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Dr Thomas Khurana

Staff positionLecturer in Philosophy

Thomas studied Philosophy, Sociology, Literature and Psychology in Bielefeld and Berlin and received his PhD from the University of Potsdam. Before joining the School, he taught philosophy at the University of Potsdam, the Goethe-University Frankfurt, and the University of Leipzig. He was a Theodor Heuss Lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York and a Humboldt fellow at the University of Chicago. In 2017, Thomas was awarded a three year Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to pursue his new research project on "Norm and Nature". He will spend the academic year 2017/18 at the Department of Philosophy at Yale to start this new project.

Thomas is the author of three books, most recently “Das Leben der Freiheit: Form und Wirklichkeit der Autonomie” (Suhrkamp 2017). His latest edited collection is “The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives” (August 2013). He has also published various papers on Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Adorno, Foucault, Derrida, Cavell, Brandom, Agamben, and others. His main areas of interest are: Kant and German Idealism, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, practical and social philosophy, philosophy of language and mind, philosophy of culture and aesthetics. His current research focuses on the dialectics of second nature, the relation of self-consciousness and self-reification, ethical naturalism, and the politics of life.


Dipl.-Psych. (FU Berlin), Dr. phil. (University of Potsdam), Dr. phil. habil. (Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.)

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