As Professor Emeritus and Director of the Institute for General and Comparative Literature and from in Frankfurt, Werner Hamacher has published widely about the interrelations between philosophy, literature, and politics, expanding his analyses into the fields of art, psychoanalysis, law, and historiography. He has researched extensively on the following topics: German and comparative literature, the Enlightenment through the present, aesthetics, hermeneutics, philosophy of language and history as well as the margins of literature.
Professor Hamacher taught for more than a decade at the Humanities Center and the German Department of the Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at Yale University, the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Franz Rosenzweig Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the École Normale SupÉrieur in Paris.
Professor Hamacher's publications include
Pleroma: Reading in Hegel
Premises: Essays on Philosophy and Literature from Kant to Celan
Maser. Bemerkungen im Hinblick auf die Bilder von Hinrich Weidemann
. Professor Hamacher has also edited many volumes, including
Paul de Man
Wartime Journalism 1939-1943
Responses on Paul de Man's Wartime Journalism
Nietzsche aus Frankreich
, contributed to numerous books and journals and lectured widely. He is the editor of the prestigious philosophical sector of the Stanford University Press Series,
Meridian – Crossing Aesthetics
, was co-editor of the German Issue of
Modern Language Notes
(MLN) and serves on the editorial board of
His work bridging literature and philosophy focuses on German texts of modernity. Along with Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida and other contemporary critical thinkers, Professor Hamacher's approach brings together several themes, topics and texts while engaging the reader in theoretical investigations of a highly interdisciplinary nature.
He received his B. A. in 1971, his M. A. in 1972, and his Ph. D. in 1977 from the Freie Universität Berlin.