Research Cluster

Classical Germany Philosophy

Uncovering the roots of European Philosophy

This research cluster covers a major area of research and teaching at Essex. Many of our academic staff are experts on Kant and the post-Kantian tradition including, Schelling and Hegel, as well as later nineteenth-century philosophers, such as Marx, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

Members of the Classical Germany Philosophy research cluster have published a variety of work on the reception of German and transcendental Idealism by critical theorists, on Hegel and the relationship between aesthetics and politics and on Kierkegaard’s critique of Hegel’s account of pure thought and his reading of the place of Socrates in the history of philosophy. Our members are also published authors. 

Learn more about our members research and interests through their staff profiles.

Our members

Fabian Freyenhagen
Professor Fabian Freyenhagen
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Theory, history and practice of autonomy; Frankfurt School (especially Adorno); Ethics (particularly Kants and Kantian ethics); Political Philosophy
Beatrice Han-Pile
Professor Beatrice Han-Pile
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Agency, medio-passivity and the theological virtues; Foucault and XXth century philosophy, in particular phenomenology
Peter Dews
Professor Peter Dews
Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Modernity and the problem of evil; History of German philosophical romanticism and Idealism; Hegel and the Left Hegelians; The Frankfurt School and contemporary Critical Theory; French philosophy from Sartre and Merleau-Ponty to the present; Philosophy and psychoanalysis (especially Lacanian theory)
Wayne Martin
Professor Wayne Martin
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Philosophy of Psychiatry; Phenomenology (esp Hume, Husserl, Heidegger, Th Lipps, L&oslashgstrup); Kant and post-Kantian idealism (esp Fichte); The history and philosophy of logic; Philosophy and painting; Self-Consciousness; Autonomy and the Regulation of Care; Political Philosophy; Will, Agency and Contract
Fiona Hughes
Dr Fiona Hughes
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Phenomenology (French and German)
Timo Jütten
Professor Timo Jütten
Head of School - Professor (R), School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Critical social theory (Adorno, Habermas, Honneth); Political philosophy (markets and commodification); Philosophy and Gender (especially sexual objectification, pornography, sex work); Ethics (especially Kants and Kantian ethics); Philosophical foundations of human rights (especially the relationship between human dignity and human rights, mental capacity and human rights)
Thomas Khurana
Dr Thomas Khurana
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Kant and German Idealism; Post-Kantian European Philosophy; Critical Theory and French Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics and Aesthetics; Philosophy of Mind and Action; Projects: The Art of Second Nature; Self-Knowledge and Self-Objectification; The Politics of Life
Matthew Burch
Dr Matthew Burch
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Matt works on issues at the intersection of phenomenology; action theory; and research in the cognitive and social sciences.
Daniel Watts
Dr Daniel Watts
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Kierkegaard; Wittgenstein; The theory of judgement; Medical Humanities; Existentialism and phenomenology; Moral and political philosophy and; Philosophy of religion