Prof., Dr., studies of Philosophy, Theory of Literature and Sociology in Frankfurt/M. and Paris; 1985/86 PhD in Frankfurt/M.; 1987-1989 Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Pisa/Italy); 1990-1993 Research Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt/M.; 1995 Habilitation in Frankfurt/M.; 1996 Associate Professor of Philosophy (focussed on Aesthetics and Theory of Culture) at the University of Münster (Germany); from 2002-2005 President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik (DGÄ); since 2003 co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (ZÄK); 2005 Chair in Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam; September 2007-2012 & September 2017-2018 Head of the Department of Philosophy. Books and articles on aesthetics, especially on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics as well as aesthetics and politics, theory of culture and modernity, Critical Theory, and philosophy of film.