Areas of Competence & Interest

The history of Marxism

Any historian of philosophy with an interest in Marx also has a natural interest in the further developments of Marxism. While I am especially competent with regards to Friedrich Engels (on whom I wrote my Master’s thesis), considered both as the collaborator of Marx and as an independent thinker, I am also broadly knowledgeable in the history of Marxist theory as such. It should be said, however, that my interest lies primarily with the German speaking Marxists of the first half of the 20th century as well as the Bolsheviks (Lenin especially), not so much with continental Marxism and post- and neo-Marxist developments in the late 20th century.

History of philosophy and philosophy of history

I am generally interested in the relationship between the practice of the history of philosophy on the one hand and different philosophies and philosophical conceptions of history on the other. I think it is a core requirement of any historian of philosophy that they are well-versed in the philosophy of history and that they are consciouss of the philosophical potency of their own role as historians of philosophy.

History of poltical theory

Whether moving in the realm of Plato’s Republic, Hobbes’s Leviathan, or Rousseau’s The Social Contract, I can comfortably hold my own within the general field of what could be called ‘classic’ or historical political philosophy. Anything newer than Rawls it outside my purview, however.

Critical theory and Continental philosophy

I am relatively well-versed in the critical theory of especially the Frankfurt School, and also Walter Benjamin (to the extent that he is not a part of the former). In Continental philosophy, I have some knowledge of phenomenology, mainly Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I also know my post-structuralists, especially Foucault.

Philosophy of science

I am generally knowledgeable when it comes to philsophy of science and methodology, especially for the social sciences. In 2016-17, I taught philosophy of science as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

Digital humanities

I am learning the statistical software programming language R, and I am interested in applying text-as-data and automated content analysis techniques to research in the humanities and political theory. Currently, I am working with my good friend, Benjamin Carl Krag Egerod, on a project on applying Structural Topic Modeling and other automated content analysis techniques to Marx’s Capital.

Misc.

As any academic, I am also interested in stuff way outside my field. For me, that includes a lot of historical topics, e.g. the early American republic (especially the life and works of Thomas Jefferson), the history of the Ottoman Empire, and Roman history. I am also really interested in learning more about the Holy Roman Empire as well as Early Renaissance Italy.

I am generally fascinated by the institutionalisation of systems of thought. Some examples could be the role of Marxism in the Eastern Bloc, the promotion of Hegelianism in Prussia, or of Aristotelianism in medieval Scholasticism.

I am also very fascinated by attempts to establish completely new forms of society: The American Revolution, the October Revolution, the Fascist states of 1930s and 40s Europe — these are all examples of peoples trying to establish more or less competely new or fresh states or ways of life vastly different from our own.

I am also very interested in Scandinavian cultural history. While a bleeding Marxist on the outside, I am really a conservative national-romantic on the inside, completely in love with Norse mythology, ancient stone dolmen and burial mounds, and Norse literature like the Icelandic Sagas. I also absolutely love Danish Golden Age poetry and art.

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