Joseph Vogl

Joseph Vogl is a German philosopher whose work has ranged widely across subjects including literary studies, political economy, cultural theory and the media. He is currently Professor of Modern German Literature, Cultural and Media Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Permanent Visiting Professor in the Department of German at Princeton University. In addition to his work on the relationship between knowledge and literature and his development of the concept of ‘poetologies of knowledge’, he has published a series of cultural critiques of financial capitalism in recent years, including the important book Spectres of Capital, which aimed to demystify the rise of the unquestioning neoliberal faith in the beneficent power of self-regulating market forces. He has also examined the historical process by which financial markets and institutions have become increasingly powerful and states become increasingly dependent on them, a theme explored in his Polity book The Ascendancy of Finance.