Janosch Prinz is a Leverhulme early career fellow at the University of East Anglia. His main research
interest is the nature and value of (realist) political and social theory. His fellowship aims at developing a diagnostic approach to democratic legitimacy. He currently explores the intersection of normative and empirical considerations in the conduct of political inquiry.
He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield (2015). His thesis was entitled "Radicalizing Realism in Political Theory" (which can be accessed here). Before joining UEA, he was a temporary lecturer in political theory at Queen's University Belfast (2015-2017).
Book Review: Politics and the Search for the Common Good, by Hans Sluga,
in Political Theory
pp. 724-727Full Text
Conditioned Sovereignty: The Creation and Legitimation of Spaces of Violence in Counterterrorism Operations of the “War on Terror”,
pp. 119-136UEA Repository
Political realism as ideology critique,
in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
pp. 334-348Full Text UEA Repository
Raymond Geuss’ radicalization of realism in political theory,
in Philosophy and Social Criticism
pp. 777-796Full Text UEA Repository
Spatial contestation? - The theological foundations of Carl Schmitt's spatial thought,
pp. 687-696Full Text UEA Repository
Intervention light: Die konstruktion von gewalträumen im zeitalter bedingter souveränität,
in Geographische Rundschau
pp. 26-33UEA Repository
Counterinsurgency, Anthropology, Retreat – the US Military's COIN ‘Strategy’ in Afghanistan,
pp. 24-34UEA Repository
Vom Krieg gegen den Terrorismus zur Aufstandsbekaempfung Zum Paradigmatischen der Interventionspolitik in Afghanistan,
in Handbuch Kriegstheorien.
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
ISBN 978-3-531-17933-9Full Text UEA Repository
The Stability of Instability: State, Security, and Violent Conflicts in South Asia,
in Security in a Changing Global Environment.
ISBN 978-3-8329-6003-2Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
My research is driven by the goal of developing conceptual tools for interpreting and criticizing political orders. In my dissertation (2011-2015) I approached this goal through investigating what is political about contemporary political theory. I examined the contribution of current realist trends in political theory to rethinking the relationship of theory to practical politics. I offered the first sustained critical analysis of the potential of ‘realists’ to pose a challenge to the prevalent versions of political liberalism. In response to the limitations of this potential, I sketched a radical interpretation of realism. Radical realism is a tool for interpreting political concepts and actions, based on investigating the specific conditions of politics. My development of Raymond Geuss’ work in this regard appeared in Philosophy and Social Criticism and has led to several invited contributions.
Expanding on radical realism, I recently developed a toolkit for a realist approach to criticizing political ideologies (with Enzo Rossi, in CRISPP). Since 2010 I have simultaneously been engaged in interdisciplinary collaborative analyses of the legitimations of military and development interventions in the War on Terror, which introduced me to discourse analysis and ethnographic inquiry. Research in progress centres on realist accounts of legitimacy and political criticism. My next goal is to connect radical realism to democratic theory and make good on its promise to offer practical orientation for current political challenges. To achieve this I will need to experiment methodologically and probe the divisions between normative-analytical, critical-reflexive and empirical approaches to making sense of politics.