Kathrin Witter

PhD Student
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Kathrin Witter

Kathrin Witter is writing her dissertation about discussions on “Anschaulichkeit” and the representation of truth between Goethe and Hegel, Feuerbach and Marx and Benjamin and Adorno, tracing how a similar set of questions on forms of society, consciousness and representation evolved over time due to historical changes. The foundation for this research was built with her MA thesis on the philosophies of Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Benjamin regarding their concepts of what they would sometimes call ‘micrology’, which was mainly concerned with questions of truth and representation and the relation of philosophy and philology. Beyond this focal point she has worked on literary realism and Georg Lukács and authors like Thomas Mann, Ingeborg Bachmann, Heiner Müller or the early Peter Handke. Further research interests include aesthetic theory and antisemitism in Germany during National Socialism and beyond. Kathrin joined the Princeton German Department in Fall 2018. She held a scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and a merit grant by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.