PhD Aaron French

Postdoctoral Researcher (Seminar für Religionswissenschaft)


Lehrgebäude 4 / Raum E12

Mitglied, Fachrichtung "Allgemeine Religionswissenschaft" (Erfurter RaumZeit-Forschung)

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

Visiting address

Universität Erfurt (Max-Weber-Kolleg)
Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

PhD Aaron French

Publications (PDF)

Areas of Research

  • History of Esotericism
  • New Religious Movements 
  • History of Science
  • Sacred Space and Architecture
  • Late 19th/Early 20th Century German Philosophy
  • Science and Technology Studies


Current Research

I specialize in the history of science, modernity, Western esotericism, German Romanticism, and science and technology studies. My dissertation focused on “Disenchanting and Re-Enchanting German Modernity” with emphasis on the German intellectuals Max Weber and Rudolf Steiner. My current research focuses on how two architects in Central Europe during the first half of the 20th century—Bruno Taut (1880–1938) and Le Corbusier (1887–1965)—sought to redefine and reimagine “sacredness” and “sacred spaces” for the modern world. This project analyzes how Taut and Le Corbusier envisioned potentially new and utopic futures designed to re-sacralize the present through a holistic approach and harmonious balancing of energetic polarities.