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Michael Weinman

PhD in Philosophy
The New School for Social Research
Michael Weinman is Professor of Philosophy at Bard College Berlin since 2013, after originally arriving as a Guest Professor in 2010. He is the author of three books, most recently, The Parthenon and Liberal Education, published in the SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy from SUNY Press in 2018, an investigation of the Parthenon as an education in the liberal arts co-authored with Bard College Berlin faculty member Geoff Lehman. His earlier books address the role of pleasure in Aristotle's ethical thought and the relevance of Virginia Woolf's experimentation with narrative for debates about subjectivity in continental philosophy, respectively. Michael also has published articles and book chapters on Ancient Greek science, especially mathematics, and its reception in 20th-century German philosophy and on themes in contemporary political philosophy. His current recent interests focus on Husserl's Crisis and the practical relevance of classical Phenomenology and the relevance of Arendt’s heterodox understanding of power and political violence for contemporary debates about populism and the challenges facing the liberal international order today.

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin:
Core Courses:
Early Modern Science
Forms of Love
Origins of Political Economy
Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors

Foundational and Advanced Modules:
Freedom of Expression
Constitutions, Ancient and Modern
Truth in Action: Ethics and Practical Reason
The Calculus and the "Mathematization of Nature"
Aristotle's (so-called) Organon
Character in Aristotle's PoeticsPolitics, and Rhetoric
Michel de Montaigne: Essays
The Violence in and of Political Life

General Teaching Interests:
Ancient Greek philosophy; Ethics and political philosophy; Philosophy and literature; 20th century Continental philosophy

  • Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. 2018. The Parthenon and Liberal Education. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Weinman, M. 2012. Language, Time and Identity in Woolf's The Waves: The Subject in Empire's Shadow. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Weinman, M. 2007. Pleasure in Aristotle's Ethics. London: Continuum Books.

Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Reed, I. and M. Weinman. 2018. “Power, Agency, Modernity: A Manifesto for Social Theory.” European Journal for Cultural and Political Sociology.
  • Weinman, M. 2017. “Arendt and the Legitimate Expectation for Hospitality and Membership Today.” Moral Philosophy and Politics (4:2), pp. 1-23.
  • Weinman, M. 2017. Rosen's Auseinandersetzung with Heidegger: On the occasion of Rosen (Andy German, ed.), Platonic Production (2014). Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal (37:2).
  • Weinman, M. 2015. Doing the impossible: The trace of the other between eulogy and deconstruction: Rereading Derrida's Work of Mourning. Philosophical Papers (44:2); 261-76. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2015.1056958)
  • Weinman, M. 2014. Metaphysics, Lam and the echo of Homer: First philosophy as a way of life. Philosophical Papers (43:1); 67-88. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2014.901695)
  • Weinman, M. 2011. Living well and sexual self-determination: Expanding human rights discourse about sex and sexuality. Law, Culture, and the Humanities 7:1; 101-20.
  • Weinman, M. 2006. State Speech vs. Hate Speech? What to Do about Words that Wound. Essays in Philosophy (7:1).
  • Weinman, M. 2001. Cultural Engendering and Points of Resistance: Foucault, Butler, and Sexual Subjectivities. International Studies in Philosophy (33:1; 123-143).
Book chapters
  • Weinman, M. 2018. "Husserl's reception of Classical Greek mathematics." In The Problem of Beginning, ed. Jesper Rasmussen. Berlin: Technical University.
  • Weinman, M. 2018. "Epic." In Palgrave Handbook on Philosophy and Literature, eds. Michael Mack and Barry Stocker. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. 2017. "Recursive knowledge procedures informing the design of the Parthenon." In Revolutions and Continuity in Ancient Greek Mathematics, eds. Serafina Cuomo and Michalis Sialaros. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Weinman, M. 2016. "Phronēsis after the post-metaphysical age: Aristotle and practical philosophy today." In Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein's Contributions to American Philosophy, eds. Marcia Morgan and Megan Craig. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
  • Weinman, M. 2016. "Aristotle's ergon as contingent foundation for civic republicanism today." In Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, Vol. 4. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Weinman, M. 2013. "Education: The ethical-political energeia." Bloomsbury Companion to Aristotle. London: Bloomsbury Books; pp. 263-76.
  • Weinman, M. 2009. "Making 'men see clearly': Physical imperfection and mathematical order in Ptolemy's Syntaxis." In: Ann Ward, ed. Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books; pp. 57-70.

Prof. Dr. Michael Weinman
Phone: +49 30 43733 222
Email: m.weinman[at]berlin.bard.edu