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Matthias Rothe

German, Scandinavian & Dutch 328G FolH 9 Pleasant St SE

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"After all, what would be the value of the passion for knowledge if it resulted only in a certain amount of knowledgeableness and not, in one way or another and to the extent possible, in the knower's straying afield of himself? There are times in life when the question of knowing if one can think differently than one thinks, and perceive differently than one sees, is absolutely necessary if one is to go on looking and reflecting at all …" (Michel Foucault from: The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: p 8-9)


  • 18th-century political philosophy, philosophical and literary presentability of economic practices, Brechtian and contemporary theater


  • "Kant and Epictetus. Transformations of Imperial Stoicism": Rothe, Matthias, Rochester Institute of Technology Press, in: Epictetus: His Continuing Influences and Contemporary Relevance, Dane R. Gordon, David B. Suits (eds.) , 131-150, 2014.
  • "Sovereignty unchained and chained: Theorizing control through »sovereignty«": Rothe, Matthias, InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology, Vol. 4, No 2 (2013) pp. 27-58, 2013. Link
  • Kritik nach Kant. Foucaults und Adornos "Gute Endlichkeit": Rothe, Matthias, Helle Panke, Reihe: Philosophische Gespräche, Heft 30 40 pages, 2013. Link
  • "L'eau de l'hygiéne et l'eau de la prudence": Rothe, Matthias, Eds. Didier Francfort/Antoine Nivière, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, Culture des villes d'eau, 2011.
  • Review: Michel Foucault "Le courage de la vérité. Le gouvernement de soi et des autres II. Cours au Collège de France (1984)": Rothe, Matthias, Ancient Philosophy Volume 31/2 , 2011.
  • "Wie und zu welchem Zweck Foucault Marx gebraucht": Rothe, Matthias, Wilhem Fink, Der sich selbst entfremdete und wiedergefundene Marx. Eds. Birthe Löschenkohl, Falko Schmieder, Helmut Lethen, 193-203, 2010.
  • "Die Entstehung der Gefühle. Aspekte einer Geschichte des philosophischen Nachdenkens über die Affekte": Rothe, Matthias, Theater der Zeit, Koordinaten der Leidenschaft. Kulturelle Aufführungen von Gefühlen. Eds. Clemens Risi/Jens Roselt, 179-200, 2009.
  • Wissenschaftsgeschichte als Begriffsgeschichte. Terminologische Umbrüche im Entstehungsprozess der modernen Wissenschaften. Rothe, Matthias, Michael Eggers, Transcript, Co-Editor, 2009.
  • "Spontan. Modifikation eines Begriffs im 18. Jahrhundert": Rothe, Matthias, De Gruyter , Kulturen des Wissens im 18. Jahrhundert. Ed. Johannes Ulrich Schneider, 415-424, 2008.
  • Lesen und Zuschauen im 18. Jahrhundert. Die Erzeugung und Aufhebung von Abwesenheit. Rothe, Matthias, Königshausen & Neumann, Author, 2005.
  • Ritualisierte Tabuverletzung, Lachkultur und das Karnevaleske. Rothe, Matthias, Hartmut Schröder, P. Lang, Co-Editor, 2002.

Research Activities

  • Conference: Theorizing Crisis. The Conceptions of Economy of the Frankfurt School (1924-1969) : in collaboration with Bastian Ronge (Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin), March 28/2014 - March 30/2014
  • Conference Organisation with Thomas Bénatouïl, département de philosophie de l’Université Nancy 2. : Elements of Stoicism in Modern Thought. French-English-German, 07/03 2009 - 07/10 2009
  • Conference Organisation with Michael Eggers, University of Cologne, Department of German: Wissenschaftsgeschichte als Begriffgeschichte/History of Science as a History of Concepts, 07/08 2006 - 07/10 2006

Professional Activities

  • Member: Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts
  • Co-Organizer of TEMS (Theorizing Early Modern Studies, research collaborative)


  • DAAD Visiting Professor, UT at Austin, January 2008 - May 2008
  • Research Fellow at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, January 2013 - March 2013

Courses Taught

  • Ger 4040/TH 3950 Play Brecht, Play Money (German Play, directing)
  • Ger 8001/CL 8910 Weimar Philosophy
  • Ger 5610 Understanding Kant
  • GER8820/CSDS 8990/FREN 8230: Adorno/Foucault. Forms of Critique
  • GSD 3451: Major Project Seminar
  • Ger 3104: Brecht's Twentieth Century
  • EMS 8250/GER 8820/HIST 8960 - The Historical Dimension of Modern Knowledge (co-taught with JB Shank)
  • Ger 8820: The Formation of Modern Ethics in Kant and Adam Smith
  • Ger 4040: German Play: Dada Revue, directing
  • Germ 3512: German Culture and Civilization 1700 to the Present
  • Germ 3510: The Worker in Art, Politics & Philosophy
  • Germ 5610: Modernity through the Eyes of Walter Benjamin
  • Ger 1905: The Secret Code of Acting. A Brief History of Acting Techniques
  • Germ 3104W: The Dangerousness of Literature
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