Maria Deiviane Agostinho



PhD Candidate

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
September 2020–August 2021

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Hope and Despair: A Theory of Language«

Project outline:
My research project focuses on hope’s linguistic devices, which lay out a case for an ethical theory of normativity. The political dimensions of hope have braced failures and victories during the past centuries, not less during the last few decades. The conditions for discussing hope rest upon the contemporary and historical frame but find their roots between coexisting and Post-Kantian criticism of our moral judgment. Expressly, I focus on the complex relation between language and knowledge that appears as the central motif in the thought of Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788) and Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855). Questioning communication’s possibilities and limits, Hamann and Kierkegaard explore language in the context of a true-to-life philosophy. The focus on an existential epistemology, i.e., the question of how to understand life emerges from the ways in which a person understands herself. This approach to philosophy has significant linguistic implications for the conception of honesty, inner and outer spheres, private and public spaces, and the relation between selfhood and otherness. (Maria Deiviane Agostinho)

Research partner:
Maria Deiviane Agostinho follows the invitation of Heiko Schulz, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Goethe University. Her stay is supported by the Frankfurt PhD programme 1728 »Theology as an Academic Discipline« at Goethe University, the GRADE (Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers) Center RuTh (Religious Studies and Theology) and the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.

Scholarly profile of Maria Deiviane Agostinho


Maria Deiviane Agostinho received her master’s degree in Philosophy in 2014 from the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil). For her PhD thesis she moved to Denmark, working at the Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenteret. She now continues her PhD thesis at Frankfurt University.

Main areas of research:
Experimental Philosophy of Language (Ethical Relations; Epistemology), Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy (Cognitive Relations), and History of Philosophy (Ancient Philosophy; Modern Philosophy; and the 20th Century Philosophical Trends).

Selected publications:
  1. »The Neighbor as a Designation of the Will in Works of Love«, in: Kierkegaard in Process 2:1, September 2017, p. 75–84.
  2. »Kierkegaard and Translation«, in: TEOL-Information Tidsskrift 55, 2017, p. 42–45.
  3. »Johann Georg Hamann and Søren Aabye Kierkegaard: Discourse and Reconciliation«, in: Ítaca, 2018, p. 5–22.
  4. »Theoretical Experiment in Kierkegaard: The Controversial Proposition« (Portuguese), in: Biblioteca Kierkegaard Argentina, 2013.
  5. »From Education« (Portuguese), in: Jardim Filosófico, March 1 2011, p. 7–8.