Jürgen Manemann

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Jürgen Manemann (2009)

Jürgen Manemann (born October 6, 1963 in Lingen (Ems) ) is a German Catholic theologian , philosopher and director of the Research Institute for Philosophy in Hanover .


After graduating from high school Georgianum in Lingen (Ems), Manemann studied Catholic theology in Münster . After graduating, he received his doctorate in 1993 with Johann Baptist Metz and in 2000 with Jürgen Werbick . In 1997 and 2011 he was a Coolidge Fellow of the Association for Religious and Intellectual Life in America at Columbia University / New York. In 2008 he was visiting professor at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem . From 2001 to 2004 he taught fundamental theology as a private lecturer at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. Several research stays in the USA followed and numerous guest lectures at home and abroad. From 2004 to 2009 Manemann was professor for Christian worldview, religious and cultural theory at the University of Erfurt . Since 2009 he has been director of the Research Institute for Philosophy in Hanover and teaches at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover , the University of Erfurt and the University of Hildesheim Foundation .

He is u. a. Member of the Steven S. Weinstein Holocaust Symposium , Wroxton College, England; Co-founder and organizer of the Ahauser Forum Political Theology; Member of the Presidium of the Romano Guardini Foundation; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal for Medical Ethics; Member of the Council of Climate Wise Men and City of Hanover; Member of the Advisory Board of Res Publica magazine . A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy (2000–2009), Editor of Contemporary Theology (2007–09) and Editor of the Yearbook Political Theology (1995–2008). He is editor of the book series Philosophy aktuell ( Lit , Münster), Studies in Humanism and Atheism ( Palgrave Macmillan ) and the magazine next think. Journal of Philosophy . In addition, in 2012 and 2014 he co-organized the Festival of Philosophy in Hanover. He is co-organizer of the "Young Philosophy" format in Hanover.


As a political philosopher, Jürgen Manemann's main concern is to further develop the knowledge of the new political theology of Johann Baptist Metz in dealing with the prophetic pragmatism of Cornel West and to make it fruitful for a philosophy of politics. Both theology and politics require s. E. a new location. Manemann divides the political field into three levels: government policy, whose ethics are power, citizenship policies, whose ethics are change, and justice, which is the foundation of politics. He writes: “Knowing what is political means knowing what is fair.” The basic requirement of all politics, however, is sensitivity to suffering. Central to his thinking is the question "How should we live together?" In addition to the representative and direct dimension of democracy, Manemann wants to strengthen the participatory dimension, which for him is fundamental. In this context he calls for a new emotionalisation of politics. For him, democracy is radical democracy . Manemann advocates activating political ethics that work to ensure that the foundations of politics are preserved and improved. In this context he also calls for a transformation of Christian social ethics into activating Christian political ethics. In his political ethics he also deals with jihadism. For him, jihadism is active nihilism. In this country, according to Manemann, only a consistent policy of recognition and sensitivity to suffering can withstand it. The fascination for jihadism becomes s. E. Not caused by Islam, but by hatred. In addition, Manemann deals with questions of atheistic humanism.

For Manemann, the decisive challenges of the present are democracy and climate change. Against the talk of the Anthropocene , which has become the key word in climate policy debates, Manemann advocates a “new human ecology ”, because the time is not a further hominization of the world, but a deeper humanization of humans. The aim is to transform civil society into a “cultural society” ( Adrienne Goehler ).

For Manemann, philosophy is essentially the diagnosis of time. For this reason he also deals with the pop-cultural phenomenon hip-hop. Philosophy can learn from hip-hop what it means to diagnose time. If it is the task of philosophy to announce the time, then the philosophy of hip-hop means: "Perform what is time." The philosophical methods of this philosophy are citations, collages, samples, comments and refinements. Philosophical topoi of a philosophy of hip hop are u. a .: ›Authenticity‹, ›Self-respect‹, ›Recognition‹, ›Justice‹, ›Discrimination‹, but also ›Time and Temporality‹.


  • “Because it's not just history” (Hilde Sherman). The justification of the need for a fragmentary historiography of National Socialism from a political-theological point of view . LIT, Hamburg / Münster 1995.
  • Carl Schmitt and Political Theology. Political anti-monotheism . Munster 2002.
  • Saving memory of the future. Essay on Christian Aging . Mainz 2005.
  • Yearbook Political Theology, Vol. 1: Democracy Capability . Hamburg / Münster 1995 (second rev. Edition 2000).
  • together with JB Metz: Christology after Auschwitz - statements following theses by Tiemo Rainer Peters . Münster 1998 (second edition 2001 with an answer from Tiemo Rainer Peters).
  • Yearbook Political Theology . Volume 3: Limited Time . Hamburg / Münster 1999.
  • together with H. Lutterbach: Religion and Terror. 11 September voices from Christianity, Islam and Judaism . Munster 2002
  • Yearbook Political Theology . Volume 4: Monotheism . Hamburg / Münster 2002 (second improved edition 2005).
  • together with JK Downey and ST Ostovich (eds.): Missing God? Cultural Amnesia and Political Theology . Berlin 2006.
  • About friends and enemies. Brotherhood of God. Kevelaer 2008.
  • together with B. Wacker (Hrsg.): Jahrbuch Politische Theologie. Volume 5: Political Theology - proofread . Hamburg / Münster 2008.
  • together with J. Malik (Ed.): Religious Productivity in Europe. Markings in the religious field. Munster 2009.
  • How shall we live together? Diagnoses currently (brochure). Hildesheim 2010.
  • together with E. Bohlken, V. Drell, M. Dröscher, T. Hoffmann and A. Holzknecht (eds.): Church-Nuclear Energy-Climate Change. An opinion with documents . 3. Edition. Münster 2011.
  • together with Y. Arisaka, V. Drell and AM Hauk: Prophetischer Pragmatismus. An introduction to the thinking of Cornel West . Munich 2012
  • together with W. Schreer (ed.): Religion and Migration Today. Perspectives - positions - projects . Regensburg 2012.
  • together with U. Hemel, A. Fritzsche (Ed.): Habituelle Unternehmensethik. From ethics to ethics . Baden-Baden 2012.
  • How we live well together. 11 theses for a return to politics . Ostfildern 2013.
  • Critique of the Anthropocene: A Plea for a New Human Ecology . Bielefeld 2014.
  • together with U. Hemel and C. Dierksmeier (Hrsg.): Wirtschaftsanthropologie . Baden-Baden 2015.
  • Studies in Humanism and Atheism. (Series ed. With A. Pinn) New York.
  • Jihad and nihilism in the West. Why do young Europeans go to war? Bielefeld 2015.
  • together with Marie-Christine Kajewski (Ed.): Political Theology and Political Philosophy . Baden-Baden 2016.
  • together with Ulrich Hemel (ed.): Finding a home - inventing a home. Political-philosophical perspectives . Munich 2017.
  • together with Eike Brock: Philosophy of HipHop. Perform what is time . Bielefeld 2018.
  • Democracy and emotion. What distinguishes a democratic we from an identitary we, Bielefeld 2019.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Research Institute for Philosophy Hannover ( Memento from August 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 2, 2012.
  2. Jürgen Manemann u. a .: Prophetic pragmatism. An introduction to the philosophy of Cornel West . 2nd Edition. Fink, Paderborn 2013.
  3. Jürgen Manemann: How we live well together. 11 theses for a return to politics . Patmos-Verlag, Ostfildern 2013, p. 78.
  4. Jürgen Manemann: Liquid Democracy - A critical contribution to the discussion August 16, 2013.
  5. Jürgen Manemann: Democracy and Emotion . transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN 978-3-8376-4979-6 , p. 124 , doi : 10.14361 / 9783837649796 .
  6. Jürgen Manemann: Plea for an activating Christian political ethic , April 1, 2014.
  7. Jürgen Manemann: Jihad and the nihilism of the West - Why do young Europeans go to war? . transcript, Bielefeld 2015.
  8. Jürgen Manemann in the program Aspects from December 4, 2015.
  9. Anthony Pinn, Jürgen Manemann (Ed.): Studies in Humanism and Atheism
  10. Jürgen Manemann: Critique of the Anthropocene: Plea for a new human ecology . transcript, Bielefeld 2014.
  11. J. Manemann / Eike Brock: Philosophy of HipHop. Perform what is time . transcript, Bielefeld 2018.