Jacob Blumenfeld

I earned my PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2018, with a dissertation on the concept of property in German Idealism. Along with research stays at Humboldt University, TU Darmstadt, and the University of Frankfurt, I have taught philosophy, critical theory and ethics at various universities in New York and Berlin. I am currently a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter for Prof. Dr. Tilo Wesche at University Oldenburg. 

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Research Project

My research asks the question, what does it mean to call something “mine” in the world today? What kind of material and moral presuppositions make this claim possible, effective, right or wrong? What conceptual and institutional tools are required to rethink the framework which divides the social world into regions of mine, yours, theirs and ours? My research project for the SFB is on how to think about property as a relation of recognition between free and finite beings, one whose social form is not settled. I am currently working on two book projects: first, a monograph on the normative theory of property from Kant to Hegel, and second, a book exploring the right to expropriate and socialize property, particularly with regards to housing and energy companies. 


  • "Sozialismus kommt von Sozialisierung" - Kämpfe um Vergesellschaftung und Verstaatlichung in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Jacob Blumenfeld with a lecture at the conference „Vergesellschaftung: Strategien für eine demokratische Wirtschaft“. (08.10.2022)
  • Climate Barbarism, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2022)
  • The Redemption of Saint Max, Marx and the Critique of Humanism, Lisbon (2022)<u1:p></u1:p>
  • Sozialisierungskämpfe, Vergesellschaftungskonferenz, TU Berlin (2022)<u1:p></u1:p>
  • Contested Concepts of Property in Past & Present, SFB Jahrestagung, Jena (2022)

Complete overview of activities


  • 2024: The Concept of Property in Kant, Fichte, and Hegel, Routledge
  • 2024: "Die Rückkehr der Eigentumsfrage. Zur Geschichte und Theorie der Vergesellschaftung" im Umkämpftes Eigentum, Suhrkamp
  • Forthcoming 2024: “Class as Moral Injury”, in Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory, ed. Hilkje Hänel, Oxford
  • Forthcoming 2024: “Planning for Freedom: Fichte, Ecology, Economy”, in Fichte and Critical Theory, ed. Paul Giladi and Gabe Gotttlieb, Routledge
  • 2023: "Gegen Klimaethik”, Klimawandel und Gesellschaftskritik, Verbrecher
  • 2023: “What was Socialization? A Look Back” SFB 294
  • 2023: “The Freedom of Crime: Property, Theft and Recognition in Hegel’s System of Ethical Life”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy
  • 2022: “Climate Barbarism”, Constellations
  • 2022: “Expropriation of the Expropriators”, Philosophy and Social Criticism
  • 2022: “The Role of Potentiality in Aristotle’s Ethics”, Journal of Human Values, 28:2
  • 2018: All Things are Nothing to Me: The Unique Philosophy of Max Stirner, Zero Books
  • 2014: “Egoism, Labour, and Possession: A reading of ‘Interiority and Economy,’ Section II of Lévinas’ Totality and Infinity”, British Society for Phenomenology, 45:2
  • 2013: The Anarchist Turn (edited, with C. Bottici and S. Critchley), Pluto Press


  • Critique and Utopia, 2022-23
  • Climate Ethics, 2021-22
  • Einführung in die Praktische Philosophie, 2020
  • Ethics and Politics of Climate Change, 2019-20
  • Introduction to Ethics, 2007-2011
  • Introduction to Philosophy, 2007-2011
  • History of Philosophy, 2009-2011
  • 19th Century Philosophy, 2011
  • Critical Theory, 2010
  • Aesthetics, 2009