Carmen Lea Dege is PhD Candidate in Political Theory at Yale University and works on questions of religion and politics, secularism and plurality. She is particularly interested in Max Weber’s diagnosis of disenchantment and how it relates to the history of populism and identity politics since the inter-war period. Her dissertation, “The Politics of Non-Indifference: Max Weber’s challenge and Karl Jaspers’s response,” analyzes the potential contribution of Karl Jaspers’s philosophy to our contemporary understanding of liberal democracy. In addition to the political question how secular societies can respond to the concomitant rise of radicalization and disinterestedness, her work investigates the role of religion and metaphysics in contemporary political thought, with a particular focus on critical theory. Before coming to Yale University, she received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago (MAPSS) and a Diploma degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin. She has studied and worked in the Middle East, specifically in Israel/Palestine.
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