The Dennes Room

Visiting Scholars

Valentin Beck  is a lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012-). He was previously a doctoral fellow at the Goethe University Frankfurt (2009-12) and the University of Bremen (2008-9) and a visiting scholar at the ANU in Canberra (2011). His research is in political and moral philosophy and economic ethics. In his monograph, Eine Theorie der globalen Verantwortung [A Theory of Global Responsibility; Suhrkamp 2016], he develops an approach to moral and political responsibilities of individuals and collectives in the global realm, especially as regards global poverty. More recently, he has written and published on issues in consumer ethics and the ethics of boycotting.

B. Scot Rousse  received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He works primarily on issues in the theory of human identity and action, exploring the overlap among the traditions of existential phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, and the philosophy of action. Rousse has been a DAAD Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, a Northwestern University Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellow, and participated in a SIAS/Wissenschaftskolleg Summer Institute on “Action Theory in Philosophy and the Social Sciences.” More information is at and Google Scholar.

Zemian Zheng  Associate professor of philosophy at the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University, received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011). Then he went to Freie Universität Berlin twice to conduct two independent postdoctoral research projects for two years at Dahlem Humanities Center and the Department of Philosophy. Thereafter he returned to work at Wuhan University.

Visiting Student Researchers