Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:October 2022 – July 2023
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Between Tradition and Utopia. On the (im)possibility of deconstructive-agonal ethics«
Agonal radical democratic theory, which has its most prominent representatives in thinkers as diverse as Chantel Mouffe, Ernesto Laclau, Oliver Marchart, Bonnie Honig or William E. Connolly, is notoriously criticized for its alleged »normative deficit«. My research project addresses the (im-)possibility of deconstructive-agonal ethics, taking as a starting point the notions of temporality, historicity and history displayed or implied by agonal radical democratic theory. Given the parallels and continuities between these notions here on the one hand and in the continental Kairos-Philosophy and -Theology of the first half of the 20th Century on the other, I aim to explore whether the latter tradition of thought provides, with its concepts and normative potentials, a fertile ground for outlining a deconstructive-agonal ethics. For example, I am rethinking the notions of promise (and forgiveness) as defined by Hannah Arendt (following Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and being followed by Paul Ricoeur, Judith Butler and others) along the postfoundationalist premises of agonal radical democratic theory. I hope to (re)articulate a question virulent in the present political discourse, the question of »generational justice«, from the perspective of a diachronic radical-democratic ethics in the process. (Carlotta Voß)
Research partner:Carlotta Voß follows the invitation of Rainer Forst, Professor of Political theory at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and the Justitia Centre for Advanced Studies funded by the Alfons and Gertrud Kassel Foundation.
Scholarly profile of Carlotta Voß Carlotta Voß received her PhD in 2021 from the FU Berlin and the RU Bochum. The title of her thesis was »Ironie und Urteil. Thukydides’ Ironische Historiographie als Medium kritischer Anthropologie«.
Please find more information about Carlotta Voß here.
Main areas of research:Ancient and modern political theory, History of political ideas, hermeneutics, philosophy of history, future ethics, narrative theory
- Wo Hoffen zugleich Haben ist. Hoffnung als historischer Faktor bei Thukydides, Darmstadt: wbg Young Academic 2020.