Philipp Sarasin

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Philipp Sarasin (born October 1, 1956 in Basel ) is a Swiss historian , professor of modern general history at the Department of History at the University of Zurich and author .


Philipp Sarasin studied history , philosophy and economics at the Universities of Basel and Heidelberg . In 1990 he received his doctorate with a thesis on the Basel upper middle class . As a post-doctoral student , he worked at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris . From 1993 to 2000 he was assistant and lecturer at the history seminar of the University of Basel . There he obtained his habilitation in 1999 with a thesis on body history in the 19th century. Since 2000 he has been a full professor of modern general and Swiss history at the History Department of the University of Zurich.

Sarasin is a co-founder and member of the Center for the History of Knowledge , the scientific advisory board of the Internet platform H-Soz-u-Kult and publisher of the literature management program Litlink . Since 2016 he has been co-editor of the online magazine Geschichte der Gegenwart . Due to his recent publications and lectures on Michel Foucault, he is considered one of the best German-speaking experts on the work of the French historian of ideas. His book Darwin and Foucault. Genealogy and history under the sign of biology has caused a stir in the German feature pages, but has also been criticized in some cases.


  • City of Citizens: Structural Change and Bourgeois Life in Basel 1870–1900. Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel 1990, ISBN 3-7190-1107-0 ( dissertation , University of Basel, 1990). 2nd, revised and expanded edition: City of Citizens: Bürgerliche Macht und Städtische Gesellschaft Basel 1846–1914. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1997, ISBN 3-525-36105-X .
  • Physiology and industrial society - studies on the scientification of the body in the 19th and 20th centuries . / edited by Philipp Sarasin and Jakob Tanner . Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​1998.
  • Irritable Machines: A History of the Body 1765–1914. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2001, ISBN 3-518-29124-6 .
  • History and discourse analysis. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2003, ISBN 3-518-29239-0 .
  • Anthrax: bio-terror as phantasm. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 3-518-12368-8 .
  • Michel Foucault as an introduction. Junius, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-88506-606-8 ; 5th completely revised edition, 2013, ISBN 978-3-88506-066-6 .
  • Bacteriology and Modernity: Studies on the Biopolitics of the Invisible; 1870 - 1920 / ed. by Philipp Sarasin. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, ​​2007.
  • What about Michel Foucault? Hamburger Edition, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-936096-97-2 .
  • Darwin and Foucault. Genealogy and history under the sign of biology. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-58522-1 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vademecum of the historical sciences. 4th edition. F. Steiner, Stuttgart 2000, p. 539.
  2. Overview of the editors on history of the present
  3. Philipp Sarasin: "Darwin and Foucault". Have you been to Wanne-Eickel? In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . March 4, 2009.