Prof Mario WENNING

Prof Mario WENNING

Associate Professor
(853) 8822 8804


Ph.D. New School for Social Research, New York, 2007

M.A. Concordia University, Montreal, 2003

M.A. University of Münster, 2003

Research Interests

Social and Political Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy,


Courses Regularly Taught

Contemporary Philosophy in the West, Ancient and Medieval European Philosophy, Philosophy and Film, Capitalism and Morality, Comparative Ethics, Introduction to Logic

Professional Experience

2015: Guest Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

2013: Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

2013-2015: Research Fellow, SYSU Guangzhou

2011 – 2014: Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Frankfurt

2007-2008: Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico


Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie


Awards & Honors

100 Talents Program (CASC)

Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship

Zukunftsbrücke (Mercator Foundation)

Cusanus Fellowship

Selected Publications
  • “The Fate of Transcendence in Post-Secular Societies”, in: Nahum Brown and William Franke (eds.): Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy (Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming 2016).
  • “The Tyranny of Values: Reflections on Schmitt and China”, in: Kai Marchal and Carl Shaw (eds.): Schmitt and Strauss in the Sinophone World (Lanham: Lexington, forthcoming).
  • “Rational Mysticism: Hegel on Magic and China”, in: Journal of Chinese Philosophy, forthcoming 2016.
  • “Utopian Thinking in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy”, in: Hans Feger, Dikun Xie, Wang Ge (eds.), Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016), 421-434. ISSN: 2196-5897.
  • “The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies” (with Jinting Wu), in: Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2016, 1-21. ISSN: 0039-3746.
  • “Whose Equality?”, in: Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies vol. 2, 2015, 153-166. ISBN 978-3-451-10350.
  • “Heidegger and Zhuangzi on the Nonhuman. Towards a transcultural Critique of (Post)Humanism”, in: Chloë Taylor, Neil Dalal (eds.), Rethinking the Non-Human (New York: Routledge, 2014), 93-111. ISBN-13: 978-041572986.
  • “Crossing Boundaries: Zhuangzi and Basho on the Art of Travelling”, in: Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead, Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), 9-22. ISBN-13: 978-1472513069.
  • “Awakening from Madness”, in: David Stern (ed.), Essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit, (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013) 107-120. ISBN-13: 978-1438444444.
  • “Assimilierung und Gegenhermeneutik: Transkulturelle Moralkritik im Anschluss an Schopenhauer und Nietzsche”, in: Dieter Birnbacher, Matthias Koßler, Andreas Urs Sommer (eds.), Moralkritik bei Nietzsche und Schopenhauer (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013) 125-138. ISBN-13: 978-3826050817.
  • “In-der-Mitte-Sein. Die Struktur gelingenden Handelns”, in: Stefan Deines, Daniel Martin Feige, Martin Seel (eds.), Formen kulturellen Wandels (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012), 173-196. ISBN-13: 978-3837618709.
  • “Daoism as Critical Theory”, in: Comparative Philosophy, vol. 2, 2011, 50-71. ISSN: 2151-6014.
  • “Kant and Laozi on Nothingness”, in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 38:4, 2011, 556-568. ISSN: 0301-8121.


  • Ernst Tugendhat, Egocentricity and Mysticism (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming, 2016). [cotranslated and introduced with Alexei Procyshyn], 192 p.
  • Dimitri Nikulin (ed.), The Other Plato: The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato’s Inner-Academic Teachings (Albarny: SUNY Press, 2012), 232 p.
  • Peter Sloterdijk, Rage and Time (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 256 p.