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Rahel Jaeggi (born July 19, 1967 in Bern) is a professor of practical philosophy and social philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research areas are in social philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, philosophical anthropology, social ontology, and critical theory. Since February 2018 she has been the head of the Berlin campus of the newly founded International Center for Humanities and Social Change.
Jaeggi is the daughter of Swiss sociologist Urs Jaeggi and Austrian psychoanalyst and author Eva Jaeggi. Prior to working as a research assistant to Axel Honneth at the University of Frankfurt, Jaeggi studied at the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Frankfurt. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the concept of alienation. Research and teaching positions brought her to Yale University in New Haven, the New School for Social Research in New York City, and the University of Frankfurt. She wrote her postdoctoral thesis on the subject of Critique of Forms of Life at the University of Frankfurt. Since 2009 she has been the chair of practical philosophy and social philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She taught as a Theodor Heuss Professor at The New School for Social Research in New York during the academic year of 2015/16.
Selected works in English
- Alienation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
- Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory (with Nancy Fraser). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2018.
- Critique of Forms of Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.
- "What (if Anything) Is Wrong with Capitalism". Working Paper 01/2013 of the DFG–Forschungskolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, 2013.
- "What is a (good) Institution?" in: Social Philosophy and Critique, Rainer Forst, Martin Hartmann, Rahel Jaeggi and Martin Saar (ed.), 2009.
- "Re-Thinking Ideology" in: New Waves in Political Philosophy, Christopher Zurn, Boujdewijn de Bruijn (ed.), 2008.
- "No Individual Can Do Anything Against It: Adorno's Minima Moralia as a Critique of Forms of Life" in: Dialectic of Freedom, Axel Honneth (ed.), Suhrkamp, 2005.
- "Solidarity and Indifference" in: Solidarity and Care in the European Union, R. Termeulen and R. Houtepen (ed.), Kluwer, 2001.
- "The Market's Price" in: Constellations, volume 8, nº 3, 2001.
- Website at the Humboldt University of Berlin
- 2016 Heuss Lecture: The Dialectics of Progress: Rahel Jaeggi. The New School for Social Research.
- Official website of the Humboldt-University of Berlin
- Website of Critical Theory in Berlin, events of the Practical Philosophy and Social Philosophy chair of the Humboldt University of Berlin.