Martin Brecher is an academic staff member at the Chair of Philosophy II at the University of Mannheim. He studied philosophy with the minor subjects psychology and modern German literature at the University of Bonn (M.A., 2010) and philosophy at the University of St Andrews (M.Litt., 2008). From October 2010 to June 2020 he was a doctoral student at the University of Bonn. After research stays in Göttingen (summer 2013) and at Brown University (winter 2013/14), Martin Brecher in April 2014 joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mannheim as a full-time academic staff member.
His research focusses on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Gottfried Achenwall, and Thomas Reid as well as on early-modern moral, legal, and political philosophy, in particular on Enlightenment natural law. In his doctoral dissertation, Martin Brecher has prepared a comprehensive study on Immanuel Kant's marriage law (supervision: Prof. Dr. Christoph Horn, Bonn). He is also interested in the philosophy of antiquity and in current practical philosophy.
His teaching covers diverse topics in the history of philosophy (Kant, Hobbes, Ancient Philosophy, Pufendorf, Reid, Descartes, Hume, Thomas Aquinas), in practical philosophy (theories of justice, theories of punishment, discourse ethics, population ethics, sexuality, gender theories), and in Enlightenment philosophy of religion.
During his studies, Martin Brecher was supported by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) and during his doctorate by the Cusanuswerk. For his master's thesis on the moral philosophy of Thomas Reid he received the ‘Kant Award’ of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bonn in 2010.