Michael Rosen

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«

Project outline:
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

Selected publications:
  1. Dignity: its History and Meaning, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 2012.
  2. The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, ed. with Brian Leiter, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007.
  3. Political Thought: an Oxford Reader, ed. with Jonathan Wolff, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1999.
  4. On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory of Ideology, Cambridge: Polity Press and Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press 1996.
  5. The Need for Interpretation: Contemporary Conceptions of the Philosopher's Task, ed. with Sollace Mitchell, London: Athlone Press 1983.
  6. Immanuel Kant: Opus Postumum, translated with Eckart Förster, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1993.
  7. Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1982.