I specialize in post-Kantian European philosophy (primarily the German tradition). I am especially interested in political, social, cultural, and aesthetic issues. My areas of competence include ethics, philosophy of biology, and Kant.

My current research centers on the history of the “philosophy of life” (Lebensphilosophie): from its first systematic formulations in Schopenhauer and Schlegel, through its main forms in the late nineteenth century (Nietzsche, Dilthey and Simmel) and in the Weimar Republic, all the way to its entanglement with National Socialism. My research project has two foci: 1) I examine the contribution of philosophy of…

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