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Chair of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Political Ideas

About the Chair

The chair of Prof. Dr. Clemens Kauffmann conducts research and teaches in all areas of political philosophy, political theory and the history of political ideas including philosophy of science and political methodology.

The research focuses on political philosophy, especially ancient political philosophy and its reception in the history of political ideas as well as on current political philosophy and political theory. As a consequence of the affiliation of the Eric Voegelin Library to the chair, another focus lies on the political philosophy of German speaking emigrants in the 20th century and the intercivilizational comparison of historical, cultural and religious forms of thought as well as on comparative political culture research. The research in the area of 19th century intellectual history and political thought is complemented by the administration of the Gerlach Archive, which is also affiliated to the chair.

The bavarian research coordination within the scope of the Bavarian Centre for Political Theory (Bayerisches Zentrum für Politische Theorie) in which the Chair of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Political Ideas participates since 2008, focuses on applied democratic theory, on the relations between politics, religion and economics, on biopolitics, on research on totalitarianism and on political consulting. The  research  is complemented by the coordination of junior research groups in the DFG Research Training Group 706 „Kulturhermeneutik im Zeichen von Differenz und Transdifferenz“ which was led by the chairholder as both deputy speaker and speaker between the years 2008-2010.

The research focuses are reflected in the teaching portfolio offered in the expiring Diplom and Magister degree programs, in the Bachelor and Master degree programs as well as in the PhD program of the Bavarian Research Training Group in Political Theory (Bayerisches Promotionskolleg Politische Theorie), which is part of the Bavarian Center for Political Theory (Bayerisches Zentrum für Politische Theorie). Through Erasmus partnerships with the University of Bologna, the University of Padua, the Institut d’études politiques de Rennes and the Université Rennes I, which are supervised by the Chair of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Political Ideas, as well as through the cooperation with the Department of Political Science at Duke University within the scope of the ISAP program of the DAAD, which was initiated and is supervised by the Chair of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Political Ideas, the work of the chair is connected internationally.

New Publications

Thomas Hobbes‘ körperbasierter Liberalismus. Eine kritische Analyse des Leviathan
Eva Helene Odzuck

Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2016

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The Wandering Thought of Hannah Arendt
Hans-Jörg Sigwart

London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016

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