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Michael Kühler

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Assistant professor


I was an assistant professor at the department of Philosophy at the University of Twente and “Privatdozent” of Philosophy as well as an associated member of the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics at the University of Münster (Germany). In November 2020, I have joined the Academy for Responsible Research, Teaching, and Innovation (ARRTI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).


My research interests cover ethics, metaethics, applied ethics, the philosophy of personhood, esp. personal autonomy and related topics, the philosophy of love, political philosophy, and action theory. Currently, I am working on questions of responsibility in the context of technology.



Ackeren, Marcel van/Kühler, Michael (eds.) (2016): The Limits of Moral Obligation. Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can, Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory 33, New York: Routledge.

Kühler, Michael (2014): “Loving Persons. Activity and Passivity in Romantic Love,” in: Maurer, Christian/Milligan, Tony/Pacovská, Kamila (eds.): Love and Its Objects. What Can We Care For?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 41–55.

Dufner, Annette/Kühler, Michael (eds.) (2014): Private Autonomy, Public Paternalism?, Ethical Theoriy and Moral Practice 17/3, Special Issue, Dordrecht: Springer.

Kühler, Michael/Jelinek, Nadja (eds.) (2013): Autonomy and the Self, Philosophical Studies Series 118, Dordrecht: Springer.

Kühler, Michael (2013): “The Phenomenological Trouble with Moral Dilemmas: Taking ‘Applied Worries’ Seriously within Theoretical Ethics,” in: Zeller, Jörg/Riis, Ole Preben/Nykänen, Hannes (eds.): Issues in Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, 73–93.

Kühler, Michael (2013): Sollen ohne Können? Über Sinn und Geltung nicht erfüllbarer Sollensansprüche, Münster: Mentis.