Zachary J Riebeling
- intellectual history
- modern europe
- history and theory
- hermeneutics and literary theory
I am writing my dissertation on the problem of meaning in history that confronted German intellectuals after the Second World War, with a specific focus on the thought of Karl Löwith, Reinhart Koselleck, and Eric Voegelin. Via a consideration of the ways in which the work of these thinkers was inflected by trauma, I explore how experiences of exile, captivity, and world war were analyzed and understood through the medium of philosophical-historical criticism. Throughout, I trace how history's status as a source of meaning was thrown into question, as history itself became a possible source of trauma in the wake of twentieth-century catastrophe.
- BA, History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2009
- MA, History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2012