I hold an M.A. (Magister Artium) degree in philosophy, German literature, and sinology from the University of Tübingen (1996). I received my Dr. phil. in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg in 1999 (with a dissertation on Cassirer and Goodman), and my Habilitation from Bonn University in 2014.
Before taking up my position at Aarhus University in August 2016, I have previously been employed at the Departments of Philosophy in Heidelberg (1996–2003), Bonn (2003–15) and RWTH Aachen University (2015–16).
My research mainly focuses on German Idealism, particularly Kant and Hegel, with an emphasis on metaphysics and epistemology, and a strong commitment both to exploring the heritage of Kant and Hegel in 20th century philosophy, and to reconstructing them in the context of contemporary philosophy, including the analytic tradition. My research interests also include aesthetics, philosophy of music, issues in comparative philosophy (particularly Chinese philosophy), and Critical Theory (Adorno).
My other publications include Gottesbeweisevon Anselm bis Gödel (“Arguments for the existence of God: from Anselm to Goedel”, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand), Was sich nicht sagen laesst(“What We Cannot Speak About”, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand, Berlin: Akademie, 2010), and an edition of Cassirer’s writings on Rousseau (Ernst Cassirer: Über Rousseau, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012). A volume on Gotteswiderlegungen (“Arguments against the Existence of God”, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand) is forthcoming in 2017 (Berlin: Suhrkamp). For a full list of publications, follow link above.
Cooperations & Research Projects
I have previously co-organised the International Joint Research Project “Concepts of Rationality: Challenges of Reason in a Cross-Cultural Perspective” of Bonn University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014-15), funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) & Hong Kong Research Council.
At Aarhus University, I’m currently organising the research project “The Impact of Critical Thinking: Reassessing the Kantian Legacy”, funded by an AUFF grant. For more information, follow link to projects above.