“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, (Post)Marxism, and Continental Aesthetics/Philosophy of Culture. 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 phenomenological understanding of Marx’s theory of society. In addition, I am interested in the aesthetic concept of 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 (first volumes forthcoming 2021, here is the 2021 flyer). In addition, I serve as Associate Chair and Director of the Graduate Program in MSU’s philosophy department.

Recent Articles & Chapters

“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.

“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 & Media Contributions

“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

“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.

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

“Lucien Goldmann Redivivus. Categories, History, and Resoluteness in Lukacs and Heidegger,” Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

Review of “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

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

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

“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