Michael Steinmann

School: College of Arts & Letters
Building: Peirce
Room: 308
Phone: 201.216.5394
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: msteinma@stevens.edu

Privatdozent, University of Freiburg, 2006
Ph.D., University of Tübingen, 1998
M.A. University of Tübingen (including B.A.), 1993


Ethics, including Applied Ethics 
19th- and 20th-Century Continental Philosophy

General Information

I am currently working on a project concerning "The Dialectis of Morality." It asumes that moral theories, first, have to imply a substantial notion of the good which they, second, can only articulate in limited and partial ways, which then means, third, that moral theories, and the self-determinations that can be derived from them, in one way or another always have to fail the good. Criteria for moral behavior are either vague, self-refuting, or discriminatory, as the project hopefully will show. It will lead to a reassessment of the nature and purpose of moral theories themselves.

For a recent paper on Nietzsche, aesthetics, and teleology, see: http://www.nietzschecircle.com/Nietzsche_Darwin_Steinmann.html



Lecturer for Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, 2007-2008
Visiting Professor at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 2007 and 2011
Co-Director of the Program for Basic Ethical-Philosophical Studies, 2005-2007
Research Fellow, Interdepartmental Center for Ethics in the Sciences and in the Humanities and Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen, 2003-2005
Research Fellow and Lecturer, from 2006 as Privatdozent, Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg 2002-2007
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Tübingen, 1999-2002

Selected Publications
  1. David Espinet, Friederike Rese, Michael Steinmann (eds.). (2011). Gegenstaendlichkeit und Objektivitaet (Engl. Thinghood and Objectivity), Mohr Siebeck.
  2. Michael Steinmann. (2010). Martin Heideggers 'Sein und Zeit' (Martin Heidegger's 'Being and Time'), Werkinterpretationen, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt.
  3. Michael Steinmann, Peter Sykora, Urban Wiesing (eds.). (2009). Altruism Reconsidered. Exploring New Approaches to Property in Human Tissue, Ashgate.
  4. Michael Steinmann. (2008). Die Offenheit des Sinns. Untersuchungen zu Sprache und Logik bei Martin Heidegger (Engl.: The Openness of Meaning. Investigations on Language and Logic in Martin Heidegger), Mohr Siebeck.
  5. Michael Steinmann (ed.). (2007). Martin Heidegger und die Griechen. Schriften der Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft, Bd. 8. (Engl.: Martin Heidegger and the Greeks), Vittorio Klostermann.
  6. Cathrin Nielsen, Michael Steinmann, Frank Topfer (eds.). (2007). Das Leib-Seele-Problem und die Phanomenologie (Engl.: The Mind-Body-Problem and Phenomenology), Konigshausen & Neumann.
  7. Heiner Raspe, Angelika Raspe, Michael Steinmann. (2005). Empfehlungen zur Begutachtung klinischer Studien durch Ethikkommissionen (Engl.: Recommendations for the Survey of Clinical Studies through Ethics Committees), Deutscher Arzteverlag .
  8. Michael Steinmann. (2000). Die Ethik Friedrich Nietzsches (Engl.: Friedrich Nietzsche's Ethics), Walter de Gruyter.
  • HPL 111 Philosophy I: Theories of Human Nature
  • HPL 112 Science and Metaphysics
  • HPL 339 Ethics
  • HPL 346 Modern Philosophy
  • HPL 347 Theories of Knowledge and Reality
  • HPL 350 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • HPL 447 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud: The Modern Individual and Society
  • HPL 450 Global and International Ethics
  • HPL 455 Ethical Issues in Science and Technology
  • HPL 457 Bioethics
  • CAL 539 Foundations of Ethics
  • CAL 555 Engineering and Computer Ethics
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture