As a theologian and philosopher, I work in the main areas mentioned below. You can view my current projects in detail on the next pages.
My philosophical interests lie in the field of philosophy of art, artifacts and religion.
Analytical Clarification of the term "Missbrauch" (abuse)
In an essay entitled "Peculiarities of Religious Logic and Their Consequences. An Analysis of the Catholic Ambiguity of the Concept of Abuse," I address the various meanings of "Missbrauch" (abuse), a term that has played a key role in the intra-church discussion of recent years. In a first step I distinguish between "Missbrauch" as antonym to "Gebrauch" (use) and a person-related meaning of the term: abuse as violation of autonomy. In a second step I distinguish between an understanding of the term shaped by the ecclesiastical order and one shaped by modern liberal orders. I conclude that the term "Missbrauch" as used in the Catholic Church and "Missbrauch" as used in secular systems have two completely different meanings, based on two opposing sets of moral premises: For the ecclesiastical order "Missbrauch" is a violation of obedience. For the secular order "Missbrauch" is the violation of a person's autonomy and intimacy.
The initial question of my dissertation was: What is an original? The observation behind the question: in many philosophical articles the concept remains unexplained. Assumptions about the mysterious origins of ingenious ideas, which have accompanied artistic creative processes since the 18th century and play a role in the reception of works to this day, further complicate the specification of the term.
In the second half of my dissertation, I develop a definition that attempts to do justice to originals of as many kinds of artifact types as possible - including non-artistic artifacts like consumer goods or branded goods: A thing (x) is an original if it possesses a property (Z) that is relevant in a particular context (k), in contrast to another object (y) that only supposedly possesses the same property (Z) so that in k, x is distinguished from y.
My theological focus lies in certain areas of systematic and practical theology. My research interests are in particular theological justifications for the factual constitution of the Roman Catholic Church in its current legal form as well as the conditions and forms of autonomous spirituality, the theological causes and consequences of binary and normative gender orders, and last but not least manifestations of Catholic fundamentalism.
These are some of my other projects and activities. I write articles for the ZEIT supplement Christ & Welt. I also hold lectures and training courses on the subject of "spiritual abuse" for spiritual directors, priests, religious and parishes. I am a consultant for Voices of Faith and contact person for women who have experienced violence in the church.