“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, Critical Theory, Recent European Political Philosophy, and Continental Aesthetics/Philosophy of Culture. I am currently accepting PhD students. This website features general information and links to articles, chapters, reviews, and media contributions.

My current work focuses on philosophical aspects of critical social theory and political economy. In this vein, I am currently concerned with a non-Hegelian understanding of Marx’s theory of society, including a (possible) Marxian epistemology, with the concept of social categories, and with the philosophical underpinnings of critical theory. In addition, I am interested in aesthetic realism, 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 the US society for Continental Philosophy, SPEP, and edit with Antonio Calcagno the Continental Philosophy and the History of Thought series published by Lexington Books. In addition, I serve as Associate Chair and Director of the Graduate Program in MSU’s philosophy department.

Recent Articles & Chapters

“Marxismus als Methode? Lukács und die Grundlegung einer kritischen Gesellschaftstheorie heute,“ Lukacs Jahrbuch 2021-2023, hg. R. Dannemann, Münster: Aisthesis 2023, 87-111.

“Lucien Goldmann Redivivus. Categories, History, and Resoluteness in Lukacs and Heidegger,” Metodo, 9/2, 2022, 241-273.

“Critique as Disclosure. Building Blocks for a Phenomenological Appropriation of Marx,” in Phenomenology as Critique: Why Method Matters, eds. Andreea S Aldea, David Carr, and Sara Heinämaa, Routledge 2022, 207-223.

“Capital as Positionality. On Marx and Heidegger,” in Marxism and Phenomenology. The Dialectical Horizons of Critique, eds. Bryan Smyth and Richard Westerman, Lexington Books 2021, 151-170.

“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, 231-254.

“Categorial Forms as Intelligibility of Social Objects. Reification and Objectivity in Lukács.,” in Confronting Reification. Revitalizing Georg Lukács’s Thought in Late Capitalism, ed. Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker, Leiden: Brill/Chicago: Haymarket Books 2020, 25-47.

“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.

Recent Reviews & Media Contributions

„Das Oberste Gericht der USA: Der lange Abschied von der Politik,“ Frankfurter Rundschau, June 29, 2022, 26/27

„Stuart Hall, Selected Writings on Marxism,” Marx&Philosophy Review of Books, March 31, 2022.

“Claudia Deglau and Patrick Reinard (eds.), Aus dem Tempel und dem ewigen Genuß  des Geistes verstoßen? Karl Marx und sein Einfluss auf die  Altertums- und Geisteswissenschaften,“ The Classical Review 72.1, 2022, 331–334.

“Lukacs 2.0. Über zwei neue Bücher von Richard Westerman und Kavoulakos,“ Lukacs Jahrbuch 2019/2020. Münster: Aisthesis Verlag 2021, 91-102.

„Den Anforderungen nicht mehr gewachsen. Die Krise in den USA ist vor allem eine Verfassungskrise,” Frankfurter Rundschau, January 19, 2021, 22/23.

“Theodor W. Adorno, Philosophical Elements of a Theory of Society,” Marx&Philosophy Review of Books, February 1, 2021

Review of “Ashley Bohrer, Marxism and Intersectionality. Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism,” Marx&Philosophy Review of Books, January 27, 2021.

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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Publications in Press

Continental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, co-ed. with Antonio Calcagno, Lexington Books

“Money in Critical Theory: : Pollock, Adorno, Habermas,” in Philosophy and Money, 4 volumes, ed. Joseph J. Tinguely, Palgrave

Review of “Nicholas Brown, Autonomy. The Social Ontology of Art under Capitalism,” Science & Society

“On Arendt and Luxemburg,” in Continental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, eds. Christian Lotz and Antonio Calcagno, Lexington Books

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