Dr. phil. Mattias Iser (Associate Professor of Philosophy)
Dr. phil. Mattias Iser  (Associate Professor of Philosophy)


Mattias Iser is an associate professor of philosophy at Binghamton University, SUNY.

He studied philosophy and political science at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the University of Chicago. He holds an M.A. in philosophy as well as an M.A. in political science and completed his Ph.D. in 2005.

He has taught a wide range of courses in political theory and philosophy in Berlin, Frankfurt, Graz, Moscow and at the New School for Social Research in New York. 

His dissertationEmpörung und Fortschritt. Grundlagen einer kritischen Theorie der Gesellschaft” (Indignation and Progress.Foundations of a Critical Theory of Society) was published in 2008 and won the Best First Book Award of the German Political Science Association (DVPW).

The English translation "Indignation and Progress" will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017 (transl. Ciaran Cronin).

In this book he develops a theory of deontological recognition that emphasizes the importance of indignation for social movements. He defends the general idea of such a critical theory against five other strands of social criticism and hereby also provides the first comprehensive discussion of the crucial differences between the critical theories of Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth.

Mattias Iser has also published an introductory monograph into the work of Jürgen Habermas (co-authored with David Strecker); its updated 2nd edition just appeared in 2016. Additionally, he has edited volumes and special sections in journals on constitutional patriotism, Franz L. Neumann's critical theory, Walzer's conception of social criticism and on political theory generally. He has published widely in critical theory, political and social philosophy.

At the moment he is completing a book project on a theory of legitimate violence.  

Mattias Iser


Associate Professor of Philosophy


Department of Philosophy


Binghamton University, SUNY

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