I specialize in the history of modern philosophy, especially Kant and German idealism. My interest in Kant lies in the problem of the mutual dependence of theoretical and practical reason: the fact that our theoretical exploration of nature presupposes reason’s practical ends, the pursuit of the good, and vice versa. I am also interested in the reception of this problem in Early Romanticism and German Idealism. This topic has been a guiding thread in my research in aesthetics, namely, how aesthetics in Kant and post-Kantian tradition exhibits the character of reason. It has also directed my research in moral teleology, moral psychology, and teleology of nature. My other focus of research has been the conception of creative agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition, namely, the special normativity of creative action that goes beyond the minimum required for action and the metaphysics of freedom it presupposes.
I was a DAAD Fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilan University Munich, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich, and, most recently, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Leipzig and the Fellow of the Forschungskoleg Analytic German Idealism.