Research

My main research interests are in ethics as well as in social and political philosophy, and I am interested in both historical and systematic issues within these areas. While my initial philosophical education has been mainly analytic and has put considerable weight on logic and argumentation theory, I have also been influenced by the Critical Theory approach of the Frankfurt School later on. Thus, in my current research I engage in transdisciplinary research that is informed by history and the social sciences, while paying special attention to argumentative clarity and precision. In that way I hope to address philosophical and theoretical questions in a way that contributes to the solution of societal problems.

In social and political philosophy, I have been engaging with domestic and global theories of distributive, political and educational justice, as well as with theories of social development and progress. In addition, I have also been working on methodological issues, including the relation between ideal and non-ideal theory, as well as in comparative political theory.

In ethics, I have contributed to debates in applied ethics and meta-ethics. In applied ethics, my main interests have been global ethics – especially development ethics and the ethics of international responsibility – as well as educational ethics – especially autonomy and citizenship education. In meta-ethics I have explored epistemological questions of coherentism and discourse ethics, and I have also dealt with issues in action theory.

I am also very much interested in the history of modern Western moral, social and political philosophy. I have taught courses on the philosophy of the Enlightenment, on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, on John Stuart Mill and on John Dewey.

Research Projects

Democratic School Education and the Crisis of Representative Democracy

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

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.