“Nur der Clown stellt den Zirkus in Frage
Only the clown calls the circus into question”
– Heiner Müller –
I am Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, working in Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy. My special interests are in Philosophical Anthropology and Phenomenology, Existentialism, German Idealism, Marx(ism), Critical Theory, (Post)Marxism, and Continental Aesthetics/Philosophy of Culture. This website features general information and links to articles, chapters, reviews, and media contributions.
My current work focuses on philosophical and theoretical aspects of social theory and political economy. In this vein, I am currently concerned with a phenomenological understanding of Marx’s concept of value form (i.e., I do not understand his theory as a “labor theory of value” – a term that Marx never used). In addition, I am interested in the concept of “critical realism” in aesthetics, in philosophical anthropology, as well as in the concept of the political in recent European political philosophy. More details can be found in “About”. Almost all of my publications can be downloaded via “Articles” (check the menu on top of this page).
I am serving as a member-at-large on the executive board of SPEP and edit with Antonio Calcagno the Continental Philosophy and the History of Thought series (Lexington Books, forthcoming).