Sophie Loidolt



Staff Members (PostDoc)

Gerhard Thonhauser (since 2019)

Philipp Schmidt (2018-2021)

Christian Sternad (2018-2019)

Visiting Researchers

Jing Zhang, Doktorand an der Sun Yat-Sen Universität, Guangzhou, China. Dissertationsprojekt: „Adolf Reinachs Rechtsphänomenologie“ (Okt. 2019 – April 2021)

Adrian Bueno Junquero, Doktorand U.N.E.D Universität, Madrid, Spanien. Dissertationsprojekt: „Eine Phänomenologie des Eigentums“ (Aug. 2018 – Jan 2019)

PhD Candidates

Cengiz Kotan (since 2021): “‘Neighbourhood’: A contribution to Heideggerian social ontology”

Yan He (since 2020): “Eine Analyse der personalen Habitualität in der Phänomenologie Edmund Husserls”

Margarita Varava (since 2018): „The political via negativa in Western democracies: challenging political rationality and the notion of truth“

Student Assistants

Luis Basler (since 2021)

Matthias Heß (since 2021)

Sven Thomas (2018-2021)

Julia Zaenker (2018-2021)

Lecture Series, Workshops, Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming

Lecture- and Workshop-Series: Practical Philosophy and Phenomenology (TU Darmstadt)

  • [postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic]: Prof. Dr. Christian Volk (FU Berlin): titel to be announced
  • [postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic]: Ass. Prof. Dr. Tereza Matějčková (Karlsuniversität Prag): „Gibt es eine Welt in Hegels Phänomenologie?“
  • 8/9 April 2021: Dr. Gerhard Thonhauser (TU Darmstadt): “Being and Time. A Systematic Commentary” (book project)
  • 16/17 January 2020: Prof. Dr. Julian Hanich (University Groningen): “Collective Viewing, Joint Deep Attention and the Ongoing Value of the Cinema”
  • 11/12 July 2019: Prof. Dr. Oliver Marchart (Wien): “Demokratie demokratisieren. Zur Geschichte und Zukunft radikaler Demokratie”
  • 1/2 November 2018: Prof. Dr. Inga Römer (Université Grenoble Alpes): “Das Begehren der reinen praktischen Vernunft. Kants Ethik in phänomenologischer Sicht”

Collaboration in the Project “Personal Identity at the Crossroads: Phenomenological, Genealogical, and Hegelian Perspectives”. Funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), 3 years, start of project 2018, PI: Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Jakub Čapek (Charles University Prague)

  • 12 June 2020: “Normative Frameworks of Personal Identity”, International Workshop, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 8/9 November 2019: “Phenomenology and Personal Identity II”, International Philosophical Conference, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 24 May 2019: „The I that is We and the We that is I“, International Workshop, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 7/8 June 2018: „The Idem-Ipse-Distinction Revisited“, International Philosophical Colloquium, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 29/30 November 2018: „“Phenomenology and Personal Identity”, International Philosophical Conference, Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Past Events

February 11, 2020: “Levinas Day” and keynote by Peter Zeillinger (University of Vienna): “Saying the Unsayable: But how? Levinas Struggle for a Language of Alterity“.

Peter Zeillinger works in the field of philosophy and theology, focusing on poststructuralism and deconstruction, as well as French contemporary political philosophy (Derrida, Levinas, Badiou, Agamben, Foucault).

At the „Levinas Day“, philosophy students from TU Darmstadt and Kassel University presented and discussed topics from Emmanuel Levinas two seminal works “Totality and Infinity” and “Otherwise than Being” together with Peter Zeillinger and Sophie Loidolt.

(Organizers: Sophie Loidolt, Sven Thomas, Lennart Goetsch)

Lecture Series Winter 2019/2020: Experiencing the Public Sphere

The public sphere has undergone a massive structural change through social media and the “Web 2.0.” New technologies have given rise to novel forms of communication, interaction, and opinion-building. With these structural changes, experiences of the public and of being in the public have changed. The public is now globalized as well as personalized like never before. Participation and interaction have never been so easy, but go hand in hand with rising concerns about being manipulated, tracked, or being caught in a bubble. These novel practices and the experiences invoked by them continue to blur and reconfigure the classic distinctions between the public and the private, the real and the virtual, as well as the economic, the social and the political—and often simultaneously.

The lecture series throws a new light on the history of 20th century theories of the public sphere as one of the pivotal pillars of our democracies (Hannah Arendt, John Dewey, Jürgen Habermas, Richards Sennett, Neil Postman etc.). Furthermore, it aims at addressing today’s challenges. By invoking Oskar Negt’s and Alexander Kluge’s book “Public Sphere and Experience” from 1972, a focus on experiencing the public sphere and public space shall be taken. On the one hand, this allows to reclaim the public realm as a space of experience, practice, and interaction, in addition to its conceptualization as an institutional structure or information system. On the other hand, this urges us to thematize material, bodily, technological, discursive, political, economic, hegemonic etc. conditions of experience that shape public spheres and that may function as mechanisms of in- and exclusion.

Last but not least, the focus on “public sphere and experience” also raises questions concerning the actions, the emotions, and the episteme classic and new public settings allow for: How are forms of (collective) action experienced and reflected, given that potentially unlimited outreach is limited by a merciless economy of attention? What are the impacts of public spheres and “counterpublics” that pop up, become “viral,” and quickly vanish again? How do acting persons appear and how important is face-to-face interaction? Can a unique “who” ever appear in the quantified world of “likes” or will it always be a distorting objectified, commercialized image, a “what”? How do digital environments shape epistemic attitudes (what can we know and how?), doxic positions (how do we form opinions?), and strategic practices (how do we act/mobilize?)? What are the forms of “feeling together” on the internet? How important is trust when truth becomes a contested issue?

Lecture Series in the Seminar „Black Mirror:

Thought Experiments on New Technologies: Ethical and Political Questions and the Mind-Body-Problem,” Winter Semester 2018/19, TU Darmstadt