Dr. Maximilian Robitzsch

Practical Philosophy

Baderstr. 6, Room 2.08
17489 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 3834 420 3460


Office Hours: by appointment

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Jan Maximilian Robitzsch studied philosophy, political science, theatre, film and television studies in Cologne and Paris and received his doctorate in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. After working at Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA), he has been a research assistant at the University of Greifswald since summer semester 2021.

Main areas of research

History of philosophy (especially classical antiquity)

Political philosophy

Philosophy of law


Philosophy and film


Speeches for the Dead: Essays on Plato’s Menexenus. Berlin: De Gruyter. (co-edited with Harold Parker; reviews: Catalin Partenie, Gnomon 92, no. 5 (2020): 456-458, Peter O’Connell, Rhetorica 28, no. 2 (2020): 229-232; Jenny Bryan, Greece & Rome 66, no. 2 (2019): 323-324; Johanna Hanink, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.08.31) 



Journal articles

“Epicurus on Justice ‘In Itself’ (kath’ heauto) (Kuria Doxa 33).” Apeiron (forthcoming).


“A Functional Reading of the Epicurean Classification of Desires.” Apeiron (forthcoming).

epibolē tēs dianoias: Reflections on the Fourth Epicurean Criterion of Truth.” Classical Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Epicurus’ Non-Propositional Theory of Truth.” Mnemosyne (forthcoming). (co-authored with Andree Hahmann)

“Epicurus’ Divine Hedonism.” Mnemosyne 74, no. 3 (2021): 401-422. (co-authored with Andree Hahmann)

“The Presentation of the Epicurean Virtues.” Apeiron 53, no. 4 (2020): 419-435.

“‘I wrote it in part because of you:’ Broch and Arendt on Human Rights.” History of Political Thought 41, no. 1 (2020): 175-190.

“On Real and Simulated Relationships in Spike Jonze’s Her.” Film and Philosophy 24 (2020): 120-133.

“The Genesis of Hannah Arendt’s Conception of Human Rights.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy 57, no. 2 (2019): 240-258.

“Fate, Character, and Cyclical Thinking: Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines." Film Criticism 42, no. 1 (2018).

“Heraclitus’ Political Thought.” Apeiron 51, no. 4 (2018): 404-426.

“On Aspasia in Plato’s Menexenus.” Phoenix 71, no. 3-4 (2017): 288-300.

“The Epicureans on Human Nature and its Social and Political Consequences.” Polis 34, no. 1 (2017): 1-19.

“The Aporias of Grounding the Right to Have Rights in Hannah Arendt.” Arendt Studies 1 (2017): 151-169.

“Walter Benjamins ‘bloßes Leben’ und Hannah Arendts ‘bloßes Menschsein’: Ein Vergleich.” Philosophisches Jahrbuch 118, no. 1 (2011): 104-128.



Book chapters

“Epicurus on What There Is.” In Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy. Edited by Kelly Arenson. 204-214. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.


“Ethnic Identity and its Political Consequences in the Menexenus.” In Speeches for the Dead: Essays on Plato’s Menexenus. Edited by Harold Parker and Jan Maximilian Robitzsch. 153-171. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.