Contact information

Andreas Gottardis
Research interests

Political theory, critical theory, modern German history

Current research project

The problem of emancipation in modern philosophy and social theory

The purpose of this project is to analyze the problem of emancipation in the work of Jürgen Habermas. The study investigates how Habermas's concept of rationality and his understanding of emancipation are related to the philosophical and socio-theoretical problems which arise out of the movement of thought from Kant through to Marx and the early Frankfurt School. Further, this part of Habermas's theory is problematized by confronting it with the radical critique of reason formulated by thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. One of the project's main objectives is to discuss the consequences of the democratization which according to Habermas is essential to enable liberation-that is, whether the possibility for emancipation necessarily involves an increased risk of degeneration.


Political Theory, Basic course in political science.