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“Only the clown calls the circus into question”
– Heiner Müller –

“Those who do not move, do not feel their chains”
– Rosa Luxemburg –

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.

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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 theory of society). 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). My academia.edu profile can be found here.

I served between 2016 and 2019 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 published by Lexington Books (first volumes forthcoming 2020).

Recent Books

The Art of Gerhard Richter. Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning, London: Bloomsbury Press 2015 (paperback edition, 2017)

The Capitalist Schema. Time, Money, and the Culture of Abstraction, Lanham: Lexington Books 2014 (paperback edition, 2016)

Christian Lotz zu Karl Marx: das Maschinenfragment, Marxist Pocket Books 5, Hamburg: Laika Verlag 2014 [excerpts in Junge Welt, 10/8/2014]

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Recent Articles & Chapters

“Marxist Aesthetics, Realism, and Photography. On Brecht’s War Primer.” in Capital in the Mirror:  Critical Social Theory and the Aesthetic Dimension, ed. Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell, New York: SUNY Press 2020, 63-89.

“Gewissen und Widerstand,” in Vernunft und Leben aus transzendentaler Perspektive. Festschrift für Albert Mues zum 80. Geburtstag, ed. Leonhard Möckl, Michael Gerten, Matthias Scherbaum, Würzburg: Königshausen&Neumann 2019, 283-293.

“Culture Industry,” Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, volume II, ed. Best, Beverly; Bonefeld, Werner; O’Kane, Chris; Larsen, Neil, London: Sage 2018, 973-987.

“Post-Marxism,” Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, volume III, ed. Best, Beverly; Bonefeld, Werner; O’Kane, Chris; Larsen, Neil, London: Sage 2018, 1332-1347.

“Sensuality, Materiality, Painting. What is Wrong with Jaspers’ and Heidegger’s van Gogh Interpretations?,” Van Gogh among the Philosophers: Painting, Thinking, Being, ed. David Nichols, Lanham: Lexington Books 2018, 81-97.

“Alienation, Private Property, and Democracy. Why Worrell and Krier Raise Questions in the Clouds.,” Critical Sociology, 2018, Vol. 44(2), 267-274.

“Gegenständlichkeit. From Marx to Lukacs and Back Again,” Theory and Practice: Critical Theory and the Thought of Andrew Feenberg, ed. Darrell Arnold and Michel, Andreas, London: Palgrave 2017, 71-89.

“Fiction without Fantasy. Capital Fetishism as Objective Forgetting,” Continental Thought & Theory, 2, 2017, 364-382.

“Luther’s influence on Heidegger,“ Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, ed. Mark A. Lamport and George Thomas Kurian, London: Rowman&Littlefield 2017, 320-323.

Recent Reviews

“Lukács is Dead. Long live Lukács.” Review of Richard Westerman: Lukacs’s Phenomenology of Capitalism and Konstantinos Kavoulakos: Georg Lukács’s Philosophy of Praxis. From Neo-Kantianism to Marxism,” Radical Philosophy Review, 22/2, 2019, 295–301.

Review of “Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi, Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory,” Marx&Philosophy Review of Books, November 21, 2018.

Review of „Heide Gerstenberger: Markt und Gewalt. Die Funktionsweise des historischen Kapitalismus,“ Marx&Philosophy Review of Books, July 31, 2018.

Review of “William Claire Roberts: Marx’s Inferno. The Political Theory of Capital,” Contemporary Political Theory, Supplement 3, 17/8, 2018, 139-142.

Review of “Lambert Zuidervaart: Truth in Husserl, Heidegger, and the Frankfurt School,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 56:2, 2018, 379-380.

Publications in Press

“Ultima Ratio Decisions and Absolute Interiority. From Hegel to Bonhoeffer,” in Interiority in Phenomenology, ed. Antonio Calcagno and Elodie Boublil

“Categorial Forms as Intelligibility of Social Objects. Reification and Objectivity in Lukács,” in Confronting Reification: The Revitalization of a Concept in Late Capitalism, ed. Gregory Zucker, Leiden: Brill/Chicago: Haymarket Books.

“Movement or Event? Negri vs. Badiou on Politics,” in Open Borders: Encounters Between Italian Philosophy and Continental Thought, ed. Antonio Calcagno and Silvia Benso, Albany: SUNY Press 2021.