Professor of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:July 2015
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»History and Freedom in German Idealism«
German Idealism coincides with a radical step in secularization. It took place at a time when belief in personal immortality was receding. As it did so, it left behind a stark question: how were human beings to reconcile themselves with the fact of their own mortality? In German Idealism we find one very important answer to that question being prepared: human beings can see themselves as part of a wider historical process whose value will justify their own existence even if they themselves are no longer alive. My book traces the way in which this idea is pre-figured in Kant’s conception of history and freedom, and the transformation that took place thereafter. (Michael Rosen)
Funding of the stay:»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«
Scholarly profile of Michael Rosen
Main areas of research:German Idealism, Philosophy of G.F.W. Hegel
- Dignity: its History and Meaning, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 2012.
- The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, ed. with Brian Leiter, Oxford:
Oxford University Press 2007.
- Political Thought: an Oxford Reader, ed. with Jonathan Wolff, Oxford: Oxford
University Press 1999.
- On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory of Ideology,
Cambridge: Polity Press and Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press
- The Need for Interpretation: Contemporary Conceptions of the Philosopher's Task,
ed. with Sollace Mitchell, London: Athlone Press 1983.
- Immanuel Kant: Opus Postumum, translated with Eckart Förster, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1993.
- Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1982.