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Lisa Herzog , D.Phil.

Professor of Political Philosophy and Theory

Hochschule für Politik an der Technischen Universität München

Born in 1983 in Nuremberg
Studied Economics, Philosophy, and History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Political Theory at the University of Oxford

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The Order of Knowledge and the Division of Moral Labor

Human morality is socially embedded: Depending on their social context, individuals have different moral duties. This "division of moral labor" finds expression in different social roles with different responsibilities, the distinction between "negative" and "positive" duties, and the differentiation between the fulfillment of duties and supererogation. Traditionally, many thinkers have argued that our most important moral duties are toward those who are close to us, because we know most about their situation and they are most vulnerable to our actions or omissions.
Two developments have, arguably, upset the tradition fabric of divided moral labor. Globalization has reduced the power of nation states, which had played an important role as moral "providers of last resort", and has created causal ties that span the globe. Digitalization has turned the order of knowledge upside down: the costs of sharing information have fallen dramatically, and new struggles for sovereignty over information have begun.
In my project, I want to explore how to conceive of the division of moral labor under these new circumstances. One focus will be on exploring whether insights from the social sciences and economics on the causes of the (non-moral) division of labor, e.g. economies of scale and the role of transaction costs, can enlighten philosophical thinking. A second focus will be on the order of knowledge in the digitalized age and its relation to the division of moral labor. Knowledge is power, as Bacon said, but is knowledge also moral responsibility? My hypothesis here is that we need to fundamentally rethink the responsibility for, and the privileges connected to, knowledge, in order to prevent a situation in which socially useful knowledge is "privatized", while knowledge that brings responsibilities is "socialized".

Recommended Reading

Herzog, Lisa. "Gibt es eine Macht der Reflexion in der Welt der Wirtschaft?" In Macht und Reflexion, edited by Heiner Hastedt, 165-182. Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2016 (= Deutsches Jahrbuch Philosophie 6).
-. "The Normative Stakes of Economic Growth: Why Adam Smith Does Not Rely on "Trickle Down"." Journal of Politics 78, 1 (2016): 50-62.
-. Inventing the Market: Smith, Hegel, and Political Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Herzog, Lisa ( Oxford, 2017)
Just financial markets? : finance in a just society

Herzog, Lisa ( Oxford, 2016)
Inventing the market : Smith, Hegel, and political theory

Herzog, Lisa ( Berlin, 2016)
Schriften zur Ökonomie und Soziologie Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft ; 2112

Herzog, Lisa ( Berlin, 2014)
Der Wert des Marktes : ein ökonomisch-philosophischer Diskurs vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft ; 2065

Herzog, Lisa ( 2013)

Herzog, Lisa ( 2013)
Virtues, interests and institutions, or : ordinary and heroic virtues

Herzog, Lisa ( 2013)
Persönliches Vertrauen, Rechtsvertrauen, Systemvertrauen

Herzog, Lisa ( München, 2013)
Freiheit gehört nicht nur den Reichen - Plädoyer für einen zeitgemäßen Liberalismus C.-H.-Beck Paperback ; 6127

Herzog, Lisa ( Basingstoke, 2013)
Hegel's thought in Europe : currents, crosscurrents and undercurrents

Herzog, Lisa ( 2012)
Ideal and non-ideal theory and the problem of knowledge

Lectures on Film 24.01.2018

Lisa Herzog
Markt oder Profession? Die Politik zweier Wissenslogiken

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Die digitale Revolution und die Zukunft unserer Gesellschaft



Markt oder Profession? Die Politik zweier Wissenslogiken



Democracy in the Enterprise



Democracy in the Enterprise



What's left: Was bleibt von der linken Utopie?


Dienstagskolloquium - Arbeitsbericht12.06.2018

Dienstagskolloquium - Arbeitsbericht, Tuesday Colloquium - Work in Progress