“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.