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Huber, Jakob, Dr.


jakob [Punkt] huber (at) normativeorders [Punkt] net

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  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    Normative Orders, Raum 4.05

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    Programming period 2012-2019

  • Post Docs

Research topic

Democratic Hope

Brief description of research topic

In times of a prevailing sense of crisis and disorder in modern politics, there is a growing sentiment that anger and despair or at least resignation and apathy are more appropriate attitudes to navigate the world than hope. Political theorists have long shared this suspicion and shied away from theorising hope systematically: they see it as expressing a doe-eyed approach to the world that condones complacency or at least detracts from what is to be done ‘here and now’.

The aim of my project is to resist this tendency by vindicating hope as a vital component of democratic life. In making this argument, I will draw on Immanuel Kant’s account of hope. For Kant, hope is a foundational kind of state that plays an important role in our practical engagement with the world in general. In particular, hope allows us to retain our resolve to act when the odds of making a difference are dim. Hence, it is not something we take refuge with once there is nothing else left to do but it is intricately intertwined with contexts of action.

I will set out to show that hope, conceived along these lines, is particularly indispensable for democratic agents. For they often find themselves torn precisely between the democratic promise that they can make a difference on the one hand, and the seeming futility of their efforts amidst institutions and processes that are often experienced as slow and unresponsive, on the other. Active engagement in democratic practices thus requires agents to find ways of fending off despair, frustration and demoralisation in the face of their own ostensible inefficacy. This motivates my attempt to develop a systematic account of democratic hope that is sensitive to its unavoidability as much as its dangers.

Subject areas

Political theory, political philosophy, history of ideas

Main research interests

Kant, early modern political thought, cosmopolitanism, democratic theory, hope, utopian thinking,

Biographical Details

I joined Normative Orders in 2018 from the Centre for Advanced Studies Justitita Amplificata, where I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Having studied Political Science and Political Theory at Berlin, London and Oxford, I obtained my PhD in Political Theory from the London School of Economics in 2017.

Website

https://jakobhuber.com/

Publications

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      • Huber, Jakob (forthcoming): "Legitimacy as Public Willing: Kant on Freedom and the Law", Ratio Juris
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    • 2018
      • Huber, Jakob (2018): "Kant’s cosmopolitanism as a task set to humankind", History of Philosophy Quarterly 35(1), 39-57.
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      • Huber, Jakob (co-authored with Fabio Wolkenstein) (2018): "Gentrification and occupancy rights", Politics, Philosophy & Economics (online first: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1470594X18766818)
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    • 2017
      • Huber, Jakob (2017): "Cosmopolitanism for Earth Dwellers: Kant on the Right to be Somewhere", Kantian Review 17(1), pp. 1-25.
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      • Huber, Jakob (2017): "No right to unilaterally claim your territory: on the consistency of Kantian statism", Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20(6), pp. 677-696.
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      • Huber, Jakob (2017): "Theorising from the Global Standpoint: Kant and Grotius on Original Common Possession of the Earth", European Journal of Philosophy 25(2), pp. 231–249
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    • 2013
      • Huber, Jakob (2013): "What makes Human Rights ‘Political’? A Kantian Critique", Journal for Human Rights / Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte 7(2), pp. 127-141.
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