Professorship of the Cluster of Excellence – Practical Philosophy with a concentration on the Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Christoph Menke)

The research conducted in the context of this chair, which is directly connected to the research project “Normativity and Subjectivity: First Nature – Second Nature – Mind”, is mainly concerned with clarifying the relation between mind (Geist) and first, inner nature, focusing especially on their relevance in the context of a dialectical concept of form. The underlying premise is that the general dialectic of form and matter can provide substantial insights into how the normative orders of mind are constituted by their pre-mental, natural orders and the play of their forces.

The investigation of the dialectic of form and matter contributes to clarifying the status of normative orders, which are considered in their relation to the non- or pre-normative realm. This research assumes an interdisciplinary form insofar as it develops a concept of modern law (especially of the form of subjective rights) in discussion with legal studies.

Regarding the question of the logic of form or formation, the chair’s research on normativity is connected to questions of aesthetics. For modern art, in particular, is a practice of formation in which the above-mentioned dialectic of form and matter unfolds. From this perspective, analogue processes of formation can be observed in other fields. In this context, research has been devoted in particular to analyzing the form of law, focusing on the self-reflexive form of modern law (the “law of rights”). Moreover, several doctoral and postdoctoral projects conducted in the context of the chair engaged with issues of autonomy, the theory of the subject and legal theory.

Besides the research on an aesthetic conception of form mentioned above, Thomas Khurana’s postdoctoral project entitled “The Life of Freedom: The Form and Reality of Autonomy after Kant and Hegel” developed a deepened comprehension of practical autonomy by reconstructing a philosophical concept of life, which was first suggested by Kant and systematically elaborated by Hegel. Dirk Quadflieg’s postdoctoral project “The Spirit of the Thing: A Critique of Reification” also started from Hegel and, in conversation with ethnological theories, developed the thesis that normative, spiritual orders are defined by a thing-like character of externality. The dissertations by Judith Mohrmann and Felix Trautmann were concerned with showing how the dialectic of norm and nature, mind and life, plays out in the constitution of political orders.

The most important publications of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

Menke, Christoph: Die Kraft der Kunst, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2013. (Span. Übers.: Santiago de Chile: Metales Pesados, 2017.)

Khurana, Thomas: Das Leben der Freiheit. Form und Wirklichkeit der Autonomie, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2017.

Mohrmann, Judith: Affekt und Revolution. Politisches Handeln nach Arendt und Kant, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus Verlag, 2015.

Quadflieg, Dirk: Vom Geist der Sache. Zur Kritik der Verdinglichung, Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus Verlag, 2017 (i.E.)

Sheplyakova, Tatjana: „Das Recht der Klage aus demokratietheoretischer Perspektive", in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 64 (2016) 1, pp. 45–67.

Trautmann, Felix: Das Imaginäre der Demokratie. Politische Befreiung und das Rätsel der freiwilligen Knechtschaft, Paderborn: Konstanz University Press, 2017 (i.E.).

The most important events of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

„The Force of Aesthetics: Power, Imagination, Affects: An International Conference”, New School for Social Research, New York, USA, April 28-29, 2014.

“Other Natures. Norm and Nature II.“, Workshop, Université de Montréal, Département de Philosophie, April 30-May 1, 2014.

„Die Rezeptivität des Urteilens. Norm und Natur III.“ Workshop, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, May 23-25, 2014.

„Prozeduralisierung des Rechts.“ International Workshop, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, organized by Tatjana Sheplyakova in the context of her project funded by the DFG, additionally funded by the Goethe University and in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, May 3, 2015.

„Die Kunst der Zweiten Natur.“ Workshop, Goethe University. July 1-2, 2016.


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