2019. The conference topic (and title) is »Democracy and Truth«. You can find the call for papers by clicking on »Read more« or download it as a PDF. Both are in German, though, as this will be the conference language.

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I have writen a small teaser for my book The Spell of Responsibility on the RLI blog. Read it on

The Journal für politische Bildung issue 4/2017 is out. It focuses on propaganda, disinformation and conspiracies with articles by Juliane Wetzel, Johannes Baldauf and Jan Rathje, Manfred Pappenberger, Claus Leggewie - and myself.

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This workshop (in German) will take place on 31 January 2018 at the university of Erfurt. Katharina Hoppe will give a talk on »Wahrsprechen und Bezeugen: Politik der Wahrheit nach Michel Foucault und Donna Haraway«; my own presentation is entitled »Auf Kritik reflektieren. Zur Praxis kritischer Theorien«.

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In Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 November 2017, Julian Culp reviewed the special issue of the journal Mittelweg 36 that Martin Nonhoff and I edited: Politische Theorie in der Krise. Now our reply has been published in FAZ, 27 Dezember 2017.


  • Effective Knowledge

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

  • 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?

  • Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur

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

  • 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.

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  • 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’.

  • 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?


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 summer term 2018 I will teach two seminars (both in German):

Here is a list of my seminars from previous semesters

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 (available both for Citavi and for Zotero), Plagiarism etc. You can find a proper word template kindly published by the students of the StugA Politik.