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.