Julian Culp

Associate Professor of Philosophy
The American University of Paris

Julian Culp is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Program Coordinator for Philosophy, and Fellow of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies at The American University of Paris. Previously, he was a fellow in philosophy and political theory at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, where he received his Habilitation and PhD in philosophy. Culp also received postdoctoral fellowships from the Hoover Chair for Social and Economic Ethics of the Catholic University of Louvain and from the Centre for Ethics of the University of Toronto.

Culp is the author of Global Justice and Development (Palgrave, 2014) and Democratic Education in a Globalized World (Routledge, 2019), as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Philosophy Compass, Theory and Research in Education, Third World Quarterly and Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung. He was co-editor of the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric from 2012 to 2021 and is co-editor of the book series Philosophy of Education – Debates and Constellations (mentis Verlag) since 2021.

Research Projects

Democratic School Education and the Crisis of Representative Democracy

In reaction to Donald Trump’s authoritarian-populist politics many political philosophers and philosophers of education have argued that certain, nationally oriented forms of democratic education within schools should play a central role in overcoming the contemporary crisis of representative democracy in the USA.

Contemporary European Democratic Theory

As Fellow of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies (AUP) I am organizing a lecture series on Contemporary European Democratic Theory that is running from Fall 2020 through Fall 2021.

Current Courses

LW/PL/PO 3019 Global Justice

This course equips students to analyze (self-)critically three sets of questions about global justice. How should we think of the distributive inequalities across and between countries? What are the demands of global justice in contexts such as migration, climate change and race? Is the theorizing of global justice on the basis of liberal ideas about freedom and equality Western-centric?

PL/PO 2003 Political Philosophy

Political philosophy forms that branch of philosophy that reflects on the specificity of the political. Why are humans, as Aristotle argued, political animals? How are they political? What are the means and ends of the political, and how best does one organize the political with such questions in mind? The course offers a topic-oriented approach to the fundamental problems underlying political theory and practice.

PL 1099 CCI FB 5 Democracy: From Athens to Zucotti Park

In this course we survey classic and contemporary theories and practices of democracy, ranging from direct democracy in ancient Athens to the modern-day Occupy movement in Zuccotti Park. We pay special attention to the ways in which processes of digitalization such as the use of social media transform our understandings and evaluations of local, national and global forms of democratic life.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaften
Human Development & Capability Association
The Global Justice Network
North American Association of Philosophy and Education