Max Kade Professorship

The Max Kade Professorship


Max Kade (1882-1967) was born in Steinbach/Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and emigrated to New York in 1907, where he founded the successful pharmaceutical company, Seeck and Kade, Inc. Mr. Kade obtained the rights for the manufacture and distribution of the cough medicine “Pertussin” and became very successful as an entrepreneur and distributor of pharmaceuticals.

In 1944, Mr. Kade and his wife, Annette, established the Max Kade Foundation, initially to help Germany recover from the effects of World War II as well as to improve international understanding and promote cultural exchange between the United States and German-speaking countries in Central Europe. His objective was “to sow the seeds of friendship where there had been enmity.” In 1956, Mr. Kade left his business and turned his full attention to philanthropy, for which he received many honors. He considered the exchange of knowledge among scholars and scientists to be of great importance.

Max Kade Visiting Professors

Since 1999, the University of Notre Dame has both benefited from, and sought to advance, the ideals articulated by Max Kade on behalf of a scholarly and cultural exchange between the German-speaking countries and the United States.

With the generosity of the Max Kade Foundation, we have had (or will have) on our campus the following scholars, each of whom taught (or will teach) an advanced seminar:


Academic Year 2020:

Annika Hand, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau

Spring 2020: Love and Authenticity

Annika Hand is coordinator of the graduate school Herausforderung Leben at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau and has been a research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy for almost ten years. She completed her studies of Philosophy and German Literature and Language at the University of Trier with a thesis on the concept of history with Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Der Geschichtsbegriff bei Maurice Merleau-Ponty als Phänomenologie der Geschichte. In 2015 she received her doctorate on an ethics of love and authenticity in the light of the moral philosophical and anthropological theories of Max Scheler and Charles Taylor: Ethik der Liebe und Authentizität, Ergon Verlag, Würzburg 2017.

From 2013 to 2015 she was Secretary General of the German Society for Phenomenological Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phänomenologische Forschung). As an editor for many years, she was responsible for the Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte until 2019 and is co-editor of the Schlüsselbegriffe des 19. Jahrhunderts. She is also co-editor of a critical edition of Max Scheler's major works. Together with Tim-Florian Goslar (Philosophical Seminar of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal) she publishes the series Studien zur Anthropologie und Kulturphilosophie.

Through her active teaching activities and the organization of numerous conferences, she also tries to facilitate the exchange of ideas between interested parties and to promote the opening of philosophy to other sciences and society.

Her own scientific interests are reflected in various lectures and publications: The conviction that philosophy is always both theory and practice is reflected in her engagement with ethics and anthropology on the one hand and epistemology and metaphysics on the other. Understanding and explaining art as a means of expressing metaphysical knowledge has become the focus of her research.


Past Max Kade Visiting Professors

Annika Hand, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau
Spring 2020:  Love and Authenticity

Gertrud Roesch, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Spring 2019:  Fact and Fiction in German Literature of the 20th/21st Century

Julia Faisst, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
Spring 2018: The Holocaust in German and American Cultural Memory

Frank Wolff, Universität Osnabrück
Fall 2017: "A Nation Divided Against Itself? Block Confrontation and Social Life in Divided Germany,1945-1989

Tim Lörke, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring 2016: "Refugees and German Identity

Daniel Fulda , Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Fall 2014: "Resonances. Literature as a Medium of World Experience"

Sabine Doering, Universität Oldenburg
Spring 2013: “Hölderlin: Werke und Briefe”

Susanne Kaul, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2012: “Poetische Gerechtigkeit bei Kleist und Kafka”

Michael Jeager, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring 2011: “Faust and Religion”

Dirk Oschmann, Universität Jena
Spring 2010: “Images of America in German Literature; from Goethe to W.G. Sebald”

Carsten Dutt, Universität Heidelberg
Spring 2009: “Hermeneutics and Literary Theory”

Hartmut Zelinsky, Independent Scholar – Munich, Germany
Fall 2006: “Siegfried: How Richard Wagner’s Opera Became A Code Word of Anti-Semitism”                              

Helga Finter, Universität Giessen
Spring 2006: “Voice in Text and Theater”

Joachim Dyck, Universität Oldenburg
Fall 2004: “19th - Century German Literature”

Wolfgang Braungart, Universität Bielefeld
Spring 2003: “Literature and Religion”

Monika Schmitz-Emans, Universität Bochum
Spring 2002: “Kaspar Hauser”

Friedhelm Marx, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Fall 2000: “The Young Goethe”

Hermann Pottmeyer, Universität Bochum
Fall 1999: “Ecclesiology”

Walter Haug, Universität Tübingen
Spring 1999: “The Faust Theme Before Goethe”