Daniel Burnfin joined the department in 2015 after studying in Leuven, Heidelberg and Amherst. He received his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven and his M.A. in German studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Historical-thematic areas of interest to him include the relation between classical German literature, the sciences and 19th century German philosophy—the relation between ‘critical’ and ‘speculative’ thought, Jena 1794-1807, the history of Hegel-reception and the influence of neo-Kantianism on the latter. Specific authors of interest to him include Hölderlin, von Kleist and Kafka; Hegel, Marx and Freud. At present he is interested in the relation between poetics and ‘speculative’ thought, the notion of speculative criticism, as well as contemporary implications of Hegel’s account of abstraction and ‘understanding’ (Verstand).