Chair for International Political Theory and Philosophy



Goethe University Frankfurt
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute for Political Science

Cluster of Excellence, House "Normative Ordnungen"
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
3rd floor, room 3.11
Map of Campus Westend

Postal address:
Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main
Fach EXC 14
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Question about Teaching:

 “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”  —  Walt Whitman, Preface, Leaves of Grass, 1855.

I am a political and environmental philosopher/theorists working on normative issues. I’ve published on Marxism, Rawls, Global Justice, Just War Theory, Reconciliation, and other matters. Most (but not all) of my research currently is in three broad areas: Climate change and justice; the meaning and normative significance of the Anthropocene; and hope. I can supervise Bachelor theses in either German or English, but Master theses and Doctoral dissertations only in English.


Professional Bio

How I Got Here

The Examined Illness: A Philosophical Confession in Micro Essays (Unpublished).

Consultation Hours

Tuesday: 11-12 a.m.

Administrative Assistant

Ellen Nieß
phone: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31521
fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31402 
house "Normative Ordnungen"
room 3.12


Office Hours for Students 

Monday - Friday: 10 - 12 a.m.

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