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Raymond Geuss

Photo of Raymond GeussRaymond Geuss works in the general areas of political philosophy and the history of Continental Philosophy.


Principal academic publications

  • The Idea of a Critical Theory (Cambridge University Press,1981)
  • Morality, culture, and history (Cambridge University Press,1999)
  • History and illusion in politics (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • Public goods, private goods (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  • Glück und Politik: Potsdamer Vorlesungen (Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, 2004)
  • Outside ethics (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • Philosophy and real politics (Princeton University Press, 2008)
  • Politics and the imagination (Princeton University Press, 2010)
  • A world without why (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • Reality and its dreams (Harvard University Press, 2016)
  • Changing the subject (Harvard University Press, 2017)
  • Who needs a world view? (Harvard University Press, forthcoming, spring 2020)

Papers, Comments, Interviews, Reviews

  • ‘Wer das Sagen hat’ in Mittelweg 36 (vol. 6, December 2011/January 2012)
  • 'Zwischen kritischer Reflexion und Handlungsorientierung' (Interview, Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie, 1/2012)
  • 'Post-Kantianism' in Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics ed. Roger Crisp (OUP, 2013)
  • Foreword to The German Enemy: Intelligence Reports on Nazi Germany (1943-1949), by Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kircheimer [ed. R. Laudani] (Princeton University Press, 2013)
  • 'Human rights: a bad idea' (interview with Lawrence Hamilton) Theoria (summer 2013)
  • 'Lucretius in Luxor' (Cambridge Literary Review Issue 7, 2013)
  • Perspectivism, value, and egalitarianism' (New Left Review, March 2014)
  • Review of Bini Adamczak, Gestern morgen: über die einsamkeit kommunistischer gespenster und die rekonstruktion der zukunft,  in Radical Philosophy ( June 2014)
  • `Rabelais and the low road to modernity’ in Princeton History of Modern French Literature ed. Prendergast (Princeton University Press, 2017)
  • ‘Republik, Markt, Demokratie’; Afterword to Die Antipolitischen, Jacques de Saint Victoire (Hamburger Edition, 2015)
  • `Richard III : Déchirement tragique et rêve de perfection’ in Richard III :Loyauté me lie ed. Garutti et Lambert-Wild. (Les Solaires intempestifs. 2016)
  • ‘Nietzsche’s Philosophical Ethnology’ in Arion (winter 2017)
  • ‘Lecturing on Nietzsche’ in Arion  (summer, 2017)
  • `Die Hoffnung’ in Auf Nietzsches Balkon III ed. Sarah Bianchi (VDG, 2017)
  • ‘Nietzsche’s Germans’ in Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche ed. Stern (Cambridge University Press, 2019) 
  • ‘Review of Molière’s Tartuffe (adapted by Christopher Hampton, at Haymarket Theatre)’, please click here
  • 'Normativität in der Kritischen Theorie der Politik' in Kritische Theorie der Politik ed. U. Bohmann and P. Sörensen (Suhrkamp, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Realism, yet again’ (forthcoming in volume edited by Titus Stahl, 2020)


  • ‘Der Markt soll alles wieder richten’ in Die Zeit (10.03.11)
  • `Kritik’ in Politische Theorie und politische Philosophie ed. Hartmann and Offe (Beck, 2011)
  • "Da hilft nur eine ganz andere Politik!" [interview for Die Tagesschau, 10th August 2011]
  • "Aufruf zum Widerstand" (Interview with Christian Lininger of ORF, Friday 12th August 2011)
  • On freedom of speech at the occupation of Lady Mitchell Hall click here
  • Gespräch mit Raymond Geuss (Radio Bremen 29 April 2012)
  • 'Philosophy and the Economic Crisis' (Lecture UEA, Thursday 8 November 2012)
  • Seven lectures on Nietzsche, Michaelmas 2013
  • Eight lectures on Marxism, Michaelmas 2013
  • Mr Bricolage, December 2013
  • Innenminister, December 2011
  • Baltimore, January 2014
  • Lucretius (January 2014)
  • Evil (February 2014)
  • Toast (March 2014)
  • ‘Er [Kant] ist unbrauchbar’ in ‘Was bleibt von Immanuel Kant?’ Die Zeit 20.12..2015
  • `Woher kommt die Wut der Briten?‘ Süddeutsche Zeitung 28.06.2016
  • `When inspiration fails‘ in Cambridge Literary Review, vol. 10 (2017)
  • Gedichtszyklus’ in Auf Nietzsches Balkon III ed. Bianchi (VDG, 2018)
  • `Pater Krigler‘ in Warum Marx?  (internet-journal Soziopolis 05.05.2018)
  • Conversation on A World without why in fourbythree [internet journal]
  • ‘Ten minutes on nihilism’ in fourbythree [internet journal] 
  • ‘Eine Republik der Diskussion’ in (18.06.19)
    [Translation into English to appear in 'The Point']
  • ‘The last nineteenth century German philosopher’ in Verso.Blog (August 2019)
  • ‘Fieberbaum’ in Cambridge Literary Review vol. 12 (forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘Auf dem Philosophenkongreß.....’ [short text in German forthcoming on the web-page of Hamburger Edition]

For CV please click here.


Contact Details:

Raymond Geuss is not himself on e-mail and does not respond to e-mails addressed to him c/o the Faculty Office. Please do not attempt to use the secretarial staff in the Faculty Office as an indirect e-mail conduit; such attempts will be unsuccessful and will merely add to their work-load unnecessarily.

Postal address: c/o Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, UK.