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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. He also held research and teaching positions at the University of Toronto and the Catholic University of Louvain and spent research stays at Princeton University and Duke University.

His current research and teaching interests are in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of education, with a focus on normative problems arising from digitalization and globalization. His book publications are "Democratic Education in a Globalized World – A Normative Theory" (Routledge, 2019) and "Global Justice and Development" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He also serves as co-editor of the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric.


  • 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)


My new book "Democratic Education in a Globalized World – A Normative Theory" (Routledge, 2019) will be discussed at an author-meets-critics-session at the Human Development and Capability annual conference at University College London and at a book launch workshop at Universität St. Gallen. Both events will take place in September 2019.



2019. Democratic Education in a Globalized World. A Normative Theory. London and New York: Routledge.
2019. "Two Tales of the Capability Approach." Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 20
2019. “Reflections on the Compatibility between Global Democratic Justice and Confucianism.” In El-Kholi, Hugo and Jun-Hyong Kwak, Global Justice in East Asia, London: Routledge
2019. "Zur praktischen Relevanz des politischen Liberalismus – eine Verteidigung am Beispiel gerechter Bildungspolitik.“ In Fischer, Karsten und Sebastian Huhnholz (Hg.), Liberalismus: Traditionsbestände und Gegenwartskontroversen, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 387-407
2019. Editior of special issue “Global Justice In and Through Education,” Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 12/1
2018. “Internationalizing Nussbaum’s Model of Cosmopolitan Democratic Education.” Ethics and Education 13/2, 172–90
2018. "Israeli History Textbooks and Palestinians – Remarks on a Critical Theory of Israeli School Education.“ Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies 17/1, 115–29
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
2018. “Freiheit.” In Oberreuter, Heinrich (ed.), 8th edition of the Staatslexikon der Görres-Gesellschaft, Freiburg: Herder, Vol. II, 837-45
2018. Book review of David Ingram, World Crisis and Underdevelopment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2018.07.19
2018. Editior of special issue “Education and Migration.” The Journal of Global Ethics 14/2, with Danielle Zwarthoed

Conferences & Lectures


2019. Human Development and Capability Association, Annual Conference, University College London
2019. Austrian Wittgenstein Society, International Symposium, Kirchberg 
2019. Inaugural Lecture, Department of Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt
2019. Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Workshop on “New Universalisms”
2019. Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University
2019. Commentary on Morganne Ollier, Climate Change Conference, The American University of Paris
2018. Habilitation-Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt
2018. Global Justice and East Asia Symposium, Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-Sen University
2018. Postcolonial Justice Workshop, Department of Political Science, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
2018. Socio-Economic Education Conference, Association for Socio-Economic Education and Research, Academy for Civic Education in Tutzing
2018. Educational Justice Conference, Department of Philosophy, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
2018. Commentary on Diego von Vacano, Transnational Democratic Theory Panel, German Association for Political Science
2018. Commentary on Inés Valdez, Kantian International Order Workshop, Goethe University of Frankfurt
2018. Commentary on Allen Buchanan, "The Evolution of Moral Progress" Book Launch Workshop, Goethe University of Frankfurt


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
  • Human Development and Capability Association
  • International Development Ethics Association
  • The Global Justice Network

Research Areas

  • Development Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Political Philosophy
  • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory

Curriculum Vitae