Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow

Director (Gotha Research Centre)


Forschungszentrum Gotha (Gotha, Schloßberg 2) / room E.06

Office hours

on appointment

Visiting address

Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt (FZG)
Schloßberg 2
99867 Gotha

Mailing address

Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt
Schloßberg 2
99867 Gotha

Holder of the professorship Wissenskulturen der Europäischen Neuzeit (Faculty of Philosophy)

Associated Fellow (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / room 311 (2. OG)

+49 361 737-2809

Office hours

on appointment

Visiting address

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Am Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt

Mailing address

University of Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Member of the Research Center for Early Modern Natural Law (Forschungsstelle für Frühneuzeitliches Naturrecht) (Gotha Research Centre)

Office hours

on appointment

Spokesperson of the Illuminati Research Unit (Arbeitsstelle Illuminatenforschung) (Gotha Research Centre)

Office hours

nach Vereinbarung

Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow

Curriculum Vitae

Studied Philosophy, German Studies and History in Tübingen, Berlin and Munich.

1987 Master's degree in Philosophy, Univ. Munich.

1991 Doctorate in Philosophy with Dieter Henrich, Univ. Munich

2000 Habilitation in Philosophy, Univ. Munich


Head of a subproject on scholarly libertinage in the 17th century at the Collaborative Research Center 573 at the University of Munich

2004 Substitution of the professorship for Renaissance philosophy, University of Munich


Head of a subproject in SFB 536 "Reflexive Modernization" (with U. Beck and W. Schulze)

2005 Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, USA

Since July 2008 Professor (W3) for Cultures of Knowledge in Modern Europe, University of Erfurt and Director of the Gotha Research Centre at the University of Erfurt

Research Stays/Visiting Professorships

2002/3 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2005 (Spring) Directeur d'études, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

2007/8 Member, Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton

2012/3 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

2016 Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin

2017 (Spring) Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW)

Research Foci

Renaissance Philosophy

Radical Enlightenment

Ancient religion and early modern scholarship

History of Oriental Studies

History of Numismatics

Material culture and antiquarianism


History of Alchemy

German early enlightenment


Global history of ideas and knowledge

Modernization theory

Methodology of the History of Ideas

Research Projects

Research Projects at the Max-Weber-Kolleg Historical Religious Studies in the Early Modern Period Member of the Research Center for Early Modern Natural Law (joint institution of the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the Gotha Research Centre)

Research Projects/Networks at the Gotha Research Centre

Jacopo Strada's Magnum ac Novum Opus: A Numismatic Corpus of the 16th Century [NUMiD] Shaping History / Preserving Values Money-Power-Rule. Sovereign Finances and Accounting in the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg 1672-1804 in Comparative Perspective Member of the Illuminati Research Unit Network Alchemy Network Early Modern Oriental Studies Socinianism Research in Germany

Prizes and Awards

1999 Premio internazionale di storia della filosofia Luigi de Franco (for the best book in the field of Renaissance philosophy)

2004 Karl Jaspers prize, (University of Oldenburg, for the best young philosopher)

2005 Selma V. Forkosch prize (for the best article in the Journal of the History of Ideas of 2004)

2007 Selma V. Forkosch prize (for the best article in the Journal of the History of Ideas of 2006)

2011 Science Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2012 Appointed member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2013 Award for "Modernity from the Underground" in the programme "Humanities International" (translation funding)

2014 Awarded the Thuringian Research Prize 2013 in the category "Basic Research" for his long-term research work on the topic "Underground of the Enlightenment"

2014 Anna Krüger Prize of the Wissenschaftskolleg (for "an outstanding work in a good and understandable scientific language")

2016 Appointed member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2019 Opus Magnum Scholarship of the Volkswagen Foundation


Vice President of the German Society for the Study of the 18th Century (2010-2014)

Member of the Steering Committee of the Wolfenbüttel Working Group for Baroque Research (2008-2016)

Speaker of the Gotha Collection and Research Network (since 2019)

Editorial Boards

Book Series

  • Advisory Board, Verlag der Weltreligionen (since 2007)
  • Editor, Early Modern Period, De Gruyter Verlag Berlin (since 2006)
  • Editor, Friedenstein-Forschungen, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart (since 2009)
  • Editor, Quellen und Darstellungen zur Geschichte des Antitrinitarismus und Sozinianismus in der Frühen Neuzeit, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag (since 2012)
  • Advisory Board, Studi e testi per la storia della tolleranza in Europa nei secoli XVI-XVIII, Leo S. Olschki editore, Firenze (since 2005)
  • Editorial Board, International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees, Dordrecht: Springer (since 2006)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Transformations of Antiquity, De Gruyter Verlag (since 2007)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Epicurea. Texts, Commentaries and Studies on Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition up to Modern Times, Schwabe-Verlag (since 2007)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Werkprofile. Philosophers and Literati of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Akademie Verlag (since 2011)
  • Academic Advisory Board: Schriftmedien - Kommunikations- und buchwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, De Gruyter (since 2014).
  • Co-editor: Geist und Geisteswissenschaft, Alber-Verlag (since 2017)
  • Scholarly Advisory Board: Early Modern Natural Law, Brill (since 2018)


  • Member of the Editorial Board, Bruniana & Campanelliana (1995 to 2000)
  • Editorial Board, Intellectual History Review (since 2006)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal for the History of Ideas (since 2005)
  • Editorial Board, Alvearium, online journal (since 2008)
  • Section Head, Archive for the History of the Reformation, Literature Review (2005-2009)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (since 2010)
  • Co-Editor, Enlightenment. Interdisciplinary Yearbook for the Study of the 18th Century and its History of Impact (since 2010)
  • Editorial Board, HISTORIA PHILOSOPHICA. An International Journal (since 2013)
  • Editorial Board, Aegyptiaca - Journal of the History of Reception of Ancient Egypt (since 2017)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the History of Knowledge (since 2019)


Complete List of Publications

Complete list of publications

Recent Media Coverage

Radio contribution on Deutschlandfunk"Global History of Ideas" as part of the program "Sein und Streit" on January 29, 2023 with Prof. Martin Mulsow.

Radio contribution on Deutschlandfunk"Munterer Handel auf den globalen Ideenmärkten" on January 12, 2023 about Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow's book "Überreichweiten" (Overreach)

Article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of December 28, 2022, No. 302, p. N 3, by Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow,"That's what he had done. But it seemed wrong to him. The diplomat Johann Christian von Boineburg drafted a book on the usefulness of errors."

Review in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, November 26, 2022, no. 276, p. L7, review of the book "Überreichweiten. Perspectives of a Global History of Ideas" by Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow,"Was hat es auf sich mit den türkischen Kampfdrogen?", by Jürgen Osterhammel.

Article in the FAZ of March 24, 2021 by Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow: "Embryology and the Death Penalty: Execute Innocent Unborn".

Article in the Thüringer Allgemeine of July 19, 2019 on Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow's find of a previously unknown coin history: "Sensational find for Saxon history".

Article in the WELT of January 15, 2019 on the volume on pornography in the Enlightenment published by Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow and Dr. Dirk Sangmeister: "Pornography, a German Invention".

Süddeutsche Zeitung article of January 13, 2019 about Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow's research on the early Enlightenment: "Cockfighting"

Martin Mulsow in historical costume