David Kretz

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Cohort Year: 2018
Research Interests: philosophy of history, hermeneutics, translation theory, philosophical anthropology, modern social thought
Education: M.A. in Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure Paris, 2018; B.A. in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought, Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts), 2016

My current project is, first, to show that historical agency, since the late 18th century, has often been conceptualized on the model of poetic creation as the Romantics conceived of it, and, in a second step, to develop an alternative that looks to the translator rather than the poet as paradigm for historical action. To this end, background issues in social theory, especially regarding the concepts of 'world' and 'modernity' are also of great interest to me.


  1. Literature and Philosophy (co-coordinator 2020-21)
  2. Poetry and Poetics

Teaching Experience

  1. German 101, 102, 103 (Language Instructor, 2020)
  2. Metaphysics, Morbidity, & Modernity: Mann's The Magic Mountain (TA, Winter 2020)