Christian Lotz

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Christian Lotz (born 21 February 1970 in Wuppertal) is a German-American philosopher currently teaching at Michigan State University. Lotz's work primarily focuses on 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy (esp. German Philosophy), Continental Aesthetics, Critical Theory, Marxism, Philosophy of Culture, and Philosophical Anthropology.

Academic career[edit]

Lotz earned his M.A. in Philosophy, sociology, and art history at Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg (1997) before going on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy at Philipps University of Marburg (Germany) in 2002. He was also an Emory University Research Fellow from 2000-2002. Previously, Lotz taught at Seattle University and The University of Kansas before going on to teach at Michigan State University. In 2011 he was a DAAD visiting professor at Brandenburg University of Technology.


  • Ding und Verdinglichung. Technik- und Sozialphilosophie nach Heidegger und der kritischen Theorie, Christian Lotz, Hans Friesen, Markus Wolf, and Jakob Meier (eds.), München: Fink 2012
  • From Affectivity to Subjectivity. Husserl’s Phenomenology Revisited, London: Palgrave 2008
  • Vom Leib zum Selbst. Kritische Analysen zu Husserl and Heidegger, Freiburg: Alber 2005
  • Phenomenology and the Non‐Human Animal. At the Limits of Experience, Christian Lotz and Corinne Painter (eds.), Contributions to Phenomenology, Dordrecht: Springer 2007
  • Erinnerung. Philosophische Positionen, Perspektiven und Probleme, Christian Lotz, T.Wolf, and W.Ch. Zimmerli (eds.), München: Fink 2004
  • Subjektivität ‐ Verantwortung ‐ Wahrheit. Neue Aspekte der Phänomenologie Edmund Husserls, Christian Lotz and D. Carr (eds.), Frankfurt/M.: Lang 2002.
  • Philosophie als Denkwerkzeug. Zur Aktualität transzendentalphilosophischer Argumentation, Christian Lotz, M. Götze, K. Pollok, and D. Wildenburg (eds.), Würzburg: Königshausen&Neumann

Selected Essays[edit]

  • “Distant Presence. Representation, Painting and Photography in Gerhard Richter’s Reader,” Symposium. Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy 1/2012, 87-111
  • “Warentausch und Technik als Schematisierung von Gegenständlichkeit bei Adorno und Heidegger,“ in Ding und Verdinglichung. Technik- und Sozialphilosophie nach Heidegger und der kritischen Theorie, ed. Hans Friesen, Christian Lotz, Jakob Meier and Markus Wolf, München: Fink 2012, 191-211
  • “Poetry as Anti-Discourse. Formalism, Hermeneutics, and the Poetics of Paul Celan,” Continental Philosophy Review, 4/2011, 491-510.
  • “The Photographic Attitude. Barthes with Husserl,” in Phenomenology, Archaeology, Ethics: Current Investigations of Husserl's Corpus, ed. Sebastian Luft and Pol Vandevelde, Continuum 2010, 152-167.
  • “Representation or Sensation? A Critique of Deleuze’s Philosophy of Painting,” Symposium. Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy, 13/1, 2009, 59-73.
  • “Im-Bilde-sein: Husserls Phänomenologie des Bildbewusstseins,” in Das Bild als Denkfigur. Funktionen des Bildbegriffs in der Philosophiegeschichte von Platon bis Nancy, ed. Sabine Neuber, München: Fink 2010, 167-181.
  • “Depiction and Plastic Perception. A Critique of Husserl’s Theory of Picture Consciousness,” in Continental Philosophy Review, 2/2007, 171-185.
  • “Existential Idealism? Fichte and Heidegger,” in Epoché, Vol. 12, 1/2007, 109-135.
  • “Responsive Life and Speaking To the Other. A Phenomenological Interpretation of Book One of Augustine’s Confessions,” in Augustinian Studies, 37/1, 2006, 89-109.
  • “The Events of Morality and Forgiveness: Kant and Derrida,” in Research in Phenomenology, 36/2006, 255-273.
  • “Non-Epistemic Self-Awareness. On Heidegger’s Reading of Kant’s Practical Philosophy,” in Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology, Vol 36, No. 1, 2005.
  • “Recollection, Mourning and the Absolute Past: Husserl, Freud and Derrida,” in New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, Vol.3, Nr. 4, 2004, 121-141.

Awards and Distinctions[edit]

Lotz was awarded the Teacher‐Scholar Award from the Office of the Provost at Michigan State University in 2009. He received two fellowships: The DFG Fellowship from the German Science Foundation (1999‐2002) and a Young Scholar Fellowship from Land Hessen (1997‐99).

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