Julian Culp

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator for Philosophy

  • Department: History
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Professor Culp joined The American University of Paris as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the fall of 2018. Before that, he was a lecturer and research associate in philosophy and political theory at the Goethe University of Frankfurt since 2010. He also held research and teaching positions at the University of Toronto in 2014-15 and the Catholic University of Louvain in 2017 and spent research stays at Princeton University in 2011 and at Duke University in 2008.

His research and teaching interests are in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of economics and philosophy of education. His book publications are Democratic Education in a Globalized World (Routledge, 2019) and Global Justice and Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He also serves as co-editor of the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric and as series editor of Philosophy of Education: Constellations and Debates (mentis Verlag).

At The American University of Paris, Culp coordinates the Philosophy Program, serves as a member of the Global Liberal Arts Core Curriculum committee, and is a Fellow of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies.


  • Habilitation in Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt (2018)
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt (2012)
  • M.A. in Political and Economic Philosophy, University of Bern (2008)
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, University of Bayreuth (2006)


  • Symposium in Ethics & Global Politics on Democratic Education in a Globalized World: Prof. Klaus Dingwerth and Simon Pistor have guest-edited a symposium on my book Democratic Education in a Globalized World, which is forthcoming in in Ethics & Global Politics.
  • New Journal Article: My article “Discourse Ethics, Epistemology and Educational Justice – A Reply to Harvey Siegel” has  been published online first in Theory and Research in Education in September 2020.
  • New Edited Book: Together with Danielle Zwarthoed I have co-edited a collection of essays, which has been published in  with Routledge as Education and Migration in summer 2020.



2019. Democratic Education in a Globalized World. A Normative Theory. London: Routledge.

Reviewed in:

  • Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung by Johannes Drerup
  • Zeitschrift für internationale Bildungsforschung und Entwicklungspädagogik by Krassimir Stojanov
  • Ethics and Global Politics by Martin Beckstein, Michael Festl and Michael Geiss (in a symposium)


2014. Global Justice and Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reviewed in:


(Co-)Edited Books and Journal Special Issues (all with an editorial introduction)


Journal Articles


Articles in Edited Books


Handbook, Encyclopedia and Lexicon Articles
  • 2020. “Poverty,” in LaFollete, Hugh (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics.
  • 2018. “Freiheit,” in Oberreuter, Heinrich (ed.), 8th edition of the Staatslexikon der Görres-Gesellschaft, Freiburg: Herder, Vol. II, 837-45.
  • 2018. “Global and Social Justice in Development,” in Drydyk, Jay and Lori Keleher (eds.), Handbook of Development Ethics, London: Routledge, 103–15.
  • 2018. “International Responsibilities,” in Drydyk, Jay and Lori Keleher (eds.), Handbook of Development Ethics, London: Routledge, 333–45
  • 2015. “Development,” in Moellendorf, Darrel and Heather Widdows (eds.), The Handbook of Global Ethics, London: Routledge, 170–81
  • 2011. “Ideal Moral Theory,” in Chatterjee, Deen (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Dordrecht: Springer, 521–3, with Nicole Hassoun


Book Reviews




  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
  • Human Development and Capability Association
  • The Global Justice Network
  • North American Association for Philosophy and Education

Research Areas

  • Social and Political Philosophy: methodology (critical theory; ideal and non-ideal theory; theory and practice), democracy, social, global and climate change justice, development and progress, freedom and equality, Comparative Political Theory, The Frankfurt School
  • Moral Philosophy (meta-ethics, normative ethics and applied ethics): coherentism vs. foundationalism, discourse ethics, development ethics (capabilities approach), responsibility in a multipolar world, educational ethics (autonomy and peace education)
  • Philosophy of Education: educational justice, digital and transnational citizenship education, critical consciousness, migration and integration
  • Philosophy of Economics: action theory (rational choice and communicative action) behavioral economics (altruism and social preferences), development and welfare economic