Karen Ng will be joining the CPKP as Senior Fellow in the Academic Year 2022-23

In the academic year 2022-23, Karen Ng will be joining the CPKP as Senior Fellow. Karen will arrive early in 2023 and will work on a new project entitled “Species-Being: Ethical Life and Social Critique”. She will return in 2024 and 2025 for shorter visits to continue to work on that project. With this project, Karen aims to explore and reconsider the concept of species-being (Gattungswesen) as a framework for contemporary social critique, focusing on problems that arise within capitalism as a form of ethical life. With Karen Ng joining us, there will be three fellows at the Center working on issues related to a reactualization of Marx’s critical philosophy. Our international summer conference in 2023 will make use of this opportunity and explore new perspectives on Marx.

Karen Ng is currently an associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European philosophy, focusing in particular on Hegel, German idealism, Marx, and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. Her book, Hegel’s Concept of Life: Self-Consciousness, Freedom, Logic is published with Oxford University Press (2020). It received the Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize in 2021.

We are thrilled to welcome Karen in Potsdam next year!