Johannes Schmoldt

Dissertation project: "Judgment as a Political Science Category. The Contribution of Political Science and Political Education to the Formation of Political Judgment."

The crisis of democracy is a crisis of political judgment. Citizens distrust the decisions of political leaders, sovereign electoral decisions are denied their "correctness", voters and elected officials see themselves unbalanced in media coverage. The "post-factual age" is often invoked in public debates. This diagnosis of the times confronts political science with its relationship to political education and thus its normative core: education for judgment. The dissertation project draws on conceptual considerations of early German political science after 1945 and aims to make the notion of judgment fruitful as a central concept for political science. Within the framework of the dissertation project, the specific contribution of political science to the promotion of political education with the goal of "education for the power of judgment" will be shown against a historical and practical backdrop. Scientific career

since 10/2018: doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences of the University of Erfurt with Prof. Dr. Andreas Anter (Chair of Political Education)

10/2018 - 09/2022: Scholarship holder in the doctoral program of the Hanns Seidel Foundation/Munich.

10/2016 - 09/201: Master studies in Philosophy and Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund (Master of Arts).

03/2017 - 03/2018: Research assistant at the Chair of Political Science of the Institute of Philosophy and Political Science at the TU Dortmund University (Prof. Dr. Christoph Schuck)

10/2016 - 12/2016: Research assistant at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Research in Cultural Studies e.V./Freiburg (biography project on Arnold Bergstraesser.

(Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation) by Prof. Dr. Günther Behrmann (Potsdam) and Prof. Dr. Dieter Oberndörfer (Rostock)

10/2013 - 09/2016: Bachelor studies:

Economics, Law and Social Sciences and Management at the University of Erfurt (Bachelor of Arts).


Digitally (un)sovereign? How much news and information literacy does political education need? Digital Fall Conference of the German Association for Civic Education (DVPB) on "Civic Education and the Challenge of "Digital Sovereignty" in the 21st Century," November 17, 2022 (digital).

"Prefacticity. On the Philosophy of Science of Uncertain Political Action in Democracy. Graduate Workshop of the German Political Science Association (DGfP) on "Scientific Cognition and Democratic Statehood" at the 39th Annual Meeting of the DGfP with the theme "The Sustainability of Democratic Governance," July 08, 2022 (presence).

"Challenge and Response: On the Transfer of the History of Political Ideas and Political Education." Conference of the Political Science and Political Education Section of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) on "Beyond Boundaries: Political Education from an Interdisciplinary and International Perspective," February 05, 2022 (digital).

Controversy, yes please! Reflections on the history of ideas on the rhetorical promotion of political judgment. Fall conference of the German Association for Political Education (DVPB), November 25-26, 2021, at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, on "Angegriffene Demokratie(n) und politische Bildung," November 26, 2021 (presence).

Political Judgment as Conflict Capability. On the political didactic potential of the extended way of thinking. 28th Congress of the German Association for Political Science on "We have the choice! Politics in Times of Uncertainty and Autocratization", Panel: Demokratische Konfliktfähigkeit. Tasks of Political Education in Uncertain Times," September 15, 2021 (digital).

Pragmatism and Political Science. On the Actuality of the Democratic Education Mission from the Perspective of Ideas and Disciplinary History. First meeting of the German Pragmatism Network on "Living Democracy? The Future of Democracy.", May 28, 2021 (digital).

The Knowledge of Judgment. Political action and decision-making in the tension between experience and evidence. Spring Conference of the Political Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association (DGS). July 17, 2020 (digital).

Speech skills as a learning goal? On the rhetorical dimension of political judgment in the context of democracy education in political science teaching. Fifth Annual Conference of the Working Group on University Teaching in the German Political Science Association (DVPW), February 18, 2020 (presence).

"Hard boards, thick walls": the little drilling ABC of democracy. 5th Erfurt Science Slam. November 20, 2019,

Rhetoric as the language of politics or: "The struggle for hotness" as a problem of political science. DGfP Graduate Conference at the 37th Annual Meeting of the German Political Science Association (DGfP), Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing, July 12, 2019 (presence).

Normative, diverse, forgotten? - Ideas of the Freiburg School. Lecture at the research colloquium of the professorship Political Theory and History of Ideas, TU Chemnitz, June 27, 2017 (presence).


The Knowledge of Judgment. Politisches Handeln und Entscheiden im Spannungsfeld von Erfahrung und Evidenz, in: Büttner, Sebastian/Laux, Thomas: Umstrittene Expertise. Zur Wissensproblematik der Politik. Leviathan Sonderband 38. Baden-Baden: Nomos 2021, pp. 135-158, DOI:

Democracy as a task of persuasion. Impulses for political didactics from the relationship between hermeneutics and rhetoric, in: Deichmann, Carl/Partetzke, Marc: Demokratie im Stresstest. Reactions of political didactics and political education. Wiesbaden: Springer 2021, pp. 1-16, DOI: https: //

(with Nora Becker) "Figure it out!": Multiple Identities, in: Hans, Anna / Herbst, Jan-Hendrik / Többen, Anna: My Religious Education in a Plural Society. On the Relationship between Church and State (Grades 10-13). With the employees Nora Becker and Johannes Schmoldt (EinFach Religion). Braunschweig: Westermann. 2021, S. 56-64.


Winter semester 2021/2022. of myth and logos. Plato's myths and parables. University of Erfurt (together with Prof. Dr. Heinrich Niehues-Pröbsting), hybrid.

Winter semester 2021/2022; summer semester 2021. Philosophical Foundations of Political Education. University of Erfurt, hybrid.

Summer semester 2021. philosophical foundations of political education. University of Erfurt, digital.

Summer term 2020. philosophy and practice of rhetoric. University of Erfurt (together with Prof. Dr. Heinrich Niehues-Pröbsting), digital.

Winter semester 2019/2020. judging politics, but how? Theory and practice of judgment formation. University of Erfurt, presence.

Winter semester 2017/2018. tutorial for the lecture "Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft" (Prof. Dr. Christoph Schuck/Dr. Kathrin Rucktäschel), TU Dortmund University, 2 sessions per week), presence.