Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath is Professor and Permanent Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. His transdisciplinary research covers economic philosophy, evolutionary, ecological and institutional economics, and Chinese studies. In 2023, the summa of his work was published (co-authored with Christian Hederer): ‘A New Principles of Economics. The Science of Markets’ (Routledge). At the Collaborative Research Centre he leads the sub-project on “Hybrid ownership structures in state capitalism: Ownership-based society, socio-economic differentiation and Governmentality analysed through the example of Shenzhen, China.”  He is also a principal researcher at the COEVOLVERS project, funded through the EU’s Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation.


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Scientific publications
  • Basso, Frédéric; Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2024): Embodiment, Political Economy and Human Flourishing: An Embodied Cognition Approach to Economic Life, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cheng, Jing; Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten; Li, Ling; Guo, Man (2024): "Shareholding cooperatives in Shenzhen and the revival of ‘filial piety’ as a core value of Chinese ethical life", In Carsten Herrmann-Pillath; Qian Zhao (eds.), East Asian Ethical Life and Socio-Economic Transformation in the Twenty-First Century The Ethical Sources of the Entrepreneurial Renewal of Companies and Communities, London: Routledge.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2023a): “Cultural Foundations of Economic Behaviour in China”, In: Jane Nolan, Zhao Shuming, und Ken Kamoche (eds.,) Routledge Handbook of Chinese Business and Management, , 34–55, 1. Aufl. London: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780429448935-5
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2023b): “The universal commons: An economic theory of ecosystem ownership”, In: Ecological Economics Vol. 208 (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.107822.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2023c): "Sharing planet Earth: Overcoming speciesism in economics", In real-world economics review 106, December, 113-121.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2023d): "Modi der Appropriation und nicht-menschliches Eigentum am Land. Wege zu einer geoethischen Revolution des Rechts", In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik 24 (3), 337–59.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, C.; Sarkki, S.; Maran, T.; Soini, K.; Hiedanpa¨a, J. (2023): “Nature-based solutions as more-than-human art: Co-evolutionary and co-creative design approaches”, In: Nature-Based Solutions Volume 4/ Dezember 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.nbsj.2023.100081
  • Caspary, S.C.; Herrmann-Pillath, C. (2023): “Rethinking Confucianism: Family Business and the Ritual Construction of the ‘Family’ in Japan and China”, In: Koellner, T. (ed.), Family Firms and Business Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-20525-5_6
  • Herrmann-Pillath, C.; Man, G. (2023): “The Cultural Governance of Death in Shenzhen”, In: The China Quarterly. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741022001898.
  • Guo Man; Pan Liqun; Carsten Herrmann-Pillath; Li Ling; Cheng Jing (2022): “Perceptions of Wealth and Attitudes Towards Redistributive Policies in Urban Villages of Shenzhen, China.”, Working Paper No. 3, Sonderforschungsbereich/Transregio 294 »Strukturwandel des Eigentums«.
  • Cheng Jing; Carsten Herrmann-Pillath; Li Ling (2022): “The Three Modes of Appropriation. Lessons of Chinese Practice for Theorizing Property.”, Working Paper No. 1, Sonderforschungsbereich/Transregio 294 »Strukturwandel des Eigentums«.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, C.; Hederer, C. (2022): A New Principles of Economics The Science of Markets, New York: Routledge.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten; Man Guo; Xingyuan, Feng (2020): Ritual and Economy in Metropolitan China: A Global Social Science Approach, London: Routledge.
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2017): China’s Economic Culture. The Ritual Order of State and Markets. Routledge.
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