Research Cluster

Critical Theory

We are the largest centre of research on Frankfurt School critical theory in the UK. Many of our staff and students are actively researching philosophers such as Adorno, Habermas and Honneth, as well as a range of related traditions. We regularly offer an MA module on the Frankfurt School and Critical Social Theory.

Themes include Habermas and deliberative democracy, commodification and the moral limits of markets and on realism in political philosophy and on social pathologies.

Critical Theory Colloquium

Every week during term time, academic staff and graduate students interested in critical theory meet at our Critical Theory Colloquium to discuss classic texts or recent work in critical theory, as well as their own works in progress. Readings for the Colloquium are available on Moodle.

Our members

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)
Lorna Finlayson
Dr Lorna Finlayson
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
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
Steven Gormley
Dr Steven Gormley
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Deconstruction; Critical Theory; Democratic Theory; Political Philosophy
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
Joerg Schaub
Dr Joerg Schaub
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Social and Political Philosophy (focus on contemporary theories and 19th century German authors); Frankfurt School and Contemporary Critical Theory; Aesthetics and Politics