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    Recognition and Ambivalence: Judith Butler, Axel Honneth, and Beyond (edited book)
    with Heikki Ikäheimo and Kristina Lepold
    Columbia University Press. forthcoming.
    Recognition is one of the most debated concepts in contemporary social and political thought. Its proponents, such as Axel Honneth, hold that to be recognized by others is a basic human need that is central to forming an identity, and the denial of recognition deprives individuals and communities of something essential for their flourishing. Yet critics including Judith Butler have questioned whether recognition is implicated in structures of domination, arguing that the desire to be recognized …Read more
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    Privatheitsrechte und politische Öffentlichkeit
    In Hauke Behrendt, Wulf Loh, Matzner Tobias & Catrin Misselhorn (eds.), Privatsphäre 4.0: Eine Neuverortung des Privaten Im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung, Metzler. pp. 123-139. 2019.
    Der Zusammenhang zwischen dem Recht auf Privatheit und dem Recht auf demokratische Selbstbestimmung wird oft so verstanden, dass Privatheitsrechte lediglich instrumentellen Wert für demokratische Partizipation haben und alleine in der Möglichkeit bestehen, sich von der Teilnahme an der Öffentlichkeit zurückzuziehen. Ich stelle in meinem Beitrag drei Argumente dafür vor, dass ein engerer, interner Zusammenhang zwischen beiden Rechten besteht: Das Recht auf Privatsphäre schützt politische Öffentli…Read more
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    Privacy in Public: A Democratic Defense
    Moral Philosophy and Politics 7 (1): 73-96. 2020.
    Traditional arguments for privacy in public suggest that intentionally public activities, such as political speech, do not deserve privacy protection. In this article, I develop a new argument for the view that surveillance of intentionally public activities should be limited to protect the specific good that this context provides, namely democratic legitimacy. Combining insights from Helen Nissenbaum’s contextualism and Jürgen Habermas’s theory of the public sphere, I argue that strategic surve…Read more
  •  1
    Debating Critical Theory: Engagements with Axel Honneth (edited book)
    with Julia Christ, Kristina Lepold, and Daniel Loick
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2020.
    Bringing together leading scholars in contemporary social and political philosophy, this volume takes up the central themes of Axel Honneth’s work as a starting point for debating the present and future of critical theory, as a form of socially grounded philosophy for analyzing and critiquing society today.
  • The Moral Psychology of Hope: An Introduction
    In Claudia Blöser & Titus Stahl (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Hope, Rowman and Littlefield International. pp. 1-12. 2019.
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    Political Hope and Cooperative Community
    In Claudia Blöser & Titus Stahl (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Hope, Rowman & Littlefield International. pp. 265-284. 2019.
    This chapter pursues three aims: First, I propose three different roles that hope can play in political philosophy - one instrumental, one constitutive, and the other justificatory. I then examine three major approaches to political hope, exemplified by Bloch, Rorty, and contemporary liberal authors in order to distinguish three approaches to the justificatory question. I argue that they make opposite mistakes with regard to the importance of hope. Whereas Bloch solves the problem of justificati…Read more
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    Privatheitsrechte und politische Öffentlichkeit
    In Hauke Behrendt, Wulf Loh, Matzner Tobias & Catrin Misselhorn (eds.), Privatsphäre 4.0: Eine Neuverortung des Privaten im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung, Metzler. pp. 123-143. 2019.
    The link between the right to privacy and the right to democratic self-determination is often understood to imply that privacy rights have only instrumental value for democratic participation, and that they consist solely in the possibility to retreat from participation in a public. I examine three arguments for an internal link between both sets of rights: The right to privacy protects political public spheres from epistemic inequality, it protects groups in public from a loss of their delibera…Read more
  •  15
    The Moral Psychology of Hope (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield International. 2019.
    The contributions in this volume, written by leading scholars in the philosophy of hope, gives a systematic overview over the philosophical history of hope, about contemporary debates and about the role of hope in our collective life.
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    Lukács and the Frankfurt School
    In Peter E. Gordon, Espen Hammer & Axel Honneth (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School, Routledge. pp. 237-250. 2018.
    The work of the Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukács is a constant source of controversy in the history of the Frankfurt School. All leading thinkers of that theoretical tradition have struggled with Lukács’s theory. On the one hand, it was an inspiration for their attempts to come to terms with the oppressive features of capitalist modernity. On the other hand, both its political conclusions and Lukács’s actual philosophical submission to Soviet orthodoxy seemed to show that his theoretical framework…Read more
  •  19
    In Michael Quante (ed.), Marx-Handbuch, J.b. Metzler. pp. 238-253. 2016.
  •  15
    Anerkennung und Sozialontologie
    In Ludwig Siep, Heikki Ikaheimo & Michael Quante (eds.), Handbuch Anerkennung, Springer. 2018.
    In verschiedenen philosophischen Traditionen findet sich die These, dass Haltungen der Anerkennung eine zentrale Rolle für die Existenz von sozialen Institutionen spielen. Der Artikel gibt einen kurzen Überblick über zentrale anerkennungstheoretische Modelle in der Sozialontologie.
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    Analytic philosophy and the return of Hegelian thought (review)
    Critical Horizons 9 (1): 109-112. 2008.
    A review of Paul Reddings book "Analytic philosophy and the return of Hegelian thought".
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    Practices, Norms and Recognition
    Human Affairs 17 (1): 10-21. 2007.
    The problem of the social foundations of normativity can be illuminated by discussing the narrower question whether rule-following is necessarily a social matter. The problems with individualistic theories of rule-following seem to make such a conclusion unavoidable. Social theories of rule-following, however, seem to only push back one level the dilemma of having to choose either an infinite regress of interpretations or a collapse into non-normative descriptions. The most plausible of these mo…Read more
  • An introduction to contemporary metaethics
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    with Claudia Bloeser
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2017.
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    Critical theories often express scepticism towards the idea that social critique should draw on general normative principles, seeing such principles as bound to dominant conceptual frameworks. However, even the models of immanent critique developed in the Frankfurt School tradition seem to privilege principles over particular moral experiences. Discussing the place that particular moral experience has in the models of Honneth, Ferrara and Adorno, the article argues that experience can play an im…Read more
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    Fundamental Hope and Practical Identity
    Philosophical Papers 46 (3). 2017.
    This article considers the question ‘What makes hope rational?’ We take Adrienne Martin’s recent incorporation analysis of hope as representative of a tradition that views the rationality of hope as a matter of instrumental reasons. Against this tradition, we argue that an important subset of hope, ‘fundamental hope’, is not governed by instrumental rationality. Rather, people have reason to endorse or reject such hope in virtue of the contribution of the relevant attitudes to the integrity of t…Read more
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    The location of critique
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (3): 351-352. 2017.
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    Collective Responsibility for Oppression
    Social Theory and Practice 43 (3): 473-501. 2017.
    Many contemporary forms of oppression are not primarily the result of formally organized collective action nor are they an unintended outcome of a combination of individual actions. This raises the question of collective responsibility. I argue that we can only determine who is responsible for oppression if we understand oppression as a matter of social practices that create obstacles for social change. This social practice view of oppression enables two insights: First, that there is an unprobl…Read more
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    Wandel der Anerkennung. Überlegungen aus gerechtigkeitstheoretischer Perspektive
    with Axel Honneth
    In Axel Honneth, Ophelia Lindemann & Stephan Voswinkel (eds.), Strukturwandel der Anerkennung, Campus. 2013.
    How are changes in the social order of recognition to be evaluated normatively? We argue that the conventional means of liberal philosophical theories of justice are insufficient to answer this question. This is for three reasons: First, relations of recognition are neither basic rights nor distributable goods, but rather constitutive for the meaning of those rights and goods which constitute the object domain of distributive theories of justice. Second, relations of recognition provide the fram…Read more
  •  816
    Institutional Power, Collective Acceptance, and Recognition
    In Heikki Ikäheimo & Arto Laitinen (eds.), Recognition and Social Ontology, Brill. pp. 349--372. 2011.
    The article defines the boundaries of social and institutional power clearly; it argues that all institutional power rests finally on the acceptance of sanctioning authority and thus on mutual recognition.
  • Metaethik. Ein systematischer Gebietsüberblick
    In Markus Rüther (ed.), Grundkurs Metaethik, Mentis. pp. 37-52. 2016.
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    This working paper examines the notion of "immanent critique", a central methodological commitment of critical theories of society. In the first part, I distinguish immanent critique - a critique which reconstructs norms immanent in a social practice which point beyond the normative self-understanding of its members - from both external and internal critique and examine three questions that a theory of immanent critique has to answer (a social ontological, an epistemological and a justificatory …Read more
  •  286
    Criticizing Social Reality from Within: Haslanger on Race, Gender, and Ideology
    Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy (1): 5-12. 2014.
    This paper critically evaluates the semantic externalist conception of Race and Gender concepts put forward in Sally Haslanger's 2012 essay collection "Resisting Reality". I argue that her endorsement of "objective type externalism" limits the options for critique compared to social externalist approaches.
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    Verdinglichung als Pathologie zweiter Ordnung
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 59 (5): 731-746. 2011.
    Although the critique of reification is a core commitment of critical theories, there is no widely accepted account of its normative foundation. In Lukács’s original analysis, this foundation is provided by a strong concept of practice which is, however, not acceptable from a contemporary point of view. I argue that the systematic character of reification theory can only be upheld if this concept is replaced by a more intersubjective notion of normative practices. Reification can then be analyse…Read more
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    Georg [György] Lukács
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2013.
    Georg (György) Lukács (1885–1971) was a literary theorist and philosopher who is widely viewed as one of the founders of “Western Marxism”. Lukács is best known for his pre-World War II writings in literary theory, aesthetic theory and Marxist philosophy. Today, his most widely read works are the Theory of the Novel of 1916 and History and Class Consciousness of 1923. In History and Class Consciousness, Lukács laid out a wide-ranging critique of the phenomenon of “reification” in capitalism and …Read more