News

News and events for philosophers and everyone interested in the department.

Anger Gaslighting and Affective Injustice

June 24th, 2024 | 6:00 pm | in Frankfurt Campus Westend, IG 1.414

Shiloh Whitney (Fordham University)

Anger gaslighting is behavior that tends to make someone doubt herself about her anger. In this paper, I analyze the case of anger gaslighting, using it as a paradigm case to argue that gaslighting can be an affective injustice (not only an epistemic one). Drawing on Marilyn Frye, I introduce the concept of “uptake” as a tool for identifying anger gaslighting behavior (persistent, pervasive uptake refusal for apt anger). But I also demonstrate the larger significance of uptake in the study of affective injustice: just as the concept of credibility names the uniquely epistemic cooperative behavior whereby we take someone seriously as an epistemic being, the concept of uptake names the uniquely affective cooperative behavior whereby we take someone seriously as an affective being. I answer Miranda Fricker’s epistemic notion of a prejudicial credibility economy with the affective notion of prejudicial uptake economies: uptake, like credibility, can be produced in a deficit for one social group relative to a surplus for another; and anger gaslighting behavior is unjust wherever it tends to (re)produce these prejudicial uptake economies. The concept of uptake economies allows me to locate the injustice of anger gaslighting at the structural scale of power relationships between social groups, in the tradition of Iris Marion Young. In this I deviate from parallels with Fricker that would locate the injustice of epistemic injustice in prejudice in the motives or character of individuals, as well as from accounts that ground it in inaptness or maldistribution of affective goods.


Summer Colloquium 2024

Every Wednesday at 06:05 pm | S313/10
The lectures will be held in German.


As every year, the colloquium of the Institute of Philosophy will take place again in the summer semester 2024. Current research projects will be presented by Institute staff and invited guests.
The lectures of the summer colloquium take place on Wednesdays at 18:05 in seminar room S313/10 (Residenzschloss).

All interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Click here for the program


Lecture and workshop Jörg Sternagel (Constance): Auf dem Weg zu Anderen. Ethik der Alterität.

May 2nd, 2024 | S103/204
The lecture and workshop will be held in German.
Vortrag: Auf dem Weg zu Anderen. Erkundungen des Medialen.


Wie lässt sich das Mediale erkunden? Indem alle den Anderen, den sie umgebenden Menschen gegenüber ihre Position darlegen, sie entfalten, sie frei legen und durch sie aktivieren. Entre-tenir (unter-halten)?

The lecture starts at 6:05 pm in the room S103/204

Workshop on the 3rd of May 2024 about the book Ethik der Alterität. Aisthetik der Existenz. The Workshop starts at 10 am in the room S315/206.

Mehr erfahren.


Lecture by Dr. Eva-Maria Düringer (Tübingen)

February 14th, 2024 | 1:30 pm | S103/123
The lecture will be held in German.

Im Rahmen des Seminars Iris Murdoch: Die Souveränität des Guten spricht Dr. Eva-Maria Düringer (Universität Tübingen) am 14.02.2024 von 13:30 bis 15:30 zum Thema Die Rolle des Persönlichen bei Murdoch und Weil.

Die Veranstaltung findet im HS S103/123 statt.

Frau Düringer ist Herausgeberin und Übersetzerin der deutschen Ausgabe von Die Souveränität des Guten, die im vergangenen Sommer erschienen ist. Sie hat intensiv zu Iris Murdochs Philosophie und insbesondere ihrer Rezeption von Simone Weil geforscht.

Zu diesem Vortrag mit anschließender Diskussion sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen!


InDebate: Darmstädter Tage für junge Phänomenologische Forschung

February 5th/6th, 2024
The conference will be held in German.


Der Arbeitsbereich für praktische Philosophie richtet am 05./06. Februar 2024 eine 'Nachwuchs'konferenz für phänomenologische Forschung aus. Die entsprechenden Informationen sind hier zu finden.


Lecture and workshop: Demokratischer Streit. Eine Phänomenologie des Politischen

November 23rd, 2023 | 6:05 pm | S313/215
The lecture will be held in German.

Vortrag von Steffen Hermann (Hagen):

Der Glaube an die Möglichkeit kollektiver Selbstregierung scheint heute angesichts populistischer und regressiver Politiken erloschen. Als Antwort auf diese Krise gilt es, Demokratie neu zu denken.

November 24th, 2023 | 10 am to 1 pm | S315/206
The workshop will be held in German.

Workshop

zum Buch Demokratischer Streit. Am folgenden Tag findet ein Workshop mit Steffen Herrmann statt. Dort wird dessen gleichnamiges Buch besprochen. Es ist hier aufrufbar.

Steffen Herrmann wird am 31. November und 01. Dezember außerdem zu Gast im Buchforum der Universität Wien sein. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Um Anmeldung nur für den Workshop! wird gebeten! philosophisches.institut@phil.tu-darmstadt.de

Mehr erfahren


Workshop & Lecture: Beseelte Tiere mit und von Kristian Köchy

Oktober 24th, 2023 | 6:15 pm to 8 pm | S313/215
The lecture will be held in German.


Vortrag: Ausdrucksgestalten. Die Brücke zum Tier

In seinem im Jahr 2022 erschienen Buch Beseelte Tiere Umwelten und Netzwerke der Tierpsychologie befasst sich Kristian Köchy mit einer Disziplin, die vor dem Hintergrund der modernen Verhaltensbiologie wie der Humanpsychologie abwegig erscheinen mag: der Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts entstandenen Tierpsychologie.

Oktober 24th, 2023 | 2:30pm to 4 pm | S315/206

Workshop: Workshop zum Buch Beseelte Tiere

Respondenzen: Sonja Daum (TU Darmstadt) und Marco Tamborini (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten. philosophisches.institut@phil.tu-darmstadt.de

Mehr erfahren


Talk: Affective Capacity • Potential Image of Atmosphere in Space

Tuesday, October 17th | 6:15 pm | S313/25

Serkan Can Hatıpoğlu works at the Eskişehir University of Technology in Turkey. His disciplinary affiliation is currently in architecture. His research interests focus on inspiration, creativity, different phases of the design process and advanced design methodologies. His ongoing studies are related to the character of atmospheres and atmospheric perception in architecture.

You can find out more about his work on the following pages Researchgate Google Scholar Website

He will present his work in the colloquium of Prof. Loidolt and Prof. Gehring. If you would like to attend, please contact (luis.basler@tu-darmstadt.de).

Further information


Ways of Worldmaking: Nelson Goodman and the Languages of Technology and Art

January 16th to 19th, 2024 in Oßmannstedt near Weimar

The fairly slim, yet enormously influential books Ways of Worldmaking (1984) and Languages of Art (1968/76) by Nelson Goodman offer a rich account of processes involved in constructing and creating reality. Pictures, descriptions, and notations; denotation and exemplification; truth and rightness; works and worlds; working and fitting — these notions are discussed with a concrete sensibility for abstract questions: how we do things (not only with words!) and what this implies for ontology and epistemology. Throughout, Goodman chips away at the philosophical prejudice that questions of truth and questions of worldmaking boil down to the problem of picturing, highlighting instead the procedural and creative aspects of worldmaking.

While Goodman discusses works of fine art, he does not — or only incidentally — consider works of technical art. Worldmaking and Goodman’s constructivism are confined to the ways in which one presents (darstellen) and represents (vorstellen) worlds, broadly conceived. Our workshop seeks to explore how we might extend this to artefactual worldmaking, to making and building and design. How does this implicate codes and notations and principles of composition, how does technology denote or exemplify, anticipate, project, or transform a world?

We are not looking for a series of fully worked-out lectures. Instead, we want to engage together in a creative re-reading of Goodman through the lens of the philosophy of technology. Therefore, we want to bring together experts in the philosophy of Goodman who are interested in the philosophy of technology, as well as philosophers of technology and philosophers of art who are curious to expand and refine our ideas of technological practice and the languages of people and things.

Organized by Ryan Wittingslow (Humboldt Fellow, TU Darmstadt and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Sabine Ammon (TU Berlin), Alfred Nordmann (TU Darmstadt) with Sadegh Mirzaei (Sharif University of Technology and TU Darmstadt)


Critical and Political Phenomenology in Debate (online)

In cooperation with the FernUniversität Hagen and the University of Cologne.

The online lecture series is intended to open a debate on critical and political phenomenology in which, on the one hand, methodological and content-related differences are to be worked out and, on the other hand, common goals are to be brought into view. In particular, the advantages and benefits of a critical-political phenomenology over constructivist and normative theories of the social and political will be discussed.

The invited speakers will each develop their concept of a critical and/or political phenomenology in a lecture. Each lecture will be accompanied by a response and then opened to public discussion: In this way, critical and political phenomenology will be “in debate.”

Hosted by Thomas Bedorf (Hagen), Thiemo Breyer (Cologne), Steffen Herrmann (Hagen) and Sophie Loidolt (Darmstadt).

Further information


Lecture and workshop: “Social normativity: continuity and uniqueness” NOT APPLICABLE!



Lecture and workshop “Logiken der Solidarität”

May, 11th, 2023 | 6:05 pm | S313/30
The lecture will be held in German.


Radikaldemokratische Überlegungen im Anschluss an die neuere Kritische Theorie, den Postfundamentalismus und den Alteritätsdiskurs.

Von und mit Matthias Flatscher (Würzburg/Wien)

Vortrag. Der Vortrag versucht, drei Positionen zur Solidarität für eine Demokratisierung der Demokratie herauszuarbeiten. Dabei wird ein „kooperatives“ (Jürgen Habermas/Rahel Jaeggi) von einem „postfundamentalistischen“ (Oliver Marchart) und einem „alteritätsorientierten“ (Judith Butler/Jacques Derrida) Verständnis von Solidarität abgegrenzt und die Vor- und Nachteile der jeweiligen Konzeptionen für ein Verständnis der Radikaldemokratie zur Diskussion gestellt.


May 12th, 2023 | 10 am to 1 pm | S315/206
The workshop will be held in German.


Workshop. Am folgenden Tag findet ein Workshop mit Matthias Flatscher statt. Dort wird dessen Manuskript “Konstellationen des Entzugs. Wege von der klassischen Phänomenologie zu Politiken der Alterität”besprochen.

Um Anmeldung – nur für den Workshop! – wird gebeten. luis.basler@tu-darmstadt.de

Mehr erfahren


Summer School “Animal Technologies”

October 9th to 13th, 2023

One of the first chapters in the history of technology concerns the domestication and breeding of animals, their technological deployment in agriculture, transport, mining, sacrificial rituals. At the same time, for hunters and gatherers, miners and urban dwellers alike, animals structured their technical practices and daily routines. Still today animal nature is harnessed, controlled, and transformed through technology, still today many human practices are shaped by our interactions with animals, and especially today we become aware of our co-dependency.

Further information / Program Flyer (opens in new tab)


Workshop (online) “Law in War: Phenomenological Perspectives”

Feb 10th, 2023

The workshop is open to all.
Please register at: to obtain the Zoom-link and the texts.

What is the experience of law in war? Is it the absence, suspension, or silence of law in face of unknown violence and a constant state of exception? Or does law remain an experience of everydayness in human interaction and a promise against war?

The workshop is structured around two initial texts written by Ukrainian philosophers and phenomenologists of law, Nataliia Satokhina and Oleksiy Stovba. Both contributions and discussions aim to focus on how phenomenological tools, concepts and methods can help us up approach and better understand the phenomenon of law in war. 

Further information