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I teach courses in the history of modern philosophy, as well as in Social/Political Philosophy and Ethics. A full teaching portfolio is available upon request. Below I am listing a few exemplary descriptions of courses I am prepared to teach.

Critique, Reform, Revolution: Responses to Social Crisis

Seminar | Intermediate/Advanced Undergraduates

Abstract. How should we react, if the social world around us starts to break down? This seminar explores philosophical responses to this question. Examining historical texts (Kant, Hegel, Marx) and contemporary approaches from both the European (Habermas, Honneth, Jaeggi) and Anglo-American (Walzer, Taylor, Brennan) traditions, this course brings together a transatlantic philosophical dialogue. We will also examine applied questions about the relationship between philosophy and political action.

Markets and Morality 

Seminar | Intermediate/Advanced Undergraduates

Abstract. Is it good that we organize exchange and production through the market? Should we, much rather, prefer a planned economy ? And, if we opt for a market, what are its limits? This seminar explores these ethical question through a diverse set of texts. The syllabus brings together perspectives from both the history of philosophy (e.g. Smith, Hegel, Marx) as well as from the contemporary Anglo-American debate (e.g. Cohen, Satz, Anderson, Sandel).

Ethical Issues in Affluence and Wealth

Seminar | Intermediate/Advanced Undergraduates

Abstract. Is it unethical to accumulate too much wealth? Are there specific moral responsibilities for those who are rich? What does the medium ‘money’ do to those who use it? How does it affect society? This seminar investigates ethical questions surrounding money and wealth. Bringing together ancient discussions of affluence (in the Republic and the Nicomachean Ethics), Christian wealth ethics (in the New Testament) and classical social philosophy (Hegel, Marx, Simmel), we follow both a historical and systematic trajectory through the history of this issue. 

Ethics

Lecture | Beginner/Intermediate Undergraduates

Abstract. What kind of life is worth living? What kind of people should we aspire to be? What kind of rules or standards should govern our actions? Ethics, in large part, is a philosophical attempt to answer these questions. In this course, we will survey three major branches of ethical theory: Consequentialism, Deontological Ethics and Virtue Ethics. The goal is not only to become familiar with the broad outline of these approaches, by discussing a ‘classical text’ from each branch, but also to engage with contemporary versions and criticisms of each view.

Socialism and Its Critics

Seminar | Graduate Students at the MA and PhD level

This seminar examines the contemporary discussion surrounding the feasibility, morality and potential shape of socialism. Starting with some historical background (Marx and 19th century socialism), we examine contemporary contributions (e.g. Cohen, Brennan, Honneth). A special focus will be on the debate regarding the conceptual and political possibility of ‘market socialism’ (e.g. Miller, Cohen).