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Dissertation

Digitally Networked Publics and Intelligent Cooperation

Rethinking John Dewey’s radical democratic theory of the public in the digital age

My research focuses on theory of the public sphere of John Dewey, the great American philosopher, educator and psychologist. His approach of a democratic experimentalism serves me as a methodological framework for a theory of contemporary digitally networked publics. This approach is useful for the inquiry into contemporary developments and challenges for democratic societies, such as the emergence of new collective actors, new forms of cooperation and social innovations to solve public issues.

The working title is “Digitally networked publics and intelligent cooperation. Rethinking John Dewey’s radical democratic theory of the public in the digital age.” The estimated date for completion (in German) is end of 2016.

My supervisor at the Institute for Philosophy of the University of Potsdam is Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Krüger, the editor of the German translation of John Dewey’s “The Public and its Problems.

Research interests

My research interests include