Rainer Mühlhoff, Dr. phil.  |  Philosopher, Mathematician, Programmer.

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Excellence Cluster „Science of Intelligence“ at Technical University Berlin. I am affiliated with the Research Unit Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Technological Sciences and with the Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Literature. I am also an associated researcher at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1171 Affective Societies at Freien Universität Berlin.

My work focuses on social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of technology and ethics. Current topics are politics and ethics of artificial intelligence and Big Data. In my project Critical Social Theory of the Digital Society I investigate the interplay of technology, power and subjectivation. Under the working title collective data protection I develop a data protection concept beyond individual interests. I also work at the interface between theories of power, subjectivation, and affectivity, including an affect theory of new authoritarianism.

I am co-founder of the Berlin Ethics Lab of Responsible AI and Responsible Human-Computer Interaction. In many of my projects I draw on my interdisciplinary education and seek the dialogue between the humanities and mathematics, computer science and natural sciences.


I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin in 2016 (supervisors: Prof. Jan Slaby und Prof. Martin Saar). My dissertation was funded by the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” and is available in print under the title Immersive Macht. Affekttheorie nach Spinoza und Foucault (Campus, 2018).

Before that I studied mathematics (MA/Diplom) with the minor subjects theoretical physics and computer science. I wrote my diploma thesis on “Higher Spin Fields on Curved Spacetimes” at the University of Leipzig in 2008. As part of a second degree I studied philosophy, gender studies and German literature in Berlin.

From earlier phases of my life I have professional experience as a programmer and management consultant. As a secondary interest of my scientific work I have specialized in typography and book typesetting with TeX and LaTeX for more than 20 years.


Rainer Mühlhoff
Technical University of Berlin
Cluster Science of Intelligence
Marchstraße 23, Zimmer 5.063
D-10587 Berlin

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