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Center for European Philosophy

Expertise

History of philosophy: nineteenth-century German philosophy, with a focus on Hegel, the Young Hegelians and the Young Marx. Themes from the philosophy of culture: secularisation, disenchantment, philosophy of political myth. History and critique of metaphysics.

Rewilding modern life. A genealogical assessment of a counter-culture. 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2023

Abstract

Rewilding has recently gained rapid popularity, becoming a buzzword in nature conservation, environmental philosophy and activism, as well as in subculture and new alternative circles aiming for a rewilding of human life. This type of rewilding seeks to reconnect humans with nature, and often manifests itself openly as a counter-culture of modernity. While rewilding has mostly drawn attention by scholars as an ecological practice and ideology, it has not been thoroughly studied as a (counter-)cultural movement and vision for modern life. This research proposal aims to fill that gap by assessing rewilding as a modern counter-culture. By means of a genealogical investigation, it seeks to uncover a common dynamic of modernity critique underneath the diverse manifestations of rewilding. Two traditions in particular are crucial in exposing this cultural-critical dynamic: views on the Dionysian in romantic literature and Nietzsche's philosophy, and the discourse of enchantment that developed in reaction to Weber's disenchantment theory. Detecting these critical legacies behind the emergence of rewilding allows for a profound assessment of the philosophical irations and implications of the rewilding vision in modernity. This assessment will not only consider the theoretical relevance of rewilding as a modern counter-culture, but also its practical potential for cultural transformation.

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Pride as a political emotion. Taking pride and the politics of recognition beyond the confines of identity politics. 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2022

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The aim of this project is to examine the political significance of pride. In recent years, political philosophy has shown increasing interest in the role of emotions in politics. Whereas strong emotions like anger, fear, resentment, indignation, love and compassion have all received a great deal of attention in recent debates, comparatively little work has been done on investigating pride as a political emotion. The current project seeks to make up for this lack of attention. It will describe the distinctive political potential of the emotion of pride and argue why it is important to take pride seriously in politics.

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Authorship verification for the anonymous articles in Bruno Bauer's Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung. Integrating natural language processing results in the available stylistic, thematic and contextual analyses 01/04/2016 - 31/03/2017

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The Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung. Monatsschrift (ALZ) was a short-lived monthly edited by Bruno Bauer and published between December 1843 and October 1844. Featuring philosophical essays and articles, in-depth reviews, correspondence, and short stories, the journal was mainly launched to cover the new developments in German philosophy. More particularly, with Bruno Bauer being one of the leading thinkers of the Young Hegelian movement at that time, it was established as vehicle for a specific current of Young Hegelian philosophy. In spite of its crucial role in the transformation of German philosophy during the Vormärz (1830-1848), the ALZ has remained relatively unexplored. The project's main intention is to change this situation by bringing support to a new scientific edition of the ALZ. The ALZ includes 31 anonymous articles. This means that the authentic authorship of almost half of the ALZ's articles was not revealed in the original publication. With respect to the new ALZ edition, the project's first objective is to provide extensive annotations to each of these articles, either supporting a precise authorship attribution or a lack thereof. The specific challenge is to strenghten new and existing stylistic, thematic and contextual analyses with natural language processing results. The project's second objective is to develop a novel and well-researched interpretation of the philosophical role and meaning of the ALZ, focusing on the journal's major themes and describing its proper part in the transformation of Young Hegelian philosophy.

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