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Visiting Fellow, 2021 – 2023

Jonas Gerlings

Marie Curie Global Fellow University of Göttingen


Jonas Gerlings

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Jonas Gerlings is an intellectual historian whose research focuses on global Enlightenments in the Baltic Sea Region. Gerlings completed his PhD in Intellectual History on the German philosopher Immanuel Kant at the European University Institute in Florence, 2017, and has held postdoctoral and visiting research positions at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Edinburgh, Uppsala University, and Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies. He is currently a Marie Curie Global Fellow at the University of Göttingen. During his time at the Neubauer Collegium he is working on a project reassessing Kant’s cosmopolitanism. The project explores the growing globalization of Kant’s hometown, Königsberg, its changing political situation on the coast of the Baltic Sea, along with the local political debates this sparked. Paired with an examination of the multitude of sources that informed Kant’s global outlook the project critically analyzes Kant’s cosmopolitanism in order to understand the historicity of Kant’s political thought. The aim of the study is to publish a monograph with the current working title, Kant, a Cosmopolitan in Königsberg.