Michael Steinmann


School: College of Arts and Letters

Building: Kidde

Room: 356

Phone: (201) 216-5394

Fax: (201) 216-8245

Email: msteinma@stevens.edu


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

Institutional Service
  • Institute Promotions and Tenure Committee Member
  • Nominations and Governance Board of Trustees Sub-Committee Member
  • CAL Nominating Committee Chair
  • CAL Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Program in Humanities and Social Sciences Chair
  • Hiring Committee Quantitative Social Science Chair
  • Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Faculty Senate Chair
Professional Service
  • Existenz. An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts Member of Board of Advisors
  • Nietzsche Circle Member of Board of Advisors
Professional Societies
  • Martin Heidegger Gesellschaft Member
  • Nietzsche Circle Member
  • North American Heidegger Circle Member
  • KJSNA – Karl Jaspers Society of North America Member
Selected Publications
    Book Chapter
    1. Steinmann, M. (2021). “Schopenhauer und Nietzsche. Ein Vortragszyklus (1919)“ . Handbook Georg Simmel. Edited by Jörn Bohr / Tim-Florian Goslar / Gerald Hartung / Heike Koenig (pp. 273-280). Stuttgart: Metzler.
    Book Review
    1. Steinmann, M. (2021). Konrad Paul Liessmann, „Alle Lust will Ewigkeit. Mitternächtliche Versuchungen,” . Der Blaue Reiter (48 ed., pp. 105). Hannover.
    2. Steinmann, M. (2019). Werner Stegmaier, “Europa im Geisterkrieg. Studien zu Nietzsche.“ . The Agonist. A Nietzsche Circle Journal (2 ed., vol. 12, pp. 64-69). online.
    Conference Proceeding
    1. Steinmann, M. (2019). “Phenomenology as Realism” . Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference of the North American Heidegger Circle (pp. 171-172). online.
      Heidegger Circle website currently under re-construction.
    Journal Article
    1. Steinmann, M. (2019). The axial age and the quest for a secular religion in modernity. no. Existenz. International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts (1 ed., vol. 14, pp. 98-106). Online https://existenz.us/: Karl Jaspers Society of North America.
    2. Steinmann, M. (2019). “Some remarks on new translations of Jaspers’ works.”. Existenz. An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts (2 ed., vol. 13, pp. 97-100). online.