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Dr. Gerhard Thonhauser

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Lehrstuhl für Praktische Philosophie


Gerhard Thonhauser is research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the chair of practical philosophy at TU Darmstadt. From 2004-2010 he studied philosophy and political science at the University of Vienna. Graduation in philosophy with a thesis on the concept of temporality in Kierkegaard and Heidegger. Graduation in political science with a thesis on Judith Butler’s political theory. Several study and research stays at the University of Copenhagen. 2011-2012 DOC-scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). 2012-2016 research associate at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (chair for social and political philosophy). 2016 PhD in philosophy. 2017-2018 Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at Free University of Berlin.

Research Interests

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Emotions
  • Political Theory
  • 19th and 20th century philosophy
  • Social Ontology
  • Ethics

Recent Publications

  • “Emotional Sharing in Football Audiences”, gemeinsam mit Michael Wetzels, The Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 46 (2), 2019, 224-243.
  • “Feeling”, in: Jan Slaby and Christian von Scheve (eds.): Affective Societies – Key Concepts, London/New York: Routledge, 2019, 52-60.
  • „Heidegger and the affective (ungrounding) of politics“, gemeinsam mit Jan Slaby, in: Christos Hadjioannou (ed.): Philosophers in Depth: Heidegger on Affect, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019, 265-289.
  • “The Power of Public Assemblies: Democratic Politics following Butler and Arendt”, in: Thomas Bedorf and Steffen Herrmann (eds.): Political Phenomenology: Experience, Ontology, Episteme, New York: Routledge, 2019, 202-219.
  • “Collective Affordances”, gemeinsam mit Martin Weichold, Ecological Psychology, published online 2019, Nov. 26. DOI: 10.1080/10407413.2019.1695211
  • “Shared Emotions: A Steinian Proposal”, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 17 (5), 2018, 997-1015.