Research interests 


History of philosophy
Much of my research focuses on early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment, mainly on questions of moral and political philosophy, moral psychology (emotions and passions), aspects of philosophical and theological anthropology, and the philosophy of religion.
One of my domains of specialisation are the debates on self-love, amour-propre and egoism in moral philosophy and moral psychology. I am the author of a Doctoral Thesis entitled Self-Love in Early 18th-Century British Moral Philosophy: Shaftesbury, Mandeville, Hutcheson, Butler and Campbell, which I am currently preparing for publication with Edinburgh University Press, and I have written a chapter entitled 'Self-interest and Sociability' for the Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, edited by James Harris (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Amongst other figures, I have worked on the moral philosophies of Francis Hutcheson, Archibald Campbell, Bernard Mandeville. 

I am furthermore interested in the intricate relations between moral philosophy and moral theology in the 17th and early 18th centuries. From this perspective, I have done research on 
various figures in Scotland (e.g. on Campbell's tensions with the Committee for Purity of Doctrine, 
on the developments in the 17th century), on French Augustinians of the 17th century (e.g. on Blaise Pascal, Perre Nicole, Jacques Esprit and Jacques Abbadie), and 
on Calvinism in Geneva (e.g. on the Turrettinis). 
I have furthermore investigated various facets of Neostoicism and of the reception of Stoicism in general. 

From 2010 until 2014, I was a member of the Member of the Leverhulme research project 'Scottish Philosophers in 17th-Century Scotland and France'.

In 2016, I plan to start a major project on early modern and present-day debates on tolerance regarding religion, with a strong focus on 17th- and 18th- century Scotland and England, as well as on the Genevan theologian and philosopher Jean-Alphonse Turrettini.


Systematic philosophy
My main reserach interests are in moral philosophy, ethics and moral psychology, and in political philosophy. 
I focus on more specific themes, such as self-love and egoism, the philosophy of love and friendship, and the emotion of pity. 
I am completing a systematic introduction to contemporary philosophy of love in French, and I have co-edited a collection of essays entitled 'Love and Its Objects' (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) with Tony Milligan (King's College, London) and Kamila Pacovská (University of Pardubice).
In practical ethics, I am particularly interested in discrimination and racism. I have coordinated the Swiss working group 'Platform for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research on Discrimination' with Tarek Naguib.



Miscellaneous
I have done research on theoretical and practical questions of interdisciplinarity. I have participated in various interdisciplinary research projects with a variety of disciplines, such as intellectual history, history, literature, theology, law, etc.
I am interested in the aesthetics of theatre, literature and film, and especially in Siegfried Kracauer's early writings. 
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Christian Maurer

Philosophy Department, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Current position: 


Dr Christian Maurer 
Assistant docteur 

Département de philosophie
Université de Fribourg (Switzerland)

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