Hartmut Rosa

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Hartmut Rosa (2015)

Hartmut Rosa (born August 15, 1965 in Lörrach ) is a German sociologist and political scientist .

Rosa teaches at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena . He is director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt and co-editor of the trade journal Time & Society and the Berlin journal for sociology .


Education and career

Hartmut Rosa passed the Abitur examination at the Hochrhein-Gymnasium Waldshut in 1985 . After the community service he started in 1986 a master's degree of political science , philosophy and German studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg , where he graduated in 1993 with honors. With his dissertation Identity and Cultural Practice. Political philosophy of Charles Taylor was called in 1997 at the Humboldt University of Berlin with the title summa cum laude to the Dr. rer. soc. PhD.

He worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Political Science III at the University of Mannheim (1996–1997) and as a research assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (1997–1999). In 2004 he completed his habilitation there with the study of social acceleration. The change in time structures in modern times for sociology and political science. In the 2004 summer semester he held a chair for political science / political theory at the University of Duisburg-Essen . In the winter semester 2004/2005 and in the summer semester 2005 he was a substitute professor for political science at the Philosophical and Social Science Faculty of the University of Augsburg .

In 2005 Hartmut Rosa was appointed professor for general and theoretical sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena . Since 2011 he has been the spokesman for the DFG- funded research group "Landnahme, Acceleration, Activation (Post-Growth Society)", which deals with growth criticism.

In September 2013 he accompanied the Federal President Joachim Gauck as a state guest on his trip to France. Since October 2013 Rosa has been director of the Max Weber College for Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt . In 2017 he gave the keynote lecture at the end of the Salzburg University Weeks .

Stays abroad

He spent the winter semester of 1988/89 at the London School of Economics and Political Science on a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation . He has been to the United States several times for study purposes; Among other things, he worked in 1995 as a research assistant in the Department of Government / Center for European Studies at Harvard University . He also received a Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2001/02 to work as a visiting professor at New School University in New York . He has been a visiting professor at this university since 2002.

Research priorities

Rosa deals with the topics of time diagnosis and modern analysis, normative and empirical foundations of social criticism, subject and identity theories , time sociology and acceleration theory as well as currently what he calls the “sociology of world relations”.

  • Studies of the sociology of time and modern theory form the basis of his habilitation thesis “Social Acceleration. The change in temporal structures ”. The "technical or economically induced acceleration" is evident in the rapid development of technology in the 19th and 20th centuries. Century and the social acceleration of the people. The history of modernity is at the same time the history of acceleration. Due to the time saved by technical progress, there is a time constraint and no time gain. According to Rosa, the multitude of possibilities means that a person can no longer exhaust the possibilities given him in the course of his life. The “rate of increase exceeds the rate of acceleration”, which means that what has just been experienced is no longer up to date and individuals have no chance of dying “full of life”, as Goethe's Faust also did. Rosa creates the "slippery slope phenomenon": Accordingly, people must - or rather: can - never rest and never be satisfied, as otherwise they would have to reckon with a loss or disadvantage. Rosa no longer sees any control over human life, since the speed of acceleration has become independent. Most recently, he dealt in particular with the topos of desynchronization, i.e. the increasing divergence of time structures in different social areas such as politics and economics.
  • Communitarianism Debate”: Rosa particularly campaigns for a social orientation towards the “ good life ”, for example on the subject of socio-ecological growth criticism . He has also written several introductory texts on communitarian political and democratic theory. This topic also includes his dissertation on the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor .
  • Formation of mobilization resources : The question of what mobilization resources for civic engagement can form in the general development of modern societies, especially that of the East German transformation society, and which political attitudes are more likely to result in voluntary or civil society engagement, is the third research focus. According to Rosa, identifying with the state, “my country,” creates a moral obligation to see that state act properly. In order to be able to guarantee this, you have to work for it yourself.
  • The metatheory in the philosophy of science of the social sciences from a perspective of the history of ideas: He emphasizes the merits of the so-called Cambridge School , whose members, in his view, “sharpened the awareness of methodological questions and theoretical requirements in dealing with the history of ideas and thereby opened a fruitful methodological discussion” would have. Rosa calls for a questioning of political theories with regard to their content and their effects. That means the investigation of traditional and discussion contexts as well as normative or ideological implications, in which he sees the central concern of a critical conceptual history. This research focus combines its previous subject areas. Rosa seeks new connections between current social theory with analyzes of the time diagnosis and a normative, critical social philosophy, the basis of which he sees in the link between "political, identity and modern theoretical considerations".
  • With the resonance theory designed as part of a “Sociology of World Relationship”, Rosa presents a counter-concept to the ubiquity of alienation by making everyday experiences of successful, “resonant” world relationships a critical basis. As a continuation of a critical theory , Rosa sees herself in the tradition of Erich Fromm .


Fonts (selection)


Articles in collective works

  • Integration, Conflict and Alienation - The Perspective of Communitarianism. In: Hans-Joachim Giegel (Ed.): Conflict in modern societies. Frankfurt am Main 1998, pp. 202-244.
  • The procedural society and the idea of ​​strong political judgments. To the moral map of justice. In: Herfried Münkler , Marcus Llanque (Hrsg.): Conceptions of justice. Baden-Baden 1999, pp. 395-423.
  • Political action and the emergence of the new in politics. In: Harald Bluhm , Jürgen Gebhardt (Hrsg.): Concepts of political action. Creativity - Innovation - Practices. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2001, pp. 23–42.
  • Between self-thematization and articulation? Situational identity as a vanishing point of individualization and acceleration. In: Jürgen Straub, Joachim Renn (Ed.): Transitory Identity. The process character of the modern self. Campus, Frankfurt am Main / New York 2002, pp. 267–302.
  • with K.-U. Meyn (Ed.): Citizenship and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. On the state of political culture in the post-socialist states. (= Collegium Europaeum Jenense. Volume 33). Glaux-Verlag, Jena 2005.
  • Accelération. In: Philippe Zawieja , Franck Guarnieri (ed.): Dictionnaire des risques psychosociaux. Éditions du Seuil , Paris 2014, pp. 14–15.
  • Résonance. In: Philippe Zawieja, Franck Guarnieri (ed.): Dictionnaire des risques psychosociaux. Éditions du Seuil, Paris 2014, pp. 647–649.
  • The error of the antagonistic social ontology. On the critical theory of democratic resonance . In: Ulf Bohmann, Paul Sörensen (Ed.): Critical Theory of Politics . Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin, pp. 209-242.


  • Christian Helge and Peter Schulz (eds.): Resonances and dissonances. Hartmut Rosa's critical theory under discussion. Transcript, Bielefeld 2017.
  • Tobias Kläden and Michael Schüßler (eds.): Too fast for God? Theological controversies on acceleration and response. Herder, Freiburg 2017.
  • Jean-Pierre Wils (Ed.): Resonance. In conversation with Hartmut Rosa , Nomos, Baden-Baden 2018.

Web links

Commons : Hartmut Rosa  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
To the work

Individual evidence

  1. Hartmut Rosa at the FernUniversität Hagen
  2. a b Profile at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena .
  3. ^ Sociologist Rosa: The crisis of democracy and religion are related .
  4. Hartmut Rosas' fields of work at the University of Jena
  5. Ulf Bohmann, Henning Laux, Hartmut Rosa: Desynchronization and Populism. A sociological experiment on the democratic crisis using the example of financial market regulation . In: Cologne journal for sociology and social psychology . tape 70 , 2018, p. 195-226 , doi : 10.1007 / s11577-018-0544-8 .
  6. Hartmut Rosa, Christoph Henning (eds.): The Good Life Beyond Growth: New Perspectives . Routledge, New York 2018, ISBN 978-1-138-68788-2 .
  7. Hartmut Rosa, Ulf Bohmann: The political theory of communitarianism: Charles Taylor . In: André Brodocz, Gary Schaal (Ed.): Political Theories of the Present . 4th edition. tape II . UTB, Stuttgart 2015, p. 65-102 .
  8. Ulf Bohmann, Hartmut Rosa: The good and the right. The communitarian democracy theories . In: Oliver Lembcke, Claudia Ritzi, Gary Schaal (Eds.): Contemporary Democratic Theory . tape 1 . Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2012, p. 127-155 .
  9. Michael Beetz, Michael Corsten, Hartmut Rosa, Torsten Winkler: What moves Germany? Socio-moral maps of committed and distant citizens in East and West Germany . Beltz Juventa, Weinheim, ISBN 978-3-7799-2920-8 .
  10. Hartmut Rosa: History of ideas and social theory. The Cambridge School's Contribution to Metatheory . In: Political quarterly . tape 35 , 1994, pp. 197-223 .
  11. The source of all fear and the umbilical cord to life: Erich Fromm's philosophy from the point of view of resonance theory . Erich Fromm Lecture on the occasion of the Erich Fromm Award Ceremony 2018 to Hartmut Rosa, Fromm Society on YouTube , (video 58:42 min.), March 27, 2018
  12. Erich Fromm Prize for Hartmut Rosa . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung of December 20, 2017, p. 14.
  13. Homepage of the Prize of the Vienna Medical Association
  14. Utrecht University awards Hartmut Rosa an honorary doctorate , report from January 28, 2019 on uni-erfurt.de.
  15. Werner Heisenberg Medal for Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa , message from March 10, 2020 on uni-erfurt.de.
  16. Rob Rhoads Global Citizenship Education Award for Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa , message from March 10, 2020 on uni-erfurt.de.
  17. Reading sample .