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BA., University of Oslo, Norway
MA., Columbia University
PhD., New School for Social Research

Espen Hammer is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. He has previously held professorships at the University of Oslo (Norway) and University of Essex (UK), and visiting professorships at the New School for Social Research and University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt. His main interests are in Kant and German Idealism, social and political philosophy, modern European philosophy, phenomenology, Critical Theory, and aesthetics.

Monographs in English:

  • Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary (Oxford: Polity Press, 2002).
  • Adorno and the Political (London and New York: Routledge, 2006).
  • Philosophy and Temporality from Kant to Critical Theory (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Adorno’s Modernism: Art, Experience, and Catastrophe (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Edited Volumes:

  • With Davide Sparti, Stanley Cavell: Die Unheimlichkeit des Gewöhnlichen (Frankfurt: Fischer Verlag, 2002).
  • German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
  • With Matthias Buschmeier, Pragmatismus und Hermeneutik: Studien zur Kulturpolitik Richard Rortys (Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2011).
  • Adorno: Critical Evaluations, 2 vols. (New York: Routledge, 2015).
  • With Axel Honneth and Peter Gordon, The Routledge Handbook to the Frankfurt School (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2016).
  • Kafka’s The Trial: Philosophical Perspectives (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • With Peter Gordon, The Blackwell Companion to Adorno (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).

Monographs in Scandinavian Languages:

  • Adorno (Oslo: Gyldendal, 2002).
  • Det indre mørke: Et essay om melankoli (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2004).
  • Anstendighet og revolt: Noen betraktninger omkring Dag Solstads forfatterskap (Oslo: Oktober, 2011).


  • Immanuel Kant, Kritik der Urteilskraft, translated into Norwegian (Oslo: Pax, 1995).

Recent Courses:

  • Heidegger’s Being and Time
  • Philosophy of Right: Kant, Hegel, Rawls
  • Thinking the Political: Arendt, Strauss, Schmitt, Habermas, Laclau
  • Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations
  • Machiavelli and the Italian Renaissance
  • Hegel’s Ethics
  • Existentialism
  • The Philosophy of Deep Ecology
  • Realism and Anti-Realism: Putnam, McDowell, Davidson, van Fraassen, Wright
  • Foucault: Philosophy and Social Theory
  • Kant’s Epistemology
  • Adorno on Modernity, Politics, and Aesthetics
  • Secularization and Modernity
  • Beckett and Philosophy