Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The American University of Paris
Julian Culp is Assistant 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 has been co-editor of the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric from 2012 to 2021 and he will be co-editor of the book series Philosophy of Education – Debates and Constellations (mentis Verlag) from 2022 onwards.
Together with Danielle Zwarthoed I have co-edited a special issue for The Journal of Global Ethics on “Education and Migration.” The special issue has now been published with Routledge as edited collection Education and Migration.
My article “Discourse Ethics, Epistemology and Educational Justice – A Reply to Harvey Siegel” has just been published online first in Theory and Research in Education. The article resulted from a panel on discourse ethics and educational justice at the 2019 North American Association for Philosophy and Education conference.
Prof. Klaus Dingwerth and Simon Pistor have guest-edited a symposium in Ethics & Global Politics on my book Democratic Education in a Globalized World.
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.
The Civic Media Lab has granted me a Fellowship in order to work on civic education and digital citizenship during 2020-21.
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.
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?
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.
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.