Science, Technology and Society
Current Research Activities
I work in Phenomenology, broadly understood as the theory of subjectivity, and Ethics, including cultural theory and its metaphysical and anthropological foundations. I believe in a problem-based approach that also looks beyond the confines of current discourse and brings together historic and global traditions of thought with the rigour of conceptual clarity, critical inquiry, and scholarly integrity.
Currently I am working on a book on Freedom in the Digital Age focussing on individualism, socio-economic power distribution, and the permeability of the borders of the self with regard to human-machine interfaces, where I am trying to analyse how fundamental questions of human existence play out on the microlevel of decision-making about software architecture.
I am also working on topics in the Philosophy of Psychology, where I am especially
interested in problems of categorising emotions, psychological anthropology and its feedback loops (What does it do to us if we treat ourselves as psychological beings?) and am increasingly interested into the psychology of happiness and moral change.
Authors I have worked on include Adorno, Sartre, Wittgenstein, Kant, and Hegel.
I would welcome collaborations with companies and researchers working with Microtargeting, psychographic profiling, digital rights, the broader psychology and sociology of IT use, and
I am also interested in communication about the higher education and how to conceive of and build curricula for a liberal arts education for the digital era.
I am heading an initiative for building an alternative IT infrastructure that allows users to take back control over their data and user interfaces, while staying functional members of digital society. Inquiries from those interested are highly welcome.
I have worked at Universities in Bamberg, Heidelberg, Würzburg (Germany), Durham, Warwick(UK), Princeton(USA) and most recently Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Generally I don’t think my CV should be a public good.
*Grundfiguren einer Ethik der Selbstreflexion*. Completed book manuscript, currently under review for habilitation proceedings at Bamberg University, forthcoming 2021.
J. R. R. Tolkien, Rowohlt Monographs Series, 2009
Die Irrelevanz des Wirklichen, oder: Zufall als Individuationsproblem, Alber Verlag, 2007
“Still Failing to Speak about Ethics: What does it Mean to ‘See the World’ in a Certain Way?”. in: Karsten Schoellner (Ed.): Picturing Life. Wittgenstein’s Visual Ethics; Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2016
“Wahrheit und Interesse. Versuch einer Meinungsbildung über die ökonomische Bildung in Deutschland”. in: Michael Spieker (Ed.): Ökonomische Bildung. Zwischen Pluralismus und Lobbyismus.
Wochenschau Verlag, Schwalbach am Taunus 2015
[“Truth and Interest. An Attempt in Assessing Economic Education in Germany]
“Die Natur der Technik”, in: Fabian Geier, Christian Spahn und Andreas Spahn (Eds.): Perspektiven Philosophischer Forschung 2, Oldib Verlag, Essen 2013 [“The Nature of Technology”]
“Why should the Great be Humble? Aquinas and Aristotle on Pride and Humility”, in: A. P. Co and P. A. Bolaños (Eds.): Thomism and Asian Cultures, Manila 2012
“The Materialistic Fallacy. Some Ontologic Problems of Regulating Virtual Reality”, in: Charles Ess, Ruth Hagengruber (Eds.): The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures? MV-Verlag, Münster 2011
“Falsche Harmonie? Oder: Kann man nach Auschwitz noch vom Auenland träumen?”, in: T.Fornet-Ponse (Ed.): Hither Shore 6, Scriptorium Oxoniae 2010 [“Can We, after Auschwitz, Still Dream of the Shire?”]
“On the Morality of Software Usage”, in Guido van Steendam et al. (Eds.): Ambient Intelligence and Human Security. Embedding Science in Society. IFB Press, Brussels 2009
“Should we Stop Worrying and Learn to Love AI?“, https://conditiohumana.io/stop-worrying-learn-to-love-ai/, Alexander Görlach (ed.), published in February 2019