Matthias Fritsch

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Humboldt Scholar, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main (2010-2011)

Ph.D., Villanova University, Department of Philosophy (1994-1999)
Doctoral Research, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Philosophy (1997-1998)
M.A., New York University, Department of Philosophy (1993-1994)
B.A., Universität zu Köln, Departments of Philosophy and of English (1990-1993)

My research interests are social and political philosophy (in particular, democratic theory and marxism) as well as 19th and 20th Century European philosophy (especially German critical theory and deconstruction). At present I work on a notion of democracy that addresses the concerns of both Neokantian egalitarian universalism and the deconstructive concept of futurity. At the same time, I seek to show the relevance of phenomenlogical ethics and deconstructive politics to debates in intergenerational justice, in particular the vexed question of obligations to distant future people. In this context, I explore a notion of indirect reciprocity - roughly, the present owes to the future because of gifts from the past - that promises to do justice to the intergenerational connections of social life.

Most significant research contributions
Essays in Honour of Kai Nielsen (co-editor), Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2007.
The Promise of Memory: History and Politics in Marx, Benjamin, and Derrida, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2005
Martin Heidegger, Phenomenology of Religious Life (co-translator), Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Articles in, among others, Dialogue, Constellations, Human Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Rethinking History, European Journal of Political Theory.


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