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Dr Thomas Khurana

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School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Thomas Khurana

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Biography

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 2019/20 at the Department of Philosophy at Yale to finalize this 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 Negativität: Kunst - Recht - Politik (Suhrkamp, 2018). 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 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.

Qualifications

  • Dipl.-Psych. (FU Berlin)

  • Dr. phil. (University of Potsdam)

  • Dr. phil. habil. (Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

"Natürlich zugleich und übernatürlich: Die Ästhetisierung der zweiten Natur und die Rolle der Kunst", Talk at the Department of Philosophy, University of Greifswald, July 6, 2019

Invited presentation, University of Greifswald, 6/7/2019

"The Life of Self-Consciousness", Talk at the Conference "Forms of Nature in Classical German Philosophy", University of Padova, July 4-5, 2019

Invited presentation, https://www.rethinkingnature.com/workshops.html, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, 5/7/2019

Was ich weiß, weil ich es tue. Zum praktischen Charakter des Selbstwissens, Talk at the University of Potsdam, June 5, 2019

Invited presentation, University of Potsdam, 5/6/2019

A Fantastic Animal: Three Varieties of Naturalism in Nietzsche, Talk in the Post-Kantian Seminar, Oxford, May 22, 2019.

Invited presentation, Post-Kantian Seminar, https://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/event/post-kantian-european-philosophy-seminar-tuesday-week-4-tt19, Oxford University, 22/5/2019

A Fantastic Animal: Three Varieties of Naturalism in Nietzsche, presentation in the Nietzsche Seminar, Birkbeck University, London, May 17, 2019.

Invited presentation, Nietzsche Seminar, London, United Kingdom, 17/5/2019

"Driving around alone at night: A case for a theory of action?", talk at the conference “Self-Opacity, Ethics, and Agency” (Yale University), April 5, 2019

Invited presentation, “Self-Opacity, Ethics, and Agency”, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, United States, 5/4/2019

"On the Couch: Franz West and Sigmund Freud," Workshop at the Tate Modern, March 18, 2019 (https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/franz-west/on-couch-franz-west-and-freud)

Invited presentation, Workshop at the Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 18/3/2019

"The Art of Second Nature," talk at the Department of Philosophy, UC Riverside, March 8, 2019

Invited presentation, Talk at the Department of Philosophy, UC Riverside, Department of Philosophy, Riverside, United States, 8/3/2019

"Self-Knowledge and Self-Objectification in Kant," Lecture in the School Seminar, SPAH, University of Essex, January 24, 2019

Invited presentation, Lecture in the School Seminar, SPAH, SPAH, Colchester, United Kingdom, 24/1/2019

"The Irony of Self-Consciousness: Hegel and Derrida," Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, January 18,2019

Invited presentation, Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, Department of Philosophy, New York, United States, 18/1/2019

Autonomy: The Spontaneity and the Receptivity of Freedom, Keynote at the Conference "Spontaneity and Autonomy", FAGI, University of Leipzig, January 3-5, 2019

"Spontaneity and Autonomy", FAGI, University of Leipzig, January 3-5, 2019, FAGI, University of Leipzig, 4/1/2019

"The Irony of Self-Consciousness", Talk at the Conference "Parallax", Hochschule für Philosophie München, Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018

Invited presentation, Parallax: The Dependence of Reality on Its Subjective Constitution, Hochschule für Philosophie München, 1/12/2018

"Self-knowledge and Knowledge of Nature: On the Speculative Character of their Identity", Talk at the Conference "Self-consciousness and Objectivity", University of Chicago, October 5-7, 2018

Invited presentation, Self-Consciousness and Objectivity, Franke Institute, Chicago, United States, 6/10/2018

The Struggle for Recognition and the Authority of the Second Person, Humboldt-Kolleg at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale, Sept 27-28, 2018, see: https://recognitionandthesecondperson.weebly.com

The Struggle for Recognition and the Authority of the Second Person, Humboldt-Kolleg, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, United States, 27/9/2018

"Freedom’s Tendency to Get Ahead of Itself and Fall Short", Interview with 3ammagazine, Aug 25, 2018, https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/freedoms-tendency-to-get-ahead-of- itself-and-fall-short-etc/

Invited presentation, 25/8/2018

Becoming One’s Own Object: Kant on the Objectivity of Self-Consciousness, Talk at the Conference "Transparency and Apperception", Ryerson University, May 12, 2018

Invited presentation, Conference "Transparency and Apperception", Ryerson University, May 12, 2018, http://www.selfknowledge.ca/ta/, Prof. David Hunter, Toronto, Canada, 12/5/2018

Desire and Practical Self-Consciousness in Kant and Hegel, Talk at the New York German Idealism Workshop, April 27, 2018

New York German Idealism Workshop, April 27, 2018, New York, United States, 27/4/2018

Kant on the Art of Second Nature, Presentation, Yale Faculty Lunch, April 20, 2018

Presentation, Yale Faculty Lunch, April 20, 2018, New Haven, United States, 20/4/2018

Kant and the Idea of Aesthetic Education, Lecture at Clark University, March 22, 2018

Lecture at Clark University, March 22, 2018, Prof. Naomi Fisher, Worcester, United States, 22/3/2018

Desire and Practical Self-Consciousness in Kant and Hegel, Lecture in the 2017-18 Colloquium Series, Department of Philosophy, Brandeis University

Invited presentation, Waltham, United States, 9/3/2018

Das ganze Thier »Mensch«: Drei Arten von Naturalismus in Nietzsches Moralphilosophie, Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, FU Berlin, February 19, 2018

Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, FU Berlin, February 19, 2018, Berlin, Germany, 19/2/2018

Das Leben der Freiheit, Book Symposium in the Research Colloquium Critical Theory, HU Berlin, January 11, 2018

Book Symposium in the Research Colloquium Critical Theory, HU Berlin, January 11, 2018, Prof. Rahel Jaeggi, Berlin, Germany, 11/1/2018

"Natuerlich zugleich und uebernatuerlich": Goethe on the Art of Second Nature, Lecture at the Symposium Goethe and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, 12/19/2017

Invited presentation, Lecture at the Symposium Goethe and Philosophy, 19/12/2017

The Life of Self-Consciousness, Lecture at the Conference "German Classical Philosophy and Naturalism", Georgetown University, 12/14/2017

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Lecture at the Conference "German Classical Philosophy and Naturalism", Georgetown University, 14/12/2017

The Life of Form, Lecture at the Conference "Ways of Being Bound: Normativity from Kant to Heidegger", Universidad de Navarra, 11/02/2017

Invited presentation, Lecture at the Conference "Ways of Being Bound: Normativity from Kant to Heidegger", Universidad de Navarra, 2/11/2017

The Art of Second Nature, Lecture at the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Glodsmiths University, 06/21/2017

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Lecture at the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University, 21/6/2017

Die Stufe der Differenz: Zur zweiten Natur der buergerlichen Gesellschaft nach Kant und Hegel, Lecture at the Conference of the International Hegel Association, Rathaus Stuttgart, 06/15/2017

Invited presentation, Lecture at the Conference of the International Hegel Association, Rathaus Stuttgart, 15/6/2017

"Ohne die Kunst aber ist der Gegenstand ein Stueck Natur": Zur Ästhetik der zweiten Natur nach Hegel, Wittgenstein und Adorno, Lecture at the Departmental Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Lucerne, 04/25/2017

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Lecture at the Departmental Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Lucerne, University of Lucerne, 25/4/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Freud and the Philosophy of the Unconscious (PY419)

  • Research in Critical Theory (PY450)

  • Hegel (PY933)

Publications

Journal articles (14)

Khurana, TS., Review of Katrin Flikschuh and Lea Ypi (eds.), Kant and Colonialism: Historical and Critical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2014, 254pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 0199669627. Notre Dame Philosophical Review. 2015.08

Khurana, T., (2019). Johannes-Georg Schülein. Metaphysik und ihre Kritik bei Hegel und Derrida. Hamburg: Meiner, 2016.. Hegel-Studien. 52, 254-260

Khurana, T., (2019). Die Wiederkehr des Problems in seiner Lösung. Zu Rahel Jaeggis Kritik von Lebensformen. Philosophisches Jahrbuch. 126 (1), 117-132

Khurana, T., (2019). ‘I do not cognize myself through being conscious of myself as thinking’: Self-knowledge and the irreducibility of self-objectification in Kant. Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 49, 1-24

Khurana, TS., (2018). Die Kunst der zweiten Natur und die andere Natur der Kunst. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie. 66 (3), 339-361

Khurana, TS., (2018). Schwerpunkt: Die Ästhetik der zweiten Natur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie. 66 (3), 321-324

Khurana, T., (2017). Recht auf Rechte: Zur Naturalisierung und Politisierung subjektiver Rechte. Rechtsphilosophie - Zeitschrift fuer Grundlagen des Rechts. 3 (1), 15-30

Khurana, T., (2016). Die Kunst der zweiten Natur: Zu einem modernen Kulturbegriff nach Kant, Schiller und Hegel. WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift fuer Sozialforschung. 13 (1), 35-55

Khurana, T., (2016). Versuch ueber die Veraenderung. Zu Breaking Bad. WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift fuer Sozialforschung. 13 (2), 25-52

Khurana, TS., (2016). Review of Mark Alznauer: Hegel’s Theory of Responsibility. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 230 S., ISBN: 978-1-107-07812-3. International Yearbook of German Idealism. 12 (2014), 330-336

Khurana, T., (2014). Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing. Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction, by Catherine Malabou, transl. with an introduction by C. Shread, with a new afterword by the author, foreword by C. Crocker. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010, 136 pages. I. European Journal of Philosophy. 22, e16-e21

Khurana, T., (2013). Impuls und Reflexion: Aporien der Moralphilosophie und die Moral der Aporien nach Adorno. Zeitschrift fuer kritische Theorie. 36/37, 60-82

Khurana, T., (2013). Kant, Heidegger und das Verhaeltnis von Repraesentation und Abstraktion. Zeitschrift fuer Aesthetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft. 58 (2), 203-224

Khurana, T., (2013). Paradoxes of Autonomy: On the Dialectics of Freedom and Normativity. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. 17 (1), 50-74

Books (1)

Khurana, T., (2017). Das Leben der Freiheit: Form und Wirklichkeit der Autonomie. Suhrkamp. 3-518-29798-8. 978-3-518-29798-8

Book chapters (13)

Khurana, T., (2019). Breaking Bad. In: Zeitlichkeit und Materialitaet. Editors: Engel, J., Gebhardt, M. and Kirchmann, K., . Transcript. 129- 157. 978-3-8376-3850-9

Khurana, TS., (2018). The Self-Determination of Force: Desire and Practical Self-Consciousness in Kant and Hegel. In: Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism. Editors: Emundts, D. and Sedgwick, S., . De Gruyter. 179- 204. 978-3-11-057980-2

Khurana, TS., (2018). Politics of Second Nature. On the Democratic Dimension of Ethical Life. In: Philosophie der Republik. Editors: Stekeler-Weithofer, Pirmin and Zabel, Benno, . Mohr Siebeck. 422- 436. 978-3-16-154373-9

Khurana, TS., (2018). Jacques Derrida, Gesetzeskraft (1990). In: Geschichte des politischen Denkens: Das 20. Jahrhundert. Editors: Brocker, Manfred, . Suhrkamp Verlag. 757- 772. 978-3-518-29810-7

Khurana, T., Quadflieg, D., Rebentisch, J., Setton, D. and Raimondi, F., (2018). Einleitung. In: Negativität: Kunst – Recht – Politik. Editors: Khurana, T., Rebentisch, J., Quadflieg, D., Setton, D. and Raimondi, F., . Suhrkamp Verlag. 11- 42. 978-3-518-29867-1

Khurana, T., (2017). Bewusstsein des Lebens und lebendiges Selbstbewusstsein. Anmerkungen zu einem Uebergang in Hegels Phaenomenologie des Geistes. In: Selbstbewusstes Leben: Texte zu einer transformativen Theorie der menschlichen Subjektivitaet. Editors: Kern, A. and Kietzmann, C., . Suhrkamp. 353- 388. 978-3-518-29797-1

Khurana, T., (2017). Das Leben der Form. Praktische Vernunft nach Kant und Hegel. In: Black Box Leben. Editors: Muhle, M. and Voss, C., . August Verlag. 105- 136. 978-3-941360-44-0

Khurana, TS., (2017). Deconstruction. In: The Habermas Handbook. Editors: Brunkhorst, Hauke, Kreide, Regina and Lafont, Christina, . 170- 177. 9780231166423

Khurana, T., (2016). "The Common Root of Meaning and Nonmeaning": Derrida, Foucault and the Transformation of the Transcendental Question. In: Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later: The Futures of Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Politics. Editors: Custer, O., Deutscher, P. and Haddad, S., . Columbia University Press. 80- 104. 9780231171946

Khurana, T., (2015). "Die Gewohnheit des Rechten": Zur Wirklichkeit der Freiheit in Gestalt der zweiten Natur. In: Lebensform und Praxisform. Editors: Kertscher, J. and Mueller, J., . Mentis. 299- 318. 3957430380

Khurana, T., (2015). Which Metaphysics? Notes on the Modest and Reflexive Character of Karl Ameriks? Metaphysics. In: The New Desire for Metaphysics. Editors: Gabriel, M., Hogrebe, W. and Speer, A., . De Gruyter. 87- 92. 978-3-11-044129-1

Khurana, T., (2013). The Freedom of Life: An Introduction. In: The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives. Editors: Khurana, T., . August Verlag. 11- 30. 978-3-941360-21-1

Khurana, T., (2013). Life and Autonomy: Forms of Self-Determination in Kant and Hegel. In: The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives. Editors: Khurana, T., . August Verlag. 155- 193. 978-3-941360-21-1

Other (1)

Khurana, TS., (2018).Freedom’s Tendency to Get Ahead of Itself and Fall Short: An Interview by Richard Marshall. 3ammagazine

Grants and funding

2018

The Comedy of Political Philosophy. Democratic Citizenship, Political Judgment, and Ideals in Political Practice.

European Commission

Contact

t.khurana@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872712

Location:

5.104, Colchester Campus