Andreas-Johann Sorger

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

English, French, German
Key Expertise
Philosophy and Politics of Race, Global Justice, Critical Race Theory

About me

Thesis: 'An Exploration of Philosophical Racism'

A widely, albeit implicitly, held view is that we need to separate a given philosopher’s lamentable personal racism from their insightful philosophical contributions. Against this view, I aim to show that this distinction is untenable, as the racist worldviews of past philosophers may have shaped their conceptual systems such that they exclude non-white voices. This is the problem of philosophical racism and I aim to explore the following questions: Do our preferred concepts, theories, or philosophical traditions retain a racially exclusionary character? What can we as philosophers do to mitigate the pernicious effects of philosophical racism on our present thinking?

Research interests

  • Philosophy and Politics of Race
  • Imperialism, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism
  • Sovereignty, Nation States, and Cosmopolitanism
  • Global Justice

Teaching record

  • Contemporary Political Theory (GV262)