Research interests in philosophy:

History of philosophy
My research focuses on philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries, and in the Enlightenment in general, with a special focus 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 is 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, 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 (OUP, 2013).
I have worked quite extensively on the moral philosophy of Francis Hutcheson, Archibald Campbell and Bernard Mandeville. 
In collaboration with Laurent Jaffro (Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon) and Alain Petit (Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II), we have recently published an edition of Shaftesbury's Latin manuscript Pathologia - a treatise on the Stoic theory of the emotions or passions. Our edition includes an introduction and commentary, the Latin text and an English translation.
From September 2013 until August 2014, I am conducting a SNSF funded research project entitled 'Archibald Campbell: Philosopher and Theologian at the Beginning of the Scottish Enlightenment' as a visiting researcher in the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
I have an interest in various Enlightenment figures from the Scottish Enlightenment (e.g. Hume and Reid), from the Lumières (e.g. Rousseau) and the Aufklärung (e.g. Mendelssohn).

I am furthermore interested in the relation between moral philosophy and moral theology in the 17th and early 18th centuries. From this perspective, I have done research on Scotland (e.g. on Campbell's tensions with the Committee for Purity of Doctrine), on French Augustinians of the 17th century (e.g. Pascal, Nicole, Esprit and Abbadie), on Calvinism in Geneva (e.g. the Turrettinis and Vernet), and on different aspects of Neostoicism and the reception of Stoicism in general:
With Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne), Fritz Osterwalder and Lukas Boser (Berne), I have organised an interdisciplinary workshop on Christopher Brooke's new book Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau (Princeton, 2012).
I have organised a workshop on Hutcheson's and Moor's translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.
I am interested in Neo-Latin philosophy, e.g. Neo-Stoic and Calvinist philosophers and theologians from the 17th and 18th century. Most importantly, I am currently working on Scottish theses philosophicæ from the 17th century. 
I am a member of the research group 'Scottish Philosophers in 17th-Century Scotland and France'.

Systematic philosophy
My main reserach interests are in moral philosophy, ethics and moral psychology, as well as political philosophy. 
I focus on more specific themes, such as self-love and egoism, the philosophy of love and friendship, the emotion of pity. 
I am currently finishing a systematic introduction to contemporary philosophy of love in French, and I am co-editing a collection of essays entitled 'Love and Its Objects' with Tony Milligan (Hatfield) and Kamila Pacovská (Pardubice).

In practical ethics, I am particularly interested in discrimination and racism, and I currently coordinate the Swiss working group 'Platform for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research on Discrimination' with Tarek Naguib.

I have done research on theoretical and practical questions of interdisciplinarity. I have participated in interdisciplinary research projects with a variety of other disciplines, such as intellectual history, history, literature, theology, law, etc.
I am interested in the aesthetics of theatre, literature and film (e.g. Siegfried Kracauer's early works). 
I am passionate about exploring different methods of teaching philosophy.PhD.htmlPhD.htmlWorkshop_Hutcheson.html

Christian Maurer

Philosophy Department, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Current position: 

Dr Christian Maurer, Assistant docteur (lecturer)
Département de philosophie of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

*September 2013 - August 2014: Research Fellowships at the Universities of St. Andrews (Philosophy & Intellectual History) & Edinburgh, (IASH), funded by the SNSF