Volkan Çıdam - Department of Political Science and International

Dr. phil. Volkan Çıdam
 Ph.D. in Department of Philosophy, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, 2011
Dissertation Title: The Phenomenology of Anti-Spirit: Hegel’s theory of recognition and Marx’s
normative Critique of Capitalism in Capital. (Die Phänomenologie des Widergeistes. Eine
anerkennungstheoretische Deutung von Marx’ normativer Kritik am Kapitalismus im Kapital)
Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Honneth
Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi
The thesis explores the normative foundations of the mature work of Karl Marx through a novel
interpretation of Capital that highlights the close conceptual and structural parallels between
Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Marx’s magnum opus. My analysis shows that the normative
criterion of Marx’s critique of capitalism is nothing other than the Hegelian dialectics of recognition,
which provides an account of the ideal form of intersubjective interaction that is necessary for the
constitution of a free subject. Accordingly, I argue that, in Capital, Marx finds the main problem
of capitalist society in the systematic undermining of an intersubjective social order that would
have been the basis for true individuality and freedom. This reading of Capital, I conclude,
provides new insights into thinking about what an alternative, post-capitalist society might entail.
Major Fields: Social and Practical Philosophy, Political Theory
 M.A. in Political Science (major), Philosophy and Sociology (minors), Ruprecht-Karls-University,
Heidelberg, 2000-2005
M.A. Thesis Title: Multiculturalism and Democracy: The Concept of ‘Recognition’ in
Multiculturalism Debates and its Reinterpretation within the Framework of Habermas’ Theory of
Democracy (Multikulturalismus und Demokratie. Der Begriff der ‚Anerkennung’ in der
Multikulturalismusdebatte und seine Umdeutung im Rahmen der Demokratietheorie von
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus von Beyme
The thesis takes its starting point from the debate between Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas
on multiculturalism. While in complete agreement with Habermas’ critique of Taylor’s theory of
multiculturalism, I suggest that Taylor’s more substantial reading of Hegelian dialectics of
recognition may be helpful for a reassessment of Habermas’ theory of democracy. To this end, I
first underline the subordinate role played by the concept of recognition in Habermas’ Between
Facts and Norms. Then, drawing on numerous examples of different ethnic minorities’ struggles for
recognition in western democracies, I argue that a more robust conception of recognition can
provide us with a more vibrant and radical understanding of politics complementing Habermas’
theory of deliberative democracy.
 B.A., Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 19941998
Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx and Marxist Theory
History of Political Thought
Social Contract Theory and Late Modern Political Philosophy
Theories of Democracy and Justice
Critical Theory and Post-structuralism
Theories of recognition
German Idealism
History of Moral Philosophy
Work Experience
 Current Position, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations,
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
 2012-13, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University
Academic Publications
 “Gezi Widerstand: Einige Betrachtungen über die moderne Kunst der Politik” (forthcoming)
 2012 Die Phänomenologie des Widergeistes. Eine anerkennungstheoretische Deutung von Marx’ normativer Kritik am
Kapitalismus im Capital, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden. (ISBN: 978-3-8329-7162-5)
 2009, “Understanding Marx’s Normative Critique of Capitalism: Reification Revisited” in
Humane.Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies, Issue 10, pp. 123-139.
 2008, Translation of four articles from an Austrian newspaper Neue Freie Presse (issued in 1908) for a
Turkish academic Journal of History. Published in “Toplumsal Tarih” (Social History), October,
November and December.
 1997, Translation of The State of the World’s Refugees 1997-1998 for UNHCR Turkey Branch, Tarih Vakfi
Yurt Yayinlari, Istanbul.
Duties include course design and development, selection of educational resources, instruction and
evaluation of student’s learning outcomes.
 Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Department of Political Science,
State and Public Sphere (Pols 339), Politics of Modernity (Pols 430), Political Theory (Pols 552)
 Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Department of Sociology
Marxism and Critique (Soc 373), Spring Semester 2013
 Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Department of Philosophy
Hegel’s Social Philosophy (Phil 484), Fall Semester, 2012
 Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul
History of Civilization, Spring Semester 2013, Introduction to Sociology I, Fall Semester 2012 / 2013
 Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen, Department of Political Science (All courses are held in German)
Learning Democracy, Summer Semester, 2011, Equality and Difference, Summer Semester 2011,
Marxism as Critique, Summer Semester, 2010, Basic Concepts in Political Science, Fall Semester, 200910, Marx’s Critique of Capitalism, Fall Semester, 2009-10
 DHBW (The Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University), Stuttgart, Faculty of Social Work (All
Courses are held in German)
Civil Society and Individualization, Winter Semester, 2011, Social Theory, Spring and Summer
Semesters, 2009-11, Social Philosophy, Spring and Summer Semesters, 2009
Teaching Assistantships
Duties include marking essays, leading discussion sessions, and giving occasional lectures
 Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Faculty of Social Sciences
Basic Concepts of Sociology and Political Science, Fall and Summer Semester, 2010-11
Introduction to Political Science, Fall Semester, 2010-11
World, Society, School, Fall Semester, 2010-11
Introduction to Pierre Bourdieu’s Sociology of Education, Summer Semester, 2010
Basic Concepts of Sociology and Political Science, Summer and Fall Semester, 2009-10
Introduction to Political Science, Fall Semester, 2009-10
Marx, Autonomous Tutorial, Fall Semester, 2009-10
“To Be Different without Fear,” Fall Semester 2008-09
 Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics, Summer Semester, 2008
 Yeditepe University, Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul, Turkey
History of Civilization, Fall Semester, 1999-2000, Introduction to English Literature, Fall Semester, 19992000
 PhD Scholarship of Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2005-2008
 Graduate Scholarship of Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2003-2005
 2014, “Gezi Widerstand: Einige Betreachtungen über die moderne Kunst der Politik”, at Colloque
Transmed “Pensée Méditerranéenne et conscience européenne”, Istanbul, 5 May
 2013, “Between equal rights, force decides": On the role of historical passages in Marx's Capital”,
presented at the 6th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome, 5-8 May
 2012, “The Right to Freedom: Critical Theory and Historical Narrative”, presented at the Philosopher’s Rally
2012, University of Gdansk, 27-30 June
 2011, “The Antinomy of Rights and the Conceptual Development of the Normative Critique of
Capitalism” (in German), presented at the Colloquium for Sociology, University of Flensburg, 28 October.
 2009, “Reification Revisited,” presented at the First Graduate Conference of Social Sciences Futures of
Critical Theory, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, 19-21 March.
 2008, “The World of Commodities?” (in German), presented at the Colloquium for Social Philosophy,
Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, 03 July.
 2006, “Rethinking Marx’s Normative Critique of Capitalism”, presented at the Philosophy and Social
Sciences Conference, Prag, 18-21 May.
 2006, “Recognition and Marx: On the Assessment of the Content of Marx’s Critique of Capitalism in
Capital”, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, 23 February.
 2014, Department Vice-Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi
University, Istanbul
 2012-13, Member of the University Senate, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul
 2008-10, Administrative service in Political Science Department, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am
 2008-09, Co-Organizer of the First Graduate Conference of Social Sciences, The Futures of Critical
Theory (19-21 March 2009), Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main.
 2004-07, Member of the “Advisory Board of Experts” of Heinrich Böll Stiftung,
 2004-07, Member of the editorial team of Fellowship Journal Diskus of Heinrich Böll Stiftung
 1998-99, Administrative service in Faculty of Art and Sciences, Yeditepe University,
 1995-97, Member of Political Science Club in Middle East Technical University,
Turkish (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), French (basic-reading)
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