I’m an Assistant Professor at the faculty of philosophy of the University of Groningen.
My main areas of research are social and political philosophy, critical theory and social ontology. At the moment, I pursue several research projects:
- I am very much interested in giving a political account of the value of communications privacy. In contrast to individualist negative-right justifications of privacy, I think that the most sustainable defense of privacy as a value must refer to the contribution of unsurveilled communications to democratic self-determination. I have recently published an article about this topic (open access) and am currently planning a larger project related to it.
- More generally, I am interested in analyzing different conceptions of social power. I would like to find out how the impoverished picture of social power that is implicitly presupposed by the mainstream political discourse in our societies does not allow us to effectively combat oppression and unjust domination.
- I am involved in a research project about hope. As part of that project, I investigate the concept of collective hopes and the political significance of hope.
I am also editor of several publications:
- section editor of the German language Philosophy section of the Open Library of Humanities
- co-editor of the Springer book series “Philosophie und Kritik”,
- co-editor of the Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur
- member of the editorial board of Krisis and Critical Horizons.
While my web page does not offer much yet, you can find information here about my areas of research, my books, a list of courses that I have taught and a blog (english/german articles only; Atom feed for all posts, english posts, german posts).