Maurits de Jongh

Postdoctoral Fellow und Assistant Professor für politische Philosophie, Universität Utrecht

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
September 2019–August 2020

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»The Primacy of Public Goods«

What is the meaning and significance of public goods for politics and social life? How can they foster rather than disable individual and collective agency? At Justitia Amplificata, I work on a book manuscript »The Primacy of Public Goods.« The underlying motive for writing this book is that an orientation on objects, and on public goods in particular, does not block our sight of (in)justice in social relationships, but instead helps us to illuminate and criticize it in unforeseen ways. The book argues that public goods do not only constitute the currency of real politics, but compose the crucial texture social life in general.

More specifically, it articulates the primacy of public goods in two senses. First, an infrastructure of public goods and social services, which is backed up by governmental coordination and compulsion, is constitutive of just and orderly social life, including private and common modes of providing and enjoying goods. The first sense of the primacy of public goods thus captures a very simple idea, namely, that both market mediation for private goods and the radical democratic governance of the commons is not as self-sustaining as their advocates claim them to be. Second, an abundant diversity of public goods has primacy over, and should not be reduced to, monist and potentially exclusionary conceptions of the common good. My book argues that if the authoritative provision and enjoyment of public goods are to enable rather than to impede individual and collective agency in pluralistic societies, it is crucial to appreciate their phenomenological diversity and political contestability. (Maurits de Jongh)

Förderung des Aufenthaltes:
DFG-Kollegforschergruppe »Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Wissenschaftliches Profil von Maurits de Jongh

Maurits de Jongh ist Assistant Professor für politische Philosophie an der Universität Utrecht in den Niederlanden. Er promovierte 2019 am Sciences Po (Institut d'études politiques de Paris) und war zuvor Fox Fellow an der Yale University und Dozent an der Leiden University.

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Politische Philosophie und die Geschichte der wirtschaftlichen Ideen; Theorien der politischen Ökonomie und Gerechtigkeit; öffentliche Güter; das Gemeinwesen; die Privatisierung; der Wohlfahrtsstaat.

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Public goods in Michael Oakeshott’s ›world of pragmata‹«, in: European Journal of Political Theory, 2019. [].
  2. »Is political liberalism self-defeating? [Le libéralisme politique se réfute-il lui-même?]«, in: Revue Française de Science Politique, Bd. 68:3 (2018), S. 515-538.
  3. »Specters of Arendt«, in: Raisons politiques (Sonderheft herausgegeben von Marianne Fougère), Bd. 70 (2018), S. 5-131.
  4. (mit Tom Theuns) »Democratic legitimacy, desirability and deficit in EU governance«, in: Journal of Contemporary European Research, Bd. 13:3 (2017), S. 1283-1300.