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Christian Emden
Professor
Professor of German Studies
 
e-mail:emden@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. German Intellectual History (2000) University of Cambridge, England, Cambridge, England
  • M.Phil. European Literature and Culture (1997) University of Cambridge, England, Cambridge, England
 
Primary Department
   Department of Classical and European Studies
   Department of German Studies
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Websites
 Politics, Law & Social Thought
 
Research Areas
 Modern Intellectual History and Political Thought History and Philosophy of Science European Politics and Political Thought
 
Teaching Areas
 German Intellectual History and Political Thought
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

“Die Normativität des Kapitals: Zur politischen Aktualität von Georg Simmels Philosophie des Geldes,” Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 9 (2015), 179-205.

 
 

“Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Biology, Naturalism, and Normativity,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (2016), 30-60.

 
 

“Land, Race, and Citizenship: The Political Spaces of Monumentalism in South Africa,” Anglia: Journal of English Philology 131/2-3 (2013), 314-53.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Constitutional Theory, 1928: Carl Schmitt and the Rechtsstaat," Telos 153 (Winter 2010), 179-92.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, and the Limits of Liberalism," Telos 142 (Spring 2008), 110-34.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "The Uneasy European: Nietzsche, Nationalism, and the Idea of Europe," Journal of European Studies 38 (2008), 27-51.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Theorizing the Political in Germany, 1890-1945: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Franz Neumann," European History Quarterly 38 (2008), 608-25. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Die Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen: Walter Benjamins 'Archäologie der Moderne'," KulturPoetik 6 (2006), 200-21.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Learning How to Read: Nietzsche in Leipzig," Oxford German Studies 35 (2006), 97-110.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Toward a Critical Historicism: History and Politics in Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation," Modern Intellectual History 3 (2006), 1-31. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "'Stückwerk': Sammlung und Geschichte bei Walter Benjamin," Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 73 (1999), Sonderheft, Wege deutsch-jüdischen Denkens im 20. Jahrhundert, eds. Gerhart von Graevenitz and David E. Wellbery, pp.69-91.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Pro Memoria: Max Frischs Poetik des Todes," Oxford German Studies 30 (2001), 133-56.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Sprache, Musik und Rhythmus: Nietzsche über die Ursprünge von Literatur," Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 121 (2002), 208-30. 

 
 Books
 

Nietzsche’s Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). Paperback 2011. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Walter Benjamins Archäologie der Moderne: Kulturwissenschaft um 1930 (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2006). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Nietzsche on Language, Consciousness, and the Body (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2005). 

 
 Editor of books
 

Christian J. Emden and Keith Ansell-Pearson (eds.), Nietzsche and the Ethics of Naturalism, special issue of Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (University Park, Pa.: Penn State University Press, 2016).

 
 

Uwe Steiner, Martin Vöhler, and Christian J. Emden (eds.), Humanism and Revolution: The Eighteenth Century and Its Transatlantic Legacy (Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2015).

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Beyond Habermas: Democracy, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, 2012).

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Changing Perceptions of the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, 2012).

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Beyond Habermans: Democracy, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, forthcoming in 2012).

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Changing Perceptions of the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, forthcoming in 2012). 

 
 

Uwe Steiner, Martin Vöhler, and Christian J. Emden (eds.), Humanism and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century Europe and its Transatlantic Legacy (Heidelberg: Carl Winter, forthcoming in 2012). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden and Gabriele Rippl (eds.), ImageScapes: Studies in Intermediality (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010).

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Catherine Keen, and David Midgley (eds.), Imagining the City (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006), 2 vols. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Science, Technology, and the German Cultural Imagination (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Fragile Traditions: Cultural Memory and Historica Consciousness in the German-Speaking World since 1500 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), German Literature, History, and the Nation (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004). 

 
 Book chapters
 

Christian J. Emden, “Constitutionalizing the Public Sphere: Habermas and the Modern State,” in Bernd Fischer and May Mergenthaler (eds.), Cultural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 121-54.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, “Nietzsches Katharsis: Von der Tragödientheorie zur Anthropologie der Macht,” in Martin Vöhler and Daniela Maria Schönle (eds.), Katharsis in Wien um 1900 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming in 2016). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, “On Natural Beings: Nietzsche and Philosophical Naturalism,” in Manuel Dries (ed.), Nietzsche on Consciousness and the Embodied Mind (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming in 2016).

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Uwe Steiner, and Martin Vöhler, “Humanism and Revolution: Notes on Eighteenth-Century Europe and Its Transatlantic Legacy,” in Uwe Steiner, Martin Vöhler, and Christian J. Emden (eds.), Humanism and Revolution: The Eighteenth Century and Its Transatlantic Legacy (Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2015), pp. 9-53

 
 

“Political Realism Naturalized: Nietzsche on the State, Morality, and Human Nature,” in Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll (eds.), Nietzsche as Political Philosopher (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014), pp. 313-44.

 
 

“Postnational Constellations? Political Citizenship and the Modern State,” in Robert Nichols and Jakeet Singh (eds.), Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context: Dialogues with James Tully (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 121-43.

 
 

“Nietzsche, Kant, and Teleology,” in Karl Ameriks, Nicholas Boyle, and Liz Disley (eds.), The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought, Volume I. Philosophy and Natural Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 166-90.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, “Uncertain Things, Visually Enhanced: On the Production of Epistemic Images,” in Ian Cooper and Bernhard Malkmus (ed.), Dialectic and Paradox: Configurations of the Third in Modernity (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 167-92. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, ""Epistemic Publics: On the Trading Zones of Knowledge," in Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Beyond Habermas: Democracy, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, 2012), pp. 63-86. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley, "Beyond Habermas? From the Bourgeois Public Sphere to Global Publics," in Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Beyond Habermas: Democracy, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, 2012), pp. 1-16

 
 

Christian J. Emden and David Midgley, "Changing Perceptions of the Public Sphere?" in Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Changing Perceptions of the Public Sphere (New York: Berghahn, 2012), pp. 1-11.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Anthropologien der Gewalt bei Friedrich Nietzsche und Norbert Elias," in Friederike Günther, Angela Holzer, and Enrico Müller (eds.), Zur Genealogie des Zivilisationsprozesses (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010), pp.107-33.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Scanned Brains, Dyed Bacteria, and Magnified Flies: On Scientific Images and Things," in Christian J. Emden and Gabriele Rippl (eds.), ImageScapes: Studies in Intermediality (Oxford: Peter Land, 2010), pp.67-94.

 
 

Christian J. Emden and Gabriele Rippl, "Image, Text and Simulation," in Christian J. Emden and Gabriele Rippl (eds.), ImageScapes: Studies in Intermediality (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), pp.1-18.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Nation, Identität, Gedächtnis: Überlegungen zur Geschichtlichkeit des Politischen," in Michael C. Frank and Gabriele Rippl (eds.), Arbeit am Gedächtnis: Für Aleida Assmann (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2007), pp.63-86.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Netz," in Ralf Konersmann (ed.), Wörterbuch der philosophischen Metaphern (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2007), pp.248-60.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Epistemische Phantasmen: Über unendliche Räume und die Macht des Imaginären in den 'exakten Wissenschaften'," in Rudolf Behrens and Jörn Steigerwald (eds.), Die Macht und das Imaginäre: Eine kulturelle Verwandtschaft in der Literatur zwischen Früher Neuzeit und Moderne (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2005), pp.105-24. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Epistemische Konstellationen: Gehirne, Telegraphen und die Netzwerke des Wissens um 1900," in Jürgen Barkhoff, Hartmut Böhme, and Jeanne Riou (eds.), Netzwerke: Eine Kulturtechnik der Moderne (Cologne: Böhlau, 2004), pp.127-54.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "History, Memory, and the Invention of Antiquity: Notes in the 'Classical Tradition'," in Christian J. Emden and David Midgley (eds.), Fragile Traditions: Cultural Memory and Historical Consciousness in the German-Speaking World since 1500 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004), pp.39-67.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Metaphor, Perception and Consciousness: Nietzsche on Rhetoric and Neurophysiology," in Gregory Moore and Thomas Brobjer (eds.), Nietzsche and the Sciences (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), pp.91-110. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "The Invention of Antiquity: Nietzsche on Classicism, Classicality, and the Classical Tradition," in Paul Bishop (ed.), Nietzsche and Antiquity: His Reaction and Response to the Classical Tradition (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2004), pp.372-90.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "'Nachleben': Cultural Memory in Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg," in Rick Caldicott and Anne Fuchs (eds.), Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature und History (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003), pp.209-25. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Kulturwissenschaft als Entzifferungsunternehmen: Hieroglyphik, Emblematik und historische Einbildungskraft bei Walter Benjamin," in Aleida Assmann and Jan Assmann (eds.), Hieroglyphen: Stationen einer anderen abendländischen Grammatologie (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2003), pp.297-326.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Metapher, Wahrnehmung, Bewußtsein: Nietzsches Verschränkung von Rhetorik und Neurophysiologie," in Renate Lachmann and Stefan Rieger (eds.), Text und Wissen: Technologische und anthropologische Aspekte (Tübingen: Narr, 2003), pp.127-52.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Walter Benjamins Ruinen der Geschichte," in Aleida Assmann, Minoka Gomille, and Gabriele Rippl (eds.), Ruinenbilder (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2002), pp.60-88.

 
 Book reviews
 

Review of Anthony K. Jensen, Nietzsche’s Philosophy of History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) in Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45 (2014), 364-6.

 
 

Review of Joshua Derman, Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) in German History 32 (2014), 486-7.

 
 

Review of Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), American Historical Review 118 (2013), 531-2.

 
 

Review of Theo D’haen and Iannis Goerlandt (eds.), Literature for Europe? (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009), Comparative Literature Studies 50 (2013), 364-7.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Paul Bishop and R. H. Stephenson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2005), in Arbitrium 30 (2012), 87-91.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Review of Friederike Felicitas Günther, Rhythmus beim frühen Nietzsche (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008)," Journal of Nietzsche Studies 41 (2011), 125-6.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Paul Bishop and R.H. Stephenson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2005)," ofrthcoming in Arbitrium 30 (2012).

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Review of Theo D'haen and Iannis Goerlandt (eds.), Literature for Europe? (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009)," forthcoming in Comparative Literature Studies 49 (2012).

 
 

"Democratizing Nietzsche?" H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (February 2010), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=26185 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Friederike Felicitas Günther, Rhythmus beim frühen Nietzsche (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008), Journal of Nietzsche Studies 41 (2011). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Paul Bishop and R. H. Stephenson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2005), forthcoming in Arbitrium 29 (2011).

 
 

“How to Fall into Carl Schmitt’s Trap,” H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (July 2009), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=24782 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Mary Ann Frese Witt (ed.), Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic (Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007), The German Quarterly 82 (2009), 137-9.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Paul Michael Lützeler, Kontinentalisierung: Das Europa der Schriftsteller (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2007), in Monatshefte 100 (2008), 295-7.

 
 

Review of Karen Michels, Aby Warburg: Im Bannkreis der Ideen (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2007), Humanities: Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte (July 2007), http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2007-3-063

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Ute Küppers-Braun, Jutta Nowosadtko, and Rainer Walz (eds.), Anfechtungen der Vernunft: Wunder und Wunderglaube in der Neuzeit (Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2006), Historische Literatur 5/2 (2007), 409-11.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Translating the Translator: Walter Benjamin's Selected Writings," H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (July 2007), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=42701191088288

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Empire, Republic, Dictatorship: The Continuities of Public Law and Political Culture in Germany, 1914-1945," H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (March 2006), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=75941147710875

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Lessons from Carl Schmitt: Political Theology, Executive Power and the 'Impact of Political Events'," H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (October 2006), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=196081164042958

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Robin Small, Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005), Review of Metaphysics 60 (2006), 424. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Der unwillige 'Klassiker': Walter Benjamin zwischen kulturwissenschaftlicher Kritik und poststrukturalistischer Verklärung," IASL Online (July 2005), http://iasl.uni-muenchen.de/rezensio/liste/Emden0521793297_1188.html

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "The Brilliant Fascist? Carl Schmitt and the Limits of Liberalism," H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (June 2005), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=298891122323542

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Die Grenzen des postkolonialen Blicks: Rolf J. Goebel über Walter Benjamin, Japan und Interkulturalität," IASL Online (July 2004), http://iasl.uni-muenchen.de/rezensio/liste/Emden389129087X_680.html

 
 

Christian J. Emden, Review of Jürgen Brokoff, Die Apokalpyse in der Weimarer Republik (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2001), H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (September 2003), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=109731065811344

 
 Other
 

Modern Siyasal Düşünce ve Friedrich Nietzsche, trans. Gamze Varım (Istanbul, Türkiye Banksi Kültür Yayınları, 2013). Turkish tanslation of  Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Geschichtlichkeit/Historizität," in Metzler Lexikon Ästhetik, ed. Achim Trebeß (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2006), pp.134-7. 

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Kulturgeschichte," in Metzler Lexikon Ästhetik, ed. Achim Trebeß (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2006), pp.214-5.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Säkularisierung," in Metzler Lexikon Ästhetik, ed. Achim Trebeß (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2006), p.333.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Martin Heidegger," in Holger Briel (ed.), German Culture and Society (London: Arnold / New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), p.64.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Walter Benjamin," in Holger Briel (ed.), German Culture and Society (London: Arnold / New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp.16-7.

 
 

Christian J. Emden, "Wiener Kreis,"  in Holger Briel (ed.), German Culture and Society (London: Arnold / New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp.147-8.

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

"“Nietzsche, Normativity, and the Biology of the Will to Power,” at conference Nietzsche and the Ethics of Naturalism, Rice University, USA (January 11, 2014).." (January 11, 2014)

 
 

“On Epistemic Canons, or: Why Darwin Was No Darwinist,” at Rice-Leipzig Lovett Seminar, Kanon und Kanonisierung, Universität Leipzig, Germany (July 21-23, 2014).

 
 

“Nietzsche, Normativity, and the Biology of the Will to Power,” at conference Nietzsche and the Ethics of Naturalism, Rice University, USA (January 11, 2014).

 
 Invited Talks
 

"“Naturalism and Cell Theory in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany,” invited talk for panel on Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism, Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, TX, USA (January 8, 2016).."

 
 

"“Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Evolution and the Emergence of Normativity,” at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, USA (February 19, 2015). ."

 
 

“Max Weber and Political Realism,” at conference Revolution and Representation: Germany, 1917-1923, Rice University, USA (November 11-12, 2011).

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

"“Hannah Arendt’s Ambivalent Political Realism,” Keynote Lecture, 9th Annual Conference of the Hannah Arendt Circle, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA (April 25, 2015).."

 
 Lectures
 

“Why Europe? 1912/2012,” public lecture, Rice University, USA (March 6, 2012). 

 
 Panelist
 

"“Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity…Yet Again: A Reply to Brian Leiter and Peter Kail,” Author-Meets-Critics Seminar, American Philosophical Association Conference, Eastern Division, Washington, D.C., USA (January 9, 2016).."

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie. Felix Meiner, Hamburg, Germany. (2007 - 2015)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Modern Intellectual History. Cambridge University Press. (2012 - 2014)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Alexander Lam, BA Hons Medical Humanities in Eighteenth-Century Germany. (2015) (Thesis Director)