critical theory

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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

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

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?

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’.