Professor für Internationale Politische Theorie und Philosophie



Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Haus "Normative Ordnungen"
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, Raum 3.11
Karte des Campus Westend


Fragen zur Lehre:

 “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”  —  Walt Whitman, Preface, Leaves of Grass, 1855

I am a political philosopher/theorist working on normative issues. I’ve published on Marxism, Rawls, Global Justice, Just War Theory, Reconciliation, and other matters. Most (but not all) of my research currently is in three broad areas: Climate change and justice; the meaning and normative significance of the Anthropocene; and hope. I can supervise Bachelor theses in either German or English, but Master theses and Doctoral dissertations only in English.


Professional Bio

A Short Autobiography of my Career

The Examined Illness: A Philosophical Confession in Micro Essays (Unpublished).


In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit findet die Sprechstunde nach Vereinbarung statt.


Ellen Nieß

Tel: 069 / 798 - 31521
Fax: 069 / 798 - 31462 

Haus "Normative Ordnungen", Raum 3.12


Öffnungszeiten des Sekretariats für Studierende:

Mo - Fr

10 - 12 h