(History of) Economic Knowledge Freed from Determinism

An Interview With Joseph Vogl


  • Joseph Vogl Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany




The Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics interviewed Professor Vogl about his intellectual career, his relationship to the history and philosophy of economics, and his perspective on the analysis of contemporary capitalism.

Author Biography

Joseph Vogl, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Joseph Vogl (Eggenfelden, 1957) is a prominent German philosopher, working in intellectual and media history. He is Professor of Modern German Literature, Literary, Media and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin and permanent Visiting Professor at the Department of German at Princeton University. Before coming to Berlin, he served as a Professor of Theory and History of Artificial Worlds at the Department of Media studies at Bauhaus University in Weimar. In 1984, he received an MA at the University of Munich after studying philosophy, history and German literature in Munich and Paris. In 1990, he received a PhD in Modern German literature from the Unviersity of Munich and in 2001, he obtained a venia legendi from the same university.

Vogl’s research spans literature, history of knowledge, history and theory of media, and political philosophy. He is the author of The Place of Violence. Kafka’s Literary Ethics (1990); Calculus and Passion: Poetics of Homo Oeconomicus (2002); On Tarrying (2007/2011); The Specter of Capital (2010/2014); The Ascendancy of Finance (2015/2017); he also edited several influential collections and authored many shorter essays in various fields. Vogl is known, among other things, for the notion of the ‘poetics of knowledge’ and, related to that, for the genealogy of modern economic thinking which he explores both in its political and in its literary form. In recent years, he shifted his attention to the analysis of modern capitalism, all the while continuing his work in the history of literature, political philosophy, and discursive history of danger and risk.




How to Cite

Vogl, J. (2019). (History of) Economic Knowledge Freed from Determinism: An Interview With Joseph Vogl. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 12(1), 73–92. https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v12i1.409