Alexander Grau, born in Bonn in 1968, studied phi­lo­so­phy and lin­gu­is­tics at the Free Uni­ver­sity of Ber­lin af­ter his mi­li­tary ser­vice and re­cei­ved his doc­to­rate in phi­lo­so­phy there in 1998.

Since 2003 he has wor­ked as a free­lance pub­li­cist, book au­thor and cul­ture and sci­ence jour­na­list. He pub­li­shes main­ly on to­pics re­la­ted to the his­to­ry of cul­ture and ideo­lo­gy in mo­der­ni­ty.

Since 2013, Alexander Grau has been a co­lum­nist for Ci­ce­ro-on­line. In his co­lumn Grau­zo­ne, he deals with ques­tions of the po­li­ti­cal and so­cial zeit­geist eve­ry Sa­tur­day.

In 2017 he pub­lished Hy­per­mo­ral. Über die neue Lust an der Em­pö­rung. (Now in its 6th edi­tion.)

2018 Cul­tu­ral Pes­si­mism. A Plea.

2019 Po­li­ti­cal Kitsch. A Ger­man spe­cia­li­ty.

2022 Alienated. Be­tween Loss of Rea­li­ty and Iden­ti­ty Trap.

May 2023 Vom Wald. A Phi­lo­so­phy of Free­dom.

Alexander Grau is pre­do­mi­nant­ly con­cer­ned with the his­tori­cal, so­ci­al and psy­cho­lo­gi­cal foun­da­tions of ideo­lo­gi­cal sys­tems, their de­ve­lop­ments and their in­ter­ac­tions with lan­gu­age, tech­no­logy and every­day cul­ture. He is par­ti­cu­lar­ly con­cer­ned with the de­fen­ce of free­dom and in­di­vi­dua­li­ty against en­croa­ching and pre­sump­tuous ideo­lo­gies. Or in the words of Mon­tai­gne: "It is not enough to have se­pa­ra­ted one­self from the great herd; it is not enough to change pla­ces, one must free one­self from the herd in­stincts that are in our­sel­ves: one must break away and re­turn to one­self".

Alexander Grau lives and works in Munich.

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