Political Epistemology

Political Epistemology

My research focus on political epistemology bundles different projects, for example on the effectiveness of knowledge, on the concept of normativity or on the history of political epistemology.

Dig and Grab: Philosophising with and after Foucault [in German]

Dig and Grab: Philosophising with and after Foucault [in German]

In this talk, I present an interpretation of Michel Foucault’s philosophical method.

Moved: Book Launch *Umkämpfte Wissenschaften -- zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung*

Moved: Book Launch Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung

Book Launch at the Research and Teaching Area Political Theory at Humboldt University Berlin.

Wahrheit und Praxis – Schwierige Verhältnisse [in German]

Talk and roundtable discussion with Prof. Dr. Christian Meyer & Prof. Dr. Sven Reichardt (Universiy Konstanz).

Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung

Gegen den nostalgischen Positivismus, der die »spontane Philosophie« der Wissenschaften dominiert, argumentiere ich für ein realistisches Verständnis wissenschaftlicher Praktiken – das allerdings die Umstellung auf eine nicht-souveräne Erkenntnistheorie erfordert, deren Grundidee ich in dem Vortrag skizziere.

Roundtable “Fact and Trouble -- Democracy in Focus” [in German]

Roundtable “Fact and Trouble – Democracy in Focus” [in German]

Roundtable at the congress Demokratie in Sachsen at the Else Frenkel-Brunswik Institut.

Contested Sciences, Fragile Truths: On the Merits of a Non-Sovereign Epistemology [in German]

Contested Sciences, Fragile Truths: On the Merits of a Non-Sovereign Epistemology [in German]

Against the nostalgic positivism that dominates the currrent “spontaneous philosophy of science”, I argue for a realistic understanding of scientific practices. That, however, requires a non-sovereign epistemology, the outlines of which I will sketch in this talk.

Vortrag und Workshop mit Daniele Lorenzini

Vortrag und Workshop mit Daniele Lorenzini

Am 2. und 3. Mai 2024 kommt Daniele Lorenzini(University of Pennsylvania; z.Z. FU Berlin) nach Frankfurt für einen Vortrag und einen Workshop. Beide Events finden im Rahmen des Forschungskolloquiums Sozialphilosophie (Martin Saar) statt in Kooperation mit der Professur für Epistemology and Theory of Science am University College Freiburg (Frieder Vogelmann) und der Professur für Allgemeine Soziologie/Soziologische Theorie an der TU Darmstadt (Ute Tellmann)

Review of Daniele Lorenzini: *The Force of Truth: Critique, Genealogy, and Truth-Telling in Michel Foucault*. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press, 2023.

Review of Daniele Lorenzini: The Force of Truth: Critique, Genealogy, and Truth-Telling in Michel Foucault. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press, 2023.

Lorenzini elucidates Foucault’s lifelong project of a history of truth, situates Foucault’s late analysis of parrhesia within that …

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Please read the syllabus carefully! The lecture introduces students to the philosophy of science by looking at the most important problems and debates: What are sciences, and how are they related to philosophy?

Kaleidoscope. Colloquium for Alternative Epistemologies

The aim of this colloquium is to discuss epistemologies beyond the beaten tracks of European philosopy. This does not mean to neglect ideas from classical “western” epistemology wholesale, but to bring them into dialogue with epistemological arguments from other traditions of thought.

Knowledge, Sexuality and Identities. Linda Martín Alcoffs radical contemporary philosophy [in German]

Knowledge, Sexuality and Identities. Linda Martín Alcoffs radical contemporary philosophy [in German]

Obwohl ihr Werk in der deutschsprachigen Philosophie erst seit wenigen Jahren verstärkt diskutiert wird, zählen Linda Martín Alcoffs Bücher und Aufsätze seit den 1990er Jahren zu den innovativsten Beiträgen zu einer radikal auf die Gegenwart bezogenen Philosophie.

Bloß keine Idee zur beherrschenden werden lassen

From Konrad Lorenz to Protagoras: a lecture by Paul Feyerabend from the year 1985.
Review of Paul Feyerabend (2023): Historische Wurzeln moderner Probleme. Vorlesung an der ETH Zürich 1985. Berlin: Suhrkamp. Published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 12, 2024.

Against Responsibilisation: On the Domination of Concepts

Against Responsibilisation: On the Domination of Concepts

Responsibilisation of thought means the domination of a certain usage of “responsibility” that hides the objectification of power relations within subjects in order to let them feel sovereign despite all their limitations.

Book Presentation: Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung [in German]

A discussion between Frieder Vogelmann and Melanie Altanian about the new book Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung in jos fritz bookshop in Freiburg.

Contested Sciences -- between Idealisation and Disdain [in German]

Contested Sciences – between Idealisation and Disdain [in German]

Against science denialism and uncritical idealisation of the sciences, I argue for a realistic understanding of scientific practices.

Political Epistemology without Apologies

Political Epistemology without Apologies

The argument presented in the talk aims to show that intertwining epistemology with social and political theory must transforms of both sub-disciplines, due to three basic requirements: minimal materialism, radical self-reflection and epistemic non-sovereignty.

Situated, Not Located: The Institute for Social Research as Impossible Place for Critical Theory [in German]

Situated, Not Located: The Institute for Social Research as Impossible Place for Critical Theory [in German]

My contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt considers the necessary yet unrealisable expectations towards an institutionalisation of critical theory.

Diskussionsabend *Umkämpfte Wissenschaften -- zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung*

Diskussionsabend Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung

Eine Diskussion zwischen Frieder Vogelmann und Regina Schidel über das Buch Umkämpfte Wissenschaften – zwischen Idealisierung und Verachtung in der Karl Marx Buchhandlung in Frankfurt am Main.

Contested Sciences -- Between Idealisation and Contempt [in German]

Contested Sciences – Between Idealisation and Contempt [in German]

Against the twin trends of science denialism and of a dangerously one-dimensional understanding of sciences, Vogelmann argues for a more realistic account of scientific practices.

Forschungspraktiken erforschen: Zur kritischen Reflexion akademischer Wissensproduktion

Forschungspraktiken erforschen: Zur kritischen Reflexion akademischer Wissensproduktion

Die Ringvorlesung wirft aus ganz unterschiedlichen Perspektiven kritische Blicke auf akademische Praktiken.

How to Cope With Untruth in Politics? [in German]

How to Cope With Untruth in Politics? [in German]

How should we react to untruths in politics, if we do not want to affirm the false diagnosis of a “posttruth era”?

Political Epistemology without Apologies

The argument presented in the talk aims to show that intertwining epistemology with social and political theory must transforms of both sub-disciplines, due to three basic requirements: minimal materialism, radical self-reflection and epistemic non-sovereignty.

Foucault and Ontology [in German]

Foucault and Ontology [in German]

In our contribution, Martin Saar and I discuss how Michel Foucault’s philosophical thought stands vis-à-vis ontology.

Im Radio: Wissenschaft als Mittel gegen das »postfaktische Zeitalter«?

Im Radio: Wissenschaft als Mittel gegen das »postfaktische Zeitalter«?

Im Hörsaal von Deutschlandfunk Nova wird am 1. Oktober 2023 die Aufnahme meines Vortrags »Wissenschaft als Mittel gegen das ›postfaktische Zeitalter‹?« ausgestrahlt.

Foucault Today: History, Politics, Philosophy

Foucault Today: History, Politics, Philosophy

Please read the syllabus carefully! Almost forty years after his early death, Michel Foucault is still one of the towering figures of the 20th century in the humanities and social sciences.

Kaleidoscope. Colloquium for Alternative Epistemologies

The aim of this colloquium is to discuss epistemologies beyond the beaten tracks of European philosopy. This does not mean to neglect ideas from classical “western” epistemology wholesale, but to bring them into dialogue with epistemological arguments from other traditions of thought.

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

Please read the syllabus carefully! This course offers an overview of contemporary epistemology with a primer on the basics of philosophical logic (propositional and predicate logic). At the same time, it introduces non-philosophy students to philosophy in the sense of working on conceptual problems, questions and arguments.

The Form of Critical Theories, or Why Political Epistemology Matters

The Form of Critical Theories, or Why Political Epistemology Matters

My contribution the international conference Futuring Critical Theory at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt/Main, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

There Is No Contradiction: True and Effective Knowledge

There Is No Contradiction: True and Effective Knowledge

In this talk, I will show how philosophy produces the widespread, if often implicit, claim that there is a contradiction between the truth and the effectiveness of knowledge. Once we see how the supposed contradiction is constituted, we will be able to free ourselves from it and arrive at a concept of knowledge as effective and true.

Whose Freedom? What Science? Requirements for Conceptions of Academic Freedom [in German]

What are the requirements for conceptions of academic freedom beyond a narrow legal conceptualisation?

Panel Discussion: Politics and Science – Teamplayer or Adversaries? [in German]

How does politics relate to science – and should politics relate to science?

Wisdom’s Friend and the Whole World’s Enemy? Philosophy with, in and against the World [in German]

Wisdom’s Friend and the Whole World’s Enemy? Philosophy with, in and against the World [in German]

The article, in which I inquire into the appropriate relationship between the world and philosophy, is based on my inaugural lecture at the University of Freiburg on 21 July 2022.

What Science? Whose Freedom? Requirements for Conceptions of Academic Freedom

What are the requirements for conceptions of academic freedom beyond a narrow legal conceptualisation?

Science as Antidote to the “Era of Post-Truth”? [in German]

Die populäre Diagnose eines »postfaktischen Zeitalters« trifft auf gravierende historische, begriffliche und erkenntnistheoretische Einwände und verbreitet ein idealisiertes Bild einer einheitlichen Wissenschaft. Dagegen entwickele ich im Vortrag eine Alternative.

New Book in Autumn! [in German]

New Book in Autumn! [in German]

My new book Contested Sciences – Between Idealisation and Contempt comes out in the [Was bedeutet das alles?]-series with Reclam on 13 October 2023.

The Effectivity of Knowledge: Workshop with Frieder Vogelmann in Potsdam

A Workshop on my book Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens. Eine politische Epistemologie at the Potsdam Center for Post-Kantian Philosophy.

How to Translate Science in the Public? [in German]

How to Translate Science in the Public? [in German]

In the radio show Sein und Streit from 19 March, I spoke with Catherine Newmark about our understanding of the sciences and their relation to politics.

Epistemic Injustice: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Epistemic Injustice: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Please read the syllabus carefully! In the most basic sense, “epistemic injustice” means that someone is wronged in her capacity as a knower. Examples abound: attributing less credibility to certain knowers because of their gender, race or class, silencing others’ voices in specific social situations, or hindering whole communities to develop an adequate vocabulary to describe their social suffering are just a few forms that epistemic injustice can take.

Kaleidoscope. Colloquium for Alternative Epistemologies

The aim of this colloquium is to discuss epistemologies beyond the beaten tracks of European philosopy. This does not mean to neglect ideas from classical “western” epistemology wholesale, but to bring them into dialogue with epistemological arguments from other traditions of thought.

Nothing But the Truth. Theories of Truth in the 20<sup>th</sup> and 21<sup>st</sup> Century [in German].

Nothing But the Truth. Theories of Truth in the 20th and 21st Century [in German].

Bitte lesen Sie den Seminarplan aufmerksam, bevor Sie Fragen dazu stellen! »›Was ist Wahrheit?‹ sagte Pilatus spöttisch und wollte nicht bleiben, um die Antwort zu hören.« (John L. Austin, »Wahrheit«, 1950)

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

The lecture introduces students to the philosophy of science by looking at the most important problems and debates: What are sciences, and how are they related to philosophy? How do scientific explanations work?

Workshop *Wie weiter mit der politischen Epistemologie?* [in German]

Workshop Wie weiter mit der politischen Epistemologie? [in German]

A two-day workshop in Freiburg for discussing the present state and the potential future of political epistemology from all its different traditions, including postcolonial theory, feminist epistemology, critical theory and analytic epistemology.

Truth as Force: A Materialist Picture

Truth is a contested concept, yet that concept takes place in an idealist picture leading to a sovereign understanding of truth. In light of the problems it creates, I propose a materialist picture that helps us to understand the internal conception between truth and politics.

Evidenz, Wissenschaft, Politik. Über die Gefahr von Kollektivsingularen

Evidenz, Wissenschaft, Politik. Über die Gefahr von Kollektivsingularen

Vortrag auf dem Workshop Welches Wissen (und welche Wissenschaft) braucht die Politik? Herausforderungen wissensbasierter Demokratie

Recording of the book presentation and discussion of *Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens*

Recording of the book presentation and discussion of Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens

The recording of the book presentation of Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens and its discussion with Ulrich Bröckling, Nadja Germann, Nicola Gess and Daniel Loick is now available on this page.

*Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens.* Buchvorstellung und Diskussion

Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens. Buchvorstellung und Diskussion

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion mit Nadja Germann, Nicola Gess und Daniel Loick; moderiert von Ulrich Bröckling.

Unwahrheiten in der Politik: Ein Bestiarium

Vortrag im Rahmen der Vorlesungsreihe Im Dialog. Wissenschaften und ihr Publikum

“Wissen verändert uns”. Interview with Thomas Steiner

Frieder Vogelmann, interviewed by Thomas Steiner from Badische Zeitung

What Science? Whose Freedom? Mapping the Debates about Academic Freedom

What Science? Whose Freedom? Mapping the Debates about Academic Freedom

What are the requirements for conceptions of academic freedom beyond a narrow legal conceptualisation?

Science as an Antidote to the “Post-Truth Era”? Defending Scientific Practices without Scientism

Science as an Antidote to the “Post-Truth Era”? Defending Scientific Practices without Scientism

How to defend scientific practices against the rise of untruth in politics without succumbing to scientism?

Truth as Force: A Materialist Picture

Truth is a contested concept, yet that concept takes place in an idealist picture leading to a sovereign understanding of truth. In the talk, I propose a materialist picture instead that helps us to understand the internal conception between truth and politics.

Opponents, Elective Relatives -- Material? Foucault's Usage of the History of Philosophy [in German]

Opponents, Elective Relatives – Material? Foucault’s Usage of the History of Philosophy [in German]

Lecture for the lecture series “Michel Foucault und die Philosophiegeschichte”

Is Knowledge Power? An Interview with Florian Geisler [In German]

Wie wirken Wissensbestände wirklich auf Gesellschaft und Individuen ein? Frieder Vogelmann nimmt unsere Begriffe in seinem neuen Buch genauer in den Blick.

Two Interviews on Philosophy and Political Epistemology

Two Interviews on Philosophy and Political Epistemology

For those who understand German, you can now listen to two podcast episodes on my new book and, more generally, on topics I am working on. With the makers of Narabo, Lukas Kiemele and Roxana Rentsch, I chatted about my career path, philosophy, responsibility and political epistemology.

The Limits of Control. Was sollten radikaldemokratische Theorien leisten?

The Limits of Control. Was sollten radikaldemokratische Theorien leisten?

Talk at the conference “Transformations of the Political. Radical Democratic Theory for the 2020s”

In Dialogue. Sciences and Their Audiences [in German]

In Dialogue. Sciences and Their Audiences [in German]

A lecture series on the sciences and their different audiences.

Book Launch *Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens* in Frankfurt/Main

Book Launch Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens in Frankfurt/Main

On 7th November 2022, I will present my new book at Karl Marx Buchhandlung in Frankfurt am Main.

Vernunft und Politik: Beste Feinde?

Vernunft und Politik: Beste Feinde?

Vortrag auf der Tagung “Rationalität und Demokratie”

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

Please read the syllabus carefully! This lecture offers an overview of contemporary epistemology and introduces the basics of philosophical logic (propositional and predicate logic). At the same time, it introduces non-philosophy students to philosophy in the sense of working on conceptual problems, questions, and arguments.

Sciences vs. Non- and Pseudo-Sciences: The Demarcation Problem

Sciences vs. Non- and Pseudo-Sciences: The Demarcation Problem

Please read the syllabus carefully! We have a rough and ready idea what sciences are and that some methods to gain knowledge are “scientific” whereas others are “unscientific.” Conducting a social survey, doing experiments in behaviour economics or constructing computer models to predict how the climate changes is scientific, relying on hearsay, following gut intuitions or compiling knowledge from randomly selected search results on google is not.

Sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliche Neuerscheinungen besprechen. Eine Schreibwerkstatt

Buchrezensionen sind ein wichtiges Medium einer Public Sociology und zugleich ein ausgezeichnetes Lernfeld für wissenschaftliches Schreiben. Im Rahmen dieses als Schreibwerkstatt angelegten Seminars sollen gemeinsam sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliche Neuerscheinungen diskutiert und von den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern rezensiert werden.

New Publication: *The Force of Knowledge* [in German]

New Publication: The Force of Knowledge [in German]

“Political Epistemology begins with understanding that epistemology without political philosophy is idealistic whereas political philosophy without epistemolog is dogmatic.”

Today, my revised habilitation thesis has been 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.

The Force of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology [in German]

The Force of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology [in German]

To aptly conceptualise the internal relationship between truth and knowledge on one side, and politics and society on the other side, political epistemology must reformulate the concepts of epistemology and social and political theory. For the concept of knowledge, this task implies to consider the truth and the force of knowledge equally.

Kaleidoskop. Denkraum für alternative Erkenntnistheorie

If you are interested, email us and come to the initial meeting on the 25th of October.

Video-Recording of my inaugural lecture at Freiburg

Video-Recording of my inaugural lecture at Freiburg

The recording of my inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Humanities of Albert-Ludwigs-University and University College Freiburg is now available.

Wisdom’s friend and all the world’s enemy? Philosophy with, in and against the world [in German]

Wisdom’s friend and all the world’s enemy? Philosophy with, in and against the world [in German]

Inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Humanities of Albert-Ludwigs-University and University College Freiburg.

Politische Epistemologie heute

Input for the workshop Theorie im “postfaktischen Zeitalter”

Four Paths Towards Political Epistemology [in German]

Four Paths Towards Political Epistemology [in German]

In this chapter, I suggest that we should understand “political Epistemology” as a name for the task to intertwine epistemology with social and critical theory.

Neither Deny nor Glorify: For a Realistic Understanding of Scientific Practices [in German]

Neither Deny nor Glorify: For a Realistic Understanding of Scientific Practices [in German]

In this article, I argue for a realistic understanding of sciences, which based on a materialist epistemology can acknowledge the plurality, historicity and contextuality of scientific practices.

Contemporary Authoritarianism: A Dialectics of Positivism?

Contemporary Authoritarianism: A Dialectics of Positivism?

A look at the relationship of authority and reason in Horkheimer’s early articles and contemporary accounts of the new authoritarianism.

“Post-Truth,” Science and Democracy: Defending Scientific Practices without Scientism

“Post-Truth,” Science and Democracy: Defending Scientific Practices without Scientism

The diagnosis of a “post-truth era” is popular but wrong: historically, conceptually, politically. Yet there is a grain of truth in it: we should be concerned with the rise of untruth in politics. I argue that non-sovereign conceptions of truth and knowledge from feminist epistemology can help to defend scientific practices epistemically against science denialism without succumbing to scientism.

Ideology Critique in Critical Theory

Ideology Critique in Critical Theory

“Ideology” is as central a concept in critical theory as it is contested. In many critical theories, it has been and still is a key concept because they understand themselves as practicing ideology critique.

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

The lecture introduces students to the philosophy of science by looking at the most important problems and debates: What are sciences, and how are they related to philosophy? How do scientific explanations work?

Demokratie und Wahrheit

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.

Realismus statt Kritik? Eine Verteidigung radikaler Vernunftkritik

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.

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?

»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?

Book Announcement: *Die Wirksamkeit des Wissens*

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.

Wissenschaftsfreiheit, die wir meinen

Das ist nicht die Wissenschaftsfreiheit, die wir meinen. Unsere Intervention zur grassierenden anti-woken, anti-cancel-culture, kurz: rechten Verteidigung des Status quo.

Was ist und wozu dient politische Epistemologie?

Was ist und wozu dient politische Epistemologie?

In diesem Vortrag stelle ich am Beispiel der Diskussion über das »postfaktische Zeitalter« und die Rolle der Wissenschaften vor, was politische Epistemologie ist und wofür wir sie brauchen.

Book launch for Thomas Lemke: *The Government of Things* (NYU Press) [in German]

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).

Wahrheit, Wissen und Wissenschaften

Wahrheit, Wissen und Wissenschaften

Ein Kurzvortag zum Zusammenhang von Wissen, Wahrheit und Wissenschaften aus der Perspektive der politischen Epistemologie.

Introduction to Feminist Science Studies [in German]

Die Feministische Wissenschaftskritik (Feminist Science Studies) entwickelte sich im Kontext der sogenannten zweiten Welle des Feminismus in den frühen 1980er Jahren, in der sich mit einem breiten Themenspektrum rund um Sexualität, Reproduktion, körperliche Autonomie und Familienstrukturen befasst wurde.

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

Knowledge and Its Problems: An Introduction to Epistemology

This lecture offers an overview of contemporary epistemology and introduces the basics of philosophical logic (propositional and predicate logic). At the same time, it introduces non-philosophy students to philosophy in the sense of working on conceptual problems, questions, and arguments.

Political Responsibility: The Life of a Concept

Political Responsibility: The Life of a Concept

In a spectacularly short time, the concept of responsibility has risen from obscurity to prominence: Coined as a political concept in the debates surrounding the democratic revolutions in America and France, it was used to rethink the relation between the government and the people or the government and the parliament.

Populismus und das postfaktische Zeitalter: Eine Krise der Universität? [in German]

Populismus und das postfaktische Zeitalter: Eine Krise der Universität? [in German]

Eine Podiumsdiskussion über Universitäten im postfaktischen Zeitalter.

Interview on Horkheimers *Traditional and critical theory* [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.

“Validity” versus “Life”, “Normativity” versus “Force”. Genealogy of a Fault Line in (Social) Philosophy [in German]

“Validity” versus “Life”, “Normativity” versus “Force”. Genealogy of a Fault Line in (Social) Philosophy [in German]

In this article, I argue that (a) “force” and “normativity” are two paradigms the confrontation of which (b) repeats the struggle between neo-Kantian Normativism and life-philosophy in the 19th century but (c) changes the role of subjectivity fundamentally.

Political Falsehoods: Diagnoses and Concepts [mostly in German] [Update]

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.

Recording of my meiner inaugural lecture as “Privatdozent” [in German]

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.

Weder ver&shy;leugnen noch ver&shy;herr&shy;lichen. Für ein realistisches Ver&shy;ständ&shy;nis wissen&shy;schaft&shy;licher Praktiken

Weder ver­leugnen noch ver­herr­lichen. Für ein realistisches Ver­ständ­nis wissen­schaft­licher Praktiken

In dem Vortrag präsentiere ich eine realistische Betrachtung wissenschaftlicher Praktiken gegen ihre Verleugnung und Verherrlichung.

Wahrheit als epistemische Kraft. Ein philosophisches Bild

In diesem Vortrag entwickle ich ein philosophisches Bild von Wahrheit als epistemischer Kraft, die aus sozialen Praktiken emergiert. …

Max Horkheimer: *Traditionelle und kritische Theorie* (Great Papers Philosophie)

Max Horkheimer: Traditionelle und kritische Theorie (Great Papers Philosophie)

Kritische Theorie soll die Gesellschaft emanzipieren, statt sie wie herkömmliche Forschung nur zu erfassen. Die Grundzüge dieser engagierten Wissenschaft skizziert Max Horkheimer in seinem berühmten Aufsatz von 1937 in der Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung. Das Nachwort hilft, die schwierigen Konsequenzen dieser einfachen Idee nachzuvollziehen. Frieder Vogelmann stellt zudem die wichtigste Kritik an Horkheimers Argumenten sowie deren Weiterentwicklung in der Frankfurter Schule vor.

Podcasting Populism [in German]

Podcasting Populism [in German]

Students from my seminar Populism as a Social Phenomenon have created a podcast. In six episodes, they discuss different aspects of the concept and the phenomenon called “populism.” The six episodes will be published weekly on Wednesdays, starting on March 10th, 2021, at https://anchor.fm/podcasting-populism.

Colloquium for Social Theory [in German]

Das Kolloquium Soziologische Theorie dient der vertieften Diskussion von Abschlussarbeiten (BA und MA), Forschungsprojekten und neuer Literatur aus dem Bereich der Sozialtheorie. Die Kolloquiumsplanung findet in der ersten Sitzung statt.

From Politeness to Propaganda: Social Forms of Falsehood [in German]

Angelogen zu werden ist empörend: es verletzt soziale Normen. Manche Wahrheiten ungeschminkt gesagt zu bekommen ist ebenso empörend: auch damit werden soziale Normen übertreten. An die Vielfalt von Formen der Falschheit wollen wir in diesem Seminar soziologisch herangehen.

Theories of Society: Habermas vs. Luhmann [in German]

Anhand des produktiven Streits zwischen Niklas Luhmanns Systemtheorie und Jürgen Habermas Gesellschaftstheorie des kommunikativen Handelns werden wir in diesem Seminar grundsätzliche Differenzen in der Architektur von Gesellschaftstheorien diskutieren. Dabei werden wir einerseits die zentralen Streitfragen über Objektivität, Normativität und die Rolle des Subjektbegriffs in der Gesellschaftstheorie behandeln.

Values in the Social Sciences [in German]

Welche Rolle spielen Werte in den Sozialwissenschaften – und welche sollten sie spielen? Unbestritten ist, dass die wissenschaftliche Arbeit nicht wertfrei vonstattengehen kann. Davon zeugen ethische Grundsätze für gute wissenschaftliche Praxis, die sowohl Anforderungen an den Umgang mit Versuchspersonen, Informant_innen und den erhobenen Daten stellen als auch Sanktionen für das Fälschen von Forschungsergebnissen oder Plagiate enthalten.

Dichtung und Wahrheit. Rezension zu Nicola Gess: *Halbwahrheiten. Zur Manipulation von Wirklichkeit*

Dichtung und Wahrheit. Rezension zu Nicola Gess: Halbwahrheiten. Zur Manipulation von Wirklichkeit

Gess bietet mit “Halbwahrheiten” einen interessanten Begriff als Instrument an, um die Genese und Funktion solcher Behauptungen zu erhellen, die sowohl faktische als auch fiktive Anteile enthalten und gerade aus dieser Amalgamierung Kapital schlagen.

Horkheimer’s *Great Paper*

Horkheimer’s Great Paper

In May 2021, a new edition of Horkheimer’s seminal essay “Traditional and critical theory” will be published in the Great Papers Philiosophie-series by Reclam, including my detailed afterword. For more information, visit Reclam’s website.

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology

The rise of untruth in politics has mostly been met by a stout defense of a robust notion of truth and an equally robust notion of the sciences. Yet all too often, this answer sacrifices the results of critically examinations of actual practices in the sciences and humanities.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Idealism in Critical Theory

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Idealism in Critical Theory

The article shows that Amy Allen’s diagnosis of a too idealistic account of reason forms the backbone of her critique of contemporary Frankfurt School critical theory, before it discusses her criteria for an adequate conceptualization of the intertwinement of reason and power.

Ein neuer Sammelband zu Michel Foucaults Vorlesungen am Collège de France

Ein neuer Sammelband zu Michel Foucaults Vorlesungen am Collège de France

Von den Theorien und Institutionen des Strafens über die psychiatrische Macht bis zum modernen Staatsrassismus und der (neo)liberalen Gouvernementalität, von den Selbstbildungspraktiken der griechischen Antike über die Notwendigkeit des freimütigen Sprechens in der Demokratie bis zur kynischen Wahrheit einer anderen Welt reichen die Themen in Michel Foucaults Vorlesungen, die er am Collège de France von 1970 bis 1984 gehalten hat. Und quer durch alle hindurch ziehen sich die Fragen nach dem Zusammenhang von Wissen, Macht und Subjektivität sowie nach der Methode, um diese erhellen zu können.

Dieser Band nimmt die vollständige Veröffentlichung der 13 Vorlesungen zum Anlass, sie sowohl als Ganzes als auch jede einzelne Vorlesung zu betrachten. Damit bietet er tiefe Einblicke in Foucaults Vorlesungen und liefert zugleich eine umfassende Einführung in diesen Teil von Foucaults Werk.

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology. Six Theses on Untruth in Politics

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology. Six Theses on Untruth in Politics

How can we diagnose and criticize “untruth in politics” without idealising the sciences or a supposedly singular “scientific method”?.

“Fragmente eines Willens zum Wissen”. Michel Foucaults Vorlesungen 1970--1984

“Fragmente eines Willens zum Wissen”. Michel Foucaults Vorlesungen 1970–1984

Dieser Band nimmt die vollständige Veröffentlichung der 13 Vorlesungen zum Anlass, sie sowohl als Ganzes als auch jede einzelne Vorlesung zu betrachten. Damit bietet er tiefe Einblicke in Foucaults Vorlesungen und liefert zugleich eine umfassende Einführung in diesen Teil von Foucaults Werk.

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology: Six Theses on Untruth in Politics

Critical Theory and Political Epistemology: Six Theses on Untruth in Politics

The rise of untruth in politics has mostly been met by a stout defense of a robust notion of truth and an equally robust notion of the sciences. Yet all too often, this answer sacrifices the results of critically examinations of actual practices in the sciences and humanities. This article outlines a response for critical theories that enables them to defend truth and objectivity against organized climate change denialists or political propagandists without embracing a naïve positivism about ‘the scientific method’ or objectivity.

Drastisch gegenwärtig. Über Stil und Geschichte in der Philosophie

Drastisch gegenwärtig. Über Stil und Geschichte in der Philosophie

In diesem Vortrag rekonstruiere ich die eigenständige Form kritischer Philosophie, die Martin Saar in den letzten Jahren Schritt für Schritt entwickelt hat.

Kritische Theorie(n). Ein Workshop mit Martin Saar

Kritische Theorie(n). Ein Workshop mit Martin Saar

Am 20./21. November findet ein kleiner Workshop zum Thema “Kritische Theorie(n)” mit Martin Saar statt. Organisiert wird er von Sarah Bianchi, Corina Färber, Hannes Kuch, Kristina Lepold und Frieder Vogelmann in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Forschungsverbund “Normative Ordnungen” der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt und dem Institut für Sozialforschung (IfS). Leider können wir aufgrund der Pandemie Publikum nur digital zulassen; dafür bedarf es einer Anmeldung vorab.

Four Neglected Roads to Political Epistemology

In the talk I argue that political epistemology should include four often neglected research traditions with similar ambitions: Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Feminist Epistemology, Poststructuralism and Postcolonial Theory.

ECPR GC220 Panel “Theoretical Perspectives on Knowledge and Politics”

The goal of this section is to reconsider the relationship between knowledge and politics.

Keep Score and Punish: Brandom’s Concept of Responsibility

Keep Score and Punish: Brandom’s Concept of Responsibility

A critical reading of Robert Brandom’s usage of the concept of responsibility to explicate normativity’s binding force.
Update August, 2020: Finally, the article has left the ‘onlineFirst’-limbo and found a home in issue 48.8!

Wer nicht twittern kann...

Wer nicht twittern kann…

… schreibt über Twitter: Genau das habe ich in Widerspruch. Münchner Zeitschrift für Philosophie getan. Mein kleiner Essay über die agitatorische Logik digitaler Öffentlichkeiten, die ich mithilfe einiger anachronistischer Überlegungen zum Propagandabegriff entwickele, basiert auf dem Vortrag zu Propaganda, den ich für das Corona-Glossar des Frankfurter Arbeitskreises für Politische Theorie und Philosophie gehalten habe.

Reluctant Propagandists? On the Agitational Logic of Digital Publics on Twitter [in German]

Reluctant Propagandists? On the Agitational Logic of Digital Publics on Twitter [in German]

Can the concept of propaganda help us to understand digital publics? My essay considers early analyses of propaganda by Alfred and Elizabeth Lee, Leo Löwenthal and Norbert Guterman and Victor Klemperer to shed light on the agitational logic of digital publics on twitter.

Truth as Force [in German]

A proposal for an understanding of truth as an epistemic force that emergates in social practices.

Epistemology as Social Theory: Jürgen Habermas’ Knowledge and Human Interests [in German]

In seinem später aus verworfenen Überlegungen in Erkenntnis und Interesse tritt Habermas das Erbe der älteren kritischen Theorie an. Insbesondere in Anknüpfung an Horkheimers klassischen Essay “Traditionelle und kritische Theorie” versucht Habermas darzulegen, warum und wie Gesellschafts- und Erkenntnistheorie miteinander verflochten sind.

Introduction to Modern Social Theory [in German]

Das Seminar bietet einen Einstieg in die moderne soziologische Theorie, indem darin klassische und zeitgenössische Texte zu wichtigen Begriffen und Themen diskutiert werden, die die Debatte der soziologischen Theorie nachhaltig geprägt haben.

Populism as a Social Phenomenon: Current Theories about a Contested Issue [in German]

Der Begriff “Populismus” ist heute in aller Munde – doch aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Sicht ist alles andere als klar, was genau damit gemeint ist. Im Seminar werden wir die wichtigsten, aktuellen Theorie des Populismus diskutieren und vor allem danach fragen, wie Populismus als soziales (und nicht allein politisches) Phänomen zu verstehen ist: welche sozialen Probleme sprechen Populismen an, welche neuen Denk- und Verhaltensweisen erschaffen sie?

Theories of Society from Marx to Luhmann [in German]

Was ist und wozu treiben wir Gesellschaftstheorie? Im Seminar beschäftigen wir uns anhand verschiedener Formen von Gesellschaftstheorie – eben von Marx bis Luhmann – mit dieser Frage. Dabei diskutieren wir auch das ursprüngliche Programm einer umfassenden, materialistischen Theorie der Gesellschaft, das Max Horkheimer in den 1930er Jahren zum Programm des Instituts für Sozialforschung machte.

Critical Theories in the Pandemic: A Glossary -- (no) Finissage [plus podcast!]

Critical Theories in the Pandemic: A Glossary – (no) Finissage [plus podcast!]

The Frankfurter Arbeitskreis rounds up its “Corona Glossary” in short talks on YouTube with a livestream on Sunday, 3rd May, at 17:00h (GMT +2). Again, we use this opportunity to ask for your support of the following organizations: Medico International, Project Shelter, Medical Volunteers International, Stand by me Lesvos, No Border Kitchen.

Critical Theories in the Pandemic: A Glossary -- Online Fundraiser

Critical Theories in the Pandemic: A Glossary – Online Fundraiser

The Frankfurter Arbeitskreis presents a “Corona Glossary” in short talks on YouTube. Meant to stimulate discussion, it is also connected with a very practical aim: to raise money for two initiatives which support migrants in their vital needs and political struggles: Project Shelter, a local charity from Frankfurt, and Medico International, an organization which promotes the human right to health in cooperation with many left-wing political forces around the globe.

Lies, Ideology, Propaganda… Untruth in Politics and How We (Should) Conceptualize It (in German)

Lies, Ideology, Propaganda… Untruth in Politics and How We (Should) Conceptualize It (in German)

Der Vortrag beleuchtet die gravierenden Probleme der Diagnose eines “postfaktischen Zeitalters” und erinnert an die Vor- und Nachteile alternativer Begriffe zu Diagnose von Unwahrheit in der Politik.

Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: The Critique of Law without a Critique of Responsibility (in German)

Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: The Critique of Law without a Critique of Responsibility (in German)

Selbst wenn viele Rechtskritiken die Gewalt des Rechts mindern, ja Strafe abschaffen wollen, schrecken sie davor zurück, Schluss mit …

The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction. Michel Foucault on Sexuality, Biopolitics and Racism (in German)

Michel Foucault’s first volume of his “history of sexuality” is a modern classic. In it, Foucault develops his concept of power vis-à-vis the historical material he analyzes. Foucault presents three far-reaching theses: First, sexuality is not a natural yet repressed phenomena; it rather is a modern invention of the 19th century, systematically nurtured by the dominant powers.

Sociology as a Diagnosis of the Present (in German)

Wie von keiner anderen Gesellschaftswissenschaft wird von der Soziologie erwartet, nicht nur Gesellschaftstheorien bereitzustellen, sondern auch ihre jeweilige Gegenwart in griffigen Zeitdiagnosen zu bündeln. Im Seminar werden wir einen solchen aktuellen Versuch – Andreas Reckwitz: Das Ende der Illusionen (2019) – intensiv lesen.

Value-free Social Science? Old and New Contributions to the “Werturteilsstreit” (in German)

Der Werturteilsstreit widmet sich grundsätzlich der Frage, inwiefern Wissenschaften wertfrei vorgehen müssen oder dies gerade nicht können – und was unter “wertfrei” genau zu verstehen ist. Schon in der Kontroverse zwischen Max Weber und Gustav Schmoller geht es nicht nur darum, ob und wie Wissenschaftler_innen als Wissenschaftler_innen normative Urteile vorbringen dürfen, sondern auch darum, welche Vorstellung wir uns von wissenschaftlichen Praktiken machen, um diese Frage zu beantworten.

What are Social Practices? (in German)

Spätestens seitdem 2001 der “practice turn” ausgerufen wurde, sind Begriffe wie soziale Praktiken, Praxistheorie oder Praxeologie in aller Munde. Doch was genau sind soziale Praktiken? Welche bestehenden Probleme löst die Konzentration auf soziale Praktiken – und welche neuen Probleme stellen sich einer Praxistheorie, die als Sozialtheorie antritt?

Video of My Talk “Radikal emanzipatorisch. Vernunftkritik als kritische Theorie”

Video of My Talk “Radikal emanzipatorisch. Vernunftkritik als kritische Theorie”

If you have missed my talk “Radikal emanzipatorisch. Vernunftkritik als kritische Theorie” from the lecture series “100 Jahre Soziologie an der Goethe-Universität”, you can now watch it online in a video.

Radikal emanzipatorisch. Vernunftkritik als kritische Theorie

Radikal emanzipatorisch. Vernunftkritik als kritische Theorie

Basiert auf der Veranstaltung “Vernunftkritik in der kritischen Theorie”.

One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back: Critical Theory’s Progress

Amy Allen’s book The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory returns us to the core of the …

Article in *WestEnd* 2/2019

Article in WestEnd 2/2019

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”.

Fighting with Untruth. Why a Critique of Reason Remains Necessary [in German]

Fighting with Untruth. Why a Critique of Reason Remains Necessary [in German]

The role played by the diagnosis of an “era of post-truth” in political, scientific and medial struggles necessitates a critique of reason.

Transparency’s Trap: Problems of an Unquestioned Norm

Transparency’s Trap: Problems of an Unquestioned Norm

The chapter analyses demands for transparency as a specific way of exercising power.

Prefigurative Emancipation: The Effective Knowledge of Foucault's Critique

Prefigurative Emancipation: The Effective Knowledge of Foucault’s Critique

The task of diagnosing the present explains how Foucault’s critique functions as a philosophical practice, and by making explicit in which ways it emancipates us, it gives us reasons why we might be interested in doing critique like that.

Non-Sovereign Epistemology and the Practice of Doing Critique: In Defense of Radical Critiques of Reason

A defense of radical critiques of reason against the champions of “post-critical” thinking and the decriers of “post-truth”.

Interview with Jan Groos of  *Future Histories*

Interview with Jan Groos of Future Histories

Jan Groos has a podcast “for expanding our ideas of te future,” appropriately named Future Histories. In the last episode, I was invited to speak about my project alternative governmentalities. However, I would also recommand listening to all the other interesting episodes!

Should Critique be Tamed by Realism? A Defense of Radical Critiques of Reason

Should Critique be Tamed by Realism? A Defense of Radical Critiques of Reason

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.

Marcuse versus Habermas: Critical Theory, Left Politics and Technological Rationality [in German]

In diesem Seminar soll eine besondere Episode Kritischer Theorie ideengeschichtlich und systematisch untersucht werden: Der Zusammenhang von Theorie und Praxis in den 1960/70er Jahren, wie er sich in den Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Herbert Marcuse und Jürgen Habermas darstellt.

New article in *Philosophy & Social Criticism*

New article in Philosophy & Social Criticism

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.

The Critique of Reason in Critical Theories [in German]

“Vernunftkritik” klingt heute altmodisch, nach einer abgelegten Debatte aus den 1980er Jahren. Doch sind die Fragen, die in der eher unglückselig verlaufenden sogenannten “Foucault-Habermas-Debatte” gestellt wurden, nie wirklich abgegolten worden. Im Seminar werden wir daher die Rolle von Vernunftkritik in der ganzen Bandbreite der Kritischen Theorie – von Theodor W.

What is (not) Critique? [in German]

Das Seminar widmet sich der Debatte um den Kritikbegriff – einer für die Kritische Theorie zweifelsohne zentralen Auseinandersetzung, geht es doch um nicht weniger als die Vorgehensweise, ihre Rechtfertigung und damit letztlich um die Gestalt Kritischer Theorie.

Conference “Philosophie, Kritik, Geschichte: Foucaults historisch-philosophische Praxis in den Vorlesungen” [in German]

Conference “Philosophie, Kritik, Geschichte: Foucaults historisch-philosophische Praxis in den Vorlesungen” [in German]

Im Workshop sollen anhand von Foucaults Vorlesungen seine methodologischen Vorschläge diskutiert werden, zu einer anderen Form philosophischer und historischer Forschung zu gelangen.

Gegen Responsibilisierung. Über die Herrschaft von Begriffen

Die Responsibilisierung unseres Denkens führt zur Herrschaft eines bestimmten Gebrauchs von “Verantwortung”, der unsere Denk-, Handlungs-, und Seinsweisen bestimmt.

A new edited Volume: *Gegenwartsdiagnosen*

A new edited Volume: Gegenwartsdiagnosen

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…

Neither Scientific, nor Philosophical, nor Critical? The Knowledge in Diagnoses of Our Times as Seen by Their Critics [in German]

Neither Scientific, nor Philosophical, nor Critical? The Knowledge in Diagnoses of Our Times as Seen by Their Critics [in German]

The chapter describes the specific knowledge articulated in diagnoses of our times by looking at the critique of such diagnoses voiced in sociology and philosophy.

Not To Be Governed Like That? Autonomy as Impasse of Political Imagination

Not To Be Governed Like That? Autonomy as Impasse of Political Imagination

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.

Truth as Force: Effective Knowledge

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

To Be Governed Without Fear: Does “Autonomy” Obstruct Our Political Imagination?

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?

“Postfaktisch ist die falsche Diagnose”

“Postfaktisch ist die falsche Diagnose”

Frieder Vogelmann, interviewed by Catherine Newmark

Interview on the Mistaken Diagnosis “Post-Truth”

Interview on the Mistaken Diagnosis “Post-Truth”

There is a short interview with me published in the [special issue of the Philosophie Magazin devoted to Michel Foucault] (https://www.philomag.de/archives/12-philosophie-magazin-sonderausgabe-2019). With Catherine Newmark, I discuss the popular but wrong idea that Foucault or the heterogenous group of “postmodern” thinkers are characterized by contempt for truth or even for the often diagnosed surge in untruth in politics today.

Conference “Philosophie, Kritik, Geschichte” in Frankfurt, 30/31 July 2019 [in German]

Conference “Philosophie, Kritik, Geschichte” in Frankfurt, 30/31 July 2019 [in German]

Zusammen mit Martin Saar organisiere ich einen Workshop zu Foucaults historisch-philosophischer Praxis, die exemplarisch in seinen 13 Vorlesungen am Collège de France sichtbar wird. Der volle Titel lautet: “Philosophie, Kritik, Geschichte: Foucaults historisch-philosophische Praxis in den Vorlesungen”.

Roundtable “Herausforderungen und Perspektiven der Lehre Politischer Theorie und Ideengeschichte”

Der Roundtable ist Teil des Workshops “Hochschullehre in der Politischen Theorie und Ideengeschichte: Selbstverständnis, Praxis, Perspektiven”, organisiert von Andreas Busen, Dannica Fleuß und Alexander Weiß mit Unterstützung des Arbeitskreises Hochschullehre der DVPW.

Ohnmacht und Intensivierung. Zur Logik des Verantwortungsbegriffs in Lohnarbeit und Arbeitslosigkeit

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.

“Ideology” in critial theory

Ideologie ist ein so zentraler wie kontrovers diskutierter Grundbegriff kritischer Theorien; ja, insofern diese sich oft als wesentlich ideologiekritische Praxis verstehen, lässt sich am Leitfa-den des Ideologiebegriffs und der Konzeptionen von Ideologiebegriff etwas über die Ent-wicklung kritischer Theorien insgesamt lernen.

Colloquium for Critical Social Theory

More information coming soon.

Max Horkheimers Eclipse of Reason

“Selbstauflösung der Vernunft als geistiger Substanz beruht auf innerer Notwendigkeit. Theorie heute hat den Prozeß, die gesellschaftlich bedingte Tendenz zum Neopositivismus, zur lnstrumentalisierung des Gedankens, sowie die vergeblichen Rettungsversuche zu reflektieren und auszusprechen.

Politics, History, Philosophy. Michel Foucault’s Historical-Philosophical Research Practice

Michel Foucault ist unstrittig einer der wichtigsten Denker des 20. Jahrhunderts – und zugleich einer der umstrittensten. Seine Texte haben Einfluss über alle Fächergrenzen hinweg auf ganz unterschiedliche Disziplinen gehabt, gelten allerdings als schwer verständlich und voller Brüche in seinen Begrifflichkeiten, Methoden und Themen.

Kritik als Emanzipation. Zur Produktion sperrigen Wissens

Kritik als Emanzipation. Zur Produktion sperrigen Wissens

Discourse analysis is critical, I argue, if it produces “unwieldy knowledge”.

Schlechte Nachrichten gehen gut. Review of Romy Jaster und David Lanius (2019): Die Wahrheit schafft sich ab. Wie Fake News Politik machen

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

The answer should not be “there is no truth”. Frieder Vogelmann on politics, truth und sciene (in German)

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

BEHEMOTH - A Journal on Civilisation

BEHEMOTH - A Journal on Civilisation

The journal Behemoth publishes semi-annually research articles on contingent and sometimes precarious regimes of (dis)order.

Interview on Politics and Truth

The journal diskurs just published an interview with me by Clelia Minnetian and Janosik Herder. It is mostly about the relationship between politics and truth and what that means for post-structuralist social sciences.

New Article “The Problem of Post-Truth” in *Behemoth*

New Article “The Problem of Post-Truth” in Behemoth

My essay “The Problem of Post-Truth” has just been published in Behemoth. A Journal on Civilisation. I argue that the diagnosis of a “post-truth era” is wrong and dangerous. Yet its popularity attests to the fact, that the diagnosis strikes a nerve. So what is that problem that gives rise to the wrong diagnosis of a “post-truth era” yet is not correctly understood by the diagnosis?

The Problem of Post-Truth. Rethinking the Relationship between Truth and Politics

The Problem of Post-Truth. Rethinking the Relationship between Truth and Politics

“Post-truth” is a failed concept, both epistemically and politically because its simplification of the relationship between truth and politics cripples our understanding and encourages authoritarianism.

Video of my talk “Fighting with Untruth. The Actuality of a Critique of Reason” [in German]

Video of my talk “Fighting with Untruth. The Actuality of a Critique of Reason” [in German]

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 “Frankfurter Positionen 2018/19” which you can finde on the

Weder Spar- noch Homogenisierungsprogramm: Politik für und nach der Personalstrukturreform

Remarks on the position paper “Nachhaltigen Nachwuchsförderung” by DGPhil and GAP.

Entsolidarisierung als Programm

Entsolidarisierung als Programm

In the new issue on “crime” of metamorphosen, you will find a short polemical piece against crime fiction. Why? The short answer is that the genre intends to prevent solidarity with criminals and their crimes.

Preventing Solidarity. A Polemic [in German]

Preventing Solidarity. A Polemic [in German]

Crime fiction novels are anti-emancipatory, or shorter and more brutal: they are politically right-winged.

Talks November 2018

My next talks in November 2018.

Free Speech: Reasons and Limitations of the Right to Free Speech

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” (Salman Rushdie) The right to free speech is one of the classic liberal rights. We are used to hearing it defended as such in the public.

Lies, only Lies?! Bullshit, Propaganda and Ideology

“Post-truth,” voted as the word of the year 2016 both in English and German, has become a popular concept, although the exact meaning of the diagnosis of our times as a “post-truth era” remains somewhat elusive.

A Common Stature of Critique? On Foucault, Horkheimer and Adorno

A Common Stature of Critique? On Foucault, Horkheimer and Adorno

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, a monumental three-volume set edited by Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld and Chris O’Kane, has just appeared – containing my chapter on common features of the ‘stature’ of Foucault’s, Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s model of critique.

Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis

Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis

I argue that the reasons both for the way ‘biopolitics’ stirred Foucault’s readers and for his subsequent abandonment are to be found in the relation between Foucault’s model of critique and the role ‘biopolitics’ plays in it: it names the counter-truths derived from Foucault’s critical diagnosis of the dispositif of sexuality

Reviewing Books (in German)

Reviewing Books (in German)

We, the editors of the Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur, have written a short article for the blog praefaktisch. In it, we report about the aims, obstacles and joy of running an open-access online journal.

Review of Mark G. E. Kelly (2018): *For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory*

Review of Mark G. E. Kelly (2018): For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory

Review of Mark G. E. Kelly: For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory. State University of New York Press, 2018. 202 pages, …

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Talks June-September 2018

My next talks from June to September 2018.

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Marx

Karl Marx certainly is one of the most influential political theorists of all times. Yet this is already subject to debate, for is Marx really a political theorist? Is he not, first and foremost, an economist, a philosopher—or a revolutionary?

Tutorial for the Introduction to Political Theory

This is a tutorial for the lecture “Introduction to political Theory” by Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff.

CfP: Democracy and Truth

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.

Against Responsiility

Against Responsiility

I have writen a small teaser for my book The Spell of Responsibility on the RLI blog. Read it on https://www.rowmaninternational.com/blog/against-responsibility.

Food for Thought in *Journal für politische Bildung*

Food for Thought in Journal für politische Bildung

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.

The Politics of Truth and Practices of Critique

The Politics of Truth and Practices of Critique

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”.

Demokratische Wahrheit statt postfaktischer Politik

Demokratische Wahrheit statt postfaktischer Politik

Speaking of an “era of post-truth” is popular but wrong.

Vom Nutzen und Nachteil der Moralphilosophie in der Politischen Theorie

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.

The Spell of Responsibility

The Spell of Responsibility

Still searching for a last minute present? Look no further: Daniel Steuer’s translation of my dissertation Im Bann der Verantwortung has arrived! Significantly shortend and revised, it has just been published as volume two in the series Essex Studies in Critical Theory.

The Spell of Responsibility. Labor, Criminality, Philosophy (translation of *Im Bann der Verantwortung*)

The Spell of Responsibility. Labor, Criminality, Philosophy (translation of Im Bann der Verantwortung)

What is the significance of the fact that ‘responsibility’ now plays such a central role in, for example, work, the welfare state, or the criminal justice system? What happens when individuals are generally expected to think of themselves as ‘responsible’ agents? And what are the consequences of the fact that the philosophical analysis of ‘responsibility’ focuses almost exclusively on conditions of agency that are mostly absent from real life?

Souveräne schaffen und beschränken. Vorarbeiten zu einer Genealogie politischer Verantwortung

Souveräne schaffen und beschränken. Vorarbeiten zu einer Genealogie politischer Verantwortung

The article traces genesis and changes of the concept of political responsibility in the practices in which it is used

Alone On Top (Einsame Spitze)

Paul Munzinger writes very interestingly about the extreme hierarchies at German universities in Süddeutsche Zeitung. And: The Bremen initiative in the political science institute is mentioned! For more on our perspective, see the text by Angelika Schenk, Arndt Wonka and myselfe: Jenseits der Infantilisierung.

Upcoming Talks in November/December 2017

My next talks in November/December 2017.

Feminist Political Theory

Feminist political philosophy does have its favourite topics – including, but not limited to, gender justice, the politicization of the seemingly private or the debates on pornography or abortion, among others.

The Critique of Democracy

Democracy and critique belong together—at least this is the working hypothesis of this seminar. In the course of the 14 weeks, we will analyse the relation between democracy and critique from its two sides: On the one hand, we will read and discuss different forms of contemporary, as well as historically influential, critique directed against democracy.

Beyond Infantilization - Symposium [in German]

[As this is a political discussion about the intricacies of the institutional set-up of German Universities and how to improve the so-called Mittelbau, I have not translated the text. Anyone interested in these details is probably able to read German anyway.]

Der unter_bau hat mich eingeladen, über die politische Initiative zur Umwandlung des Mittelbaus in (tenure-track Junior-)Professuren am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Bremen zu diskutieren. Die Argumente für diesen Weg in Richtung eines Department-Modells - statt der Verdauerung von Mittelbau-Stellen - haben Angelika Schenk, Arndt Wonka und ich in Jenseits der Infantilisierung skizziert.

The Birth of Austerity. German Ordoliberalism and Contemporary Neoliberalism

The Birth of Austerity. German Ordoliberalism and Contemporary Neoliberalism

This volume gathers together English translations of seminal ordoliberal texts as well as analyses of contemporary issues in light of ordoliberal thought.

New Article in *Distinktion*

New Article in Distinktion

Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory just published my article on Foucault’s critique.

Critique as a Practice of Prefigurative Emancipation

Critique as a Practice of Prefigurative Emancipation

Interpretations of Foucault’s critique have not payed full attention to all three of Foucault’s methodological imperatives which he calls nihilism, nominalism and historicism. The article offers such a reading of Foucault’s critique.

Out now: Special Issue of *Foucault Studies* on Discipline and Punish Today

Out now: Special Issue of Foucault Studies on Discipline and Punish Today

All conferences yearn to become published - and ours is no different: From the conference “Überwachen und Strafen heute” that I organized together with Jörg Bernardy at the University of Bremen in 2015, a small selection of articles has now been published in the journal Foucault Studies.

Discipline and Punish Today

Discipline and Punish Today

The articles in this special issue of Foucault Studies originate from the conference “Überwachen und Strafen heute”, held in November 2015 at the University of Bremen, Germany. An account of the conference (in German) can be found on the website Soziopolis.

Introduction: 40 Years after Discipline and Punish

Introduction: 40 Years after Discipline and Punish

This introduction diagnoses two tendencies among Foucaultian scholars with regard to Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish.

Upcoming Talks, September 2017

The next talks I will give are scheduled for September 2017.

Was leistet die Begriffsanalyse? Stellungnahmen von Gottfried Gabriel, Joachim Horvath, Christoph Schamberger und Frieder Vogelmann

Was leistet die Begriffsanalyse? Stellungnahmen von Gottfried Gabriel, Joachim Horvath, Christoph Schamberger und Frieder Vogelmann

Was leistet die philosophische Begriffsanalyse? Inwiefern ist dies ein Beitrag zur Erkenntnis der Welt? Ist sie das zentrale Werkzeug der Philosophie? Wo liegen ihre Grenzen?

Jenseits der Infantilisierung. Plädoyer für einen Personalstrukturwandel an deutschen Universitäten

Jenseits der Infantilisierung. Plädoyer für einen Personalstrukturwandel an deutschen Universitäten

How can we change the miserable situation of “young” researchers at German universities - and in what way?

The Birth of Austerity

The Birth of Austerity

Together with Thomas Biebricher I have put together a rather special edited volume: The Birth of Austerity. German Ordoliberalism and Contemporary Neoliberalism provides key texts from core thinkers of ordoliberalism, some of them translated into English for the first time, and features four original analyses that show why ordoliberalism is back on the agenda for critics and defenders alike.

The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction. Foucault’s Analysis of Sexuality, Biopolitics and Racism

Michel Foucault’s first volume of his project of a “history of sexuality” is a modern classic. In it, Foucault systematizes and further develops the concept of power he has been working on since the beginning of the 1970s.

Stichworte zur politischen Situation der Zeit. Ein kritischer Sammelband thematisiert “Die große Regression”

Stichworte zur politischen Situation der Zeit. Ein kritischer Sammelband thematisiert “Die große Regression”

Suhrkamp publishes today a collection of essays called “Die große Regression. Eine internationale Debatte zur geistigen Situation der Zeit” which will be published in several countries more or less simulteaneously. My review of some of the political diagnoses presented in the volume is now online: https://www.

Measuring, Disrupting, Emancipating: Three Pictures of Critique

Measuring, Disrupting, Emancipating: Three Pictures of Critique

After distinguishing three pictures of the activity of critique – measuring, disrupting and emancipating critique – I discuss the theoretical activities these pictures commit critical theorists to.

Upcoming Talks, January/February 2017

The next three talks I will give in January and February 2017.

“Post-Truth”: The Authoritarian Temptation (in German)

Why “post-truth” is the wrong concept, analytically and politically.

Post-Truth: The Authoritarian Temptation

Just before the end of this year, I wrote a small essay - an interjection, really - on the concept “post-truth” and its German counterpart “postfaktisch”. Both have been voted as the “word of the year 2016”, and both favour a diagnosis of the present that is as unhistorica as it is politically misleading.

French Political Theory II

This seminar is the second part of an introduction to French political philosophy since 1945. Having focused on Existentialism (mostly on Sartre, Camus and Beauvoir) as well as Structuralism (mostly on Althusser and Barthes) in the previous semester, this semester will revolve around Post-Structuralism widely understood (especially Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida).

Modern Social Theory

The purpose of the course is to discuss key questions of modern social theory by studying classic and contemporary texts that have shaped the current debate. On the basis of these texts, we will elaborate central concepts for the analysis and evaluation of modern societies.

Foucault lesen

Foucault lesen

A systematic and philosophical reading of Foucault.

New Website

This website complements my website at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS). It was created with Hugo and the (somewhat modified) Hugo Academic Theme.

French Political Theory I

This seminar is the first part of an introduction to French political philosophy since 1945. It has three aims: Firstly, we want to get an overview of the rapid development in French political philosophy.

To be Governed without Fear. Anarchic Answers to Liberal Questions

In 1976, Michel Foucault closes a depressing interview about prisons in the USSR with his diagnosis that actually existing socialism had never invented its own governmental rationality (and neither had Marxism as a whole).

Drei Gefahren philosophischer Begriffsanalysen von Verantwortung

Drei Gefahren philosophischer Begriffsanalysen von Verantwortung

A framework for writing the history of “responsibility” in philosophy.

Liberale Subjekte. Eine affirmative Streitschrift

Liberale Subjekte. Eine affirmative Streitschrift

Der Beitrag untersucht das von liberalen Theorien produzierte Wissen. Er folgt dazu drei Selbstbeschreibungen des politischen …

Politische Theorie in der Krise

Politische Theorie in der Krise

Is political theory’s irritating silence regarding today’s crises a result of a political liberalism that turns political …

Schwerpunkt: Verantwortung -- ein umkämpfter Begriff

Schwerpunkt: Verantwortung – ein umkämpfter Begriff

Der Schwerpunkt Verantwortung – ein umkämpfter Begriff versammelt vier Beiträge zum Vorantwortungsbegriff von Nicola Lacey, Julia Eckert, Eva Buddeberg und Frieder Vogelmann.

Der kleine Unterschied. Zu den Selbstverhältnissen von Verantwortung und Pflicht

Der kleine Unterschied. Zu den Selbstverhältnissen von Verantwortung und Pflicht

Die Debatte um die Differenz von “Verantwortung” und “Pflicht” ist kein bloßer Streit um Wörter, geht es doch um Begriffe, für die der …

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing in Political Science

Dieses Seminar, unterstützt durch ein Tutorium, verfolgt das Ziel, Sie in die Grundlagen politikwissenschaftlichen Arbeitens und der politikwissenschaftlichen Forschungslogik einzuführen. Dabei geht es darum, Ihnen das elementare Rüst- oder Handwerkszeugs zu vermitteln, das Sie in die Lage versetzt, künftig selbständig zu arbeiten und zu forschen.

Plato’s Politeia in Political Theory

Plato’s Politeia is one of the most fundamental texts for political philosophy, and modern political theory still struggles with it. Hence, interpretations abound: On the one hand, Plato has been and is criticized for being a totalitarian thinker or for being anti-democratic because politics in his view should be ruled by philosophy.

Sokrates in Missouri

Sokrates in Missouri

This article belongs to Axel Honneth’s special issue “Stoner - Ambivalenzen einer Sozialfigur”.

Political Knowledge

Political knowledge might mean very different things: knowledge that is politically dangerous (e.g. because it might damage a rival’s chances in an election campaign), or knowledge that is politically contested (how to do a census, how the poverty report should be published, what records are handed over to an inquiry commission).

Tutorial for the Introduction to Political Theory

This is a tutorial for the lecture “Introduction to political Theory” by Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff.

Alternative Govern&shy;mentalities

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?

Concepts of Critique

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?

Die Normalisierung von Ein&shy;kommen&shy;steuern. Eine Analyse der Ein&shy;führung der Reichs&shy;ein&shy;kommen&shy;steuer 1919/1920

Die Normalisierung von Ein­kommen­steuern. Eine Analyse der Ein­führung der Reichs­ein­kommen­steuer 1919/1920

The power of the modern state becomes manifest particularly in its capability to produce subjectivities of citizen. One obvious but little researched means of state subjectivation is taxation.

Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur

Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur

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

The Circle of Criminal Responsibility. Juridicism in Klaus Günther’s Discourse Theory of Law

Klaus Günther’s discourse theory of law links the concept of criminal responsibility with the legitimacy of democratic law. Because …

Im Bann der Verantwortung

Im Bann der Verantwortung

Most people would agree that we should behave and act in a responsible way. Yet only 200 years ago, ‘responsibility’ was only of …

Democracy and Anarchy. Ungovernableness in Self-Government

If democracy is not simply the name of a institutional type of government, but an endless insurgent against the state (Abensour), the true name of politics as a disruption (Rancière) or an event to which one decides to be faithful (Badiou), then we can speak of an anarchic element within democracy.

Theories of Power

Power is a fundamental concept of political science – but what is “power”? From the beginning of political thought, power has been repeatedly reconceptualized and has been subject to a long, complex and on-going debate.

Habermas, die Demokratie, die Ökonomie

Die folgenden Überlegungen fragen, ob Habermas über die begrifflichen Ressourcen verfügt, nicht nur die politischen Grundlagen der …

Kraft, Widerständigkeit, Historizität. Überlegungen zu einer Genealogie der Wahrheit

Does truth have a history? Whereas Bernard William denies it and only allows a history of truthfulness, I defend the possibility of a …

Philosophie & Kritik. Beiträge zur politischen Philosophie und Kritischen Theorie

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.

Jürgen Habermas as Political Theorist

Within Jürgen Habermas’ philosophical work, political philosophy is of central importance. Habermas has, however, always reworked both his theoretical fundaments and the answers they provide to questions concerning the rule of law in a democratic state, the connecting between capitalism and democracy or politics beyond the nation-state.

Methods of Political Theory

What does Political Theory do—and how? The question shows the difficulty in talking of “methods” in Political Theory, for it already seems hard to name the objects it studies. Because the objects and the methods used to analyze them are internally related, the seminar will have to take up both questions: what methods Political Theory uses and what Political Theory is.

Readings on Power

An overview of the debates about the concept of power.

Die Zukunft Europas zwischen Demokratie und Kapitalismus

The European Union’s ongoing “crisis” has forcefully turned attention to the problematic relation between democracy and capitalism. We …

Intensivieren, umordnen, explizieren. Verantwortung im philosophischen Diskurs

Die philosophischen Reflexionen zu “Verantwortung” erfolgten in den 1980er Jahren an drei Brennpunkten und lassen sich als …

Michel Foucault's Philosophy

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’.

Democracy and Truth

The relationship between truth and democracy has always been a troubled one: On the one hand, democracy seems to ignore what is true, since democracy is the rule not of truth but of majority.

John Rawls’ Justice as Fairness

The revival of political philosophy in the 20th century is to no small extended due to the work of John Rawls. Published in 1971, A Theory of Justice first offered a conception of justice as fairness that Rawls later works – Political Liberalism (1993) and The Law of Peoples (1999) – further developed, refined and generalized to the international sphere.

Political Responsibility. On the Development of a Concept

In a spectacularly short time, the concept of responsibility has risen from obscurity to prominence: Coined as a political concept in the debates surrounding the democratic revolutions in America and France, it was used to rethink the relation between the government and the people or the government and the parliament.

What is Feminist Political Philosophy?

Feminist political philosophy does have its favourite topics – which include gender justice, the politicization of the seemingly private or the debates on pornography or abortion, among others. But the feminist political philosophy cannot be defined by these topics, for it aims at a different kind of political philosophy by incorporating questions concerning the oppression of women because of their gender into its methods of inquiry.

Eine erfundene Krankheit? Zur Politik der Nichtexistenz

Eine erfundene Krankheit? Zur Politik der Nichtexistenz

Vielleicht sind wir uns bereits dort zu sicher, wo wir noch zweifeln. Vielleicht wurde Burnout ja vorschnell zur “Volkskrankheit” …

Responsibility

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?

Verantwortung als Subjektivierung. Zur Genealogie einer Selbstverständlichkeit

Verantwortung als Subjektivierung. Zur Genealogie einer Selbstverständlichkeit

Die Behauptung, dass Verantwortung eine Subjektform sowie die Technik zu ihrer Herstellung bezeichnet, wird kaum Erstaunen auslösen. …

Capitalism and Democracy: Histories of a Troubled Relationship

The relationship between capitalism and democracy is a fragile one, even before the current crisis in Europe that so forcefully reminded many of that fact. While Chancellor Merkel is confident that “we’ll find ways to redesign the Parliament to make it conform to markets” (Press conference September 1st, 2011), thus trying to resolve the relationship so as to establish a market-conform democracy, others – like Attac – insist that it is time to unleash democracy instead of markets.

Michel Foucault’s Political Philosophy

Michel Foucault is without doubt one of the most influential thinkers in the 20th century whose writings have been read and reread to further political analyses. But do they amount to a political philosophy?

Foucaults parrhesia -- Philosophie als Politik der Wahrheit

Foucaults parrhesia – Philosophie als Politik der Wahrheit

In seinen letzten beiden Vorlesungen untersucht Foucault anhand der historischen Praxis des freimütigen Sprechens auch seine eigenen …

Foucaults Praktiken

The article explains the conceptual conditions that Focuault’s notion of practices must meet and considers the methodological implications.

Governmentality and State Theory: Reinventing the Reinvented Wheel?

What constitutes the originality of governmentality as a state analytical framework? We argue that it is the specific kind of ‘unwieldy knowledge’ it produces.

Neosocial Market Economy

Although the governmentality literature has occasionally acknowledged the importance of the concept of a liberal truth-regime, there …

Die Falle der Transparenz. Zur Problematik einer fraglosen Norm

A critical examination of the power that demands for transparency exert

Die Ich-GmbH. Alternativen zum stahlharten Gehäuse der Verantwortung

2002 wurde die “Ich-AG” zum Unwort des Jahres gewählt, doch ihre Bedeutung geht weit darüber hinaus. Sie ist der Schlüsselbegriff der …

The Genealogy of Normativity

The Genealogy of Normativity

In this research project, I aim to write a genealogy of “normativity,” this “chief term” of philosophy.

The Roots of Political Epistemology

The Roots of Political Epistemology

In this research project, I analyze theoretical advances towards a general political epistemology in different fields: philosophy of science, critical theory, feminist epistemology, French poststructuralism, analytic epistemology and postcolonial theory.

The Effectiveness of Knowledge. A Political Epistemology

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