Karsten Harries

Karsten Harries

Howard H. Newman Professor of Philosophy

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PhD 1962, Yale University

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Art and Architecture, Phenomenology, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Renaissance Philosophy.

Karsten Harries has written and lectured widely on Heidegger, Early Modern Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Art and Architecture. He has published ten books and more than 200 articles and reviews (see below for a few of the more recent ones).

Selected Publications


  • Wahrheit: Die Architektur der Welt (Broschiert 2012)
  • Art Matters: A Critical Commentary on Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art" (Springer, 2009)
  • Die bayerische Rokokokirche: Das Irrationale und das Sakrale (2009) (reworked version of The Bavarian Rococo Church)
  • Between Nihilism and Faith: A Commentary on Either/Or (De Gruyter, 2010)
  • Infinity of Perspective (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2001)
  • The Ethical Function of Architecture (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1997), winner of the American Institute of Architects 8th Annual International Architecture Book Award for Criticism.
  • Martin Heidegger: Kunst, Politik, Technik (edited, with Christoph Jamme, 1992), appeared in English as Martin Heidegger: Politics, Art, and Technology (Teaneck: Holmes & Meier, 1994)
  • The Broken Frame: Three Lectures (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press, 1990)
  • The Bavarian Rococo Church: Between Faith and Aestheticism (New Haven: Yale, 1983) 
  • The Meaning of Modern Art (Evanston: Northwestern, 1968)

Articles & Reviews

  • “Herkunft als Zukunft,” in Annäherungen an Martin Heidegger: Festschrift für Hugo Ott zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. Hermann Schäfer (Frankfurt: Campus, 1996), pp. 41–64
  • “Art and the Sacred: Postscript to a Seminar,” in Christian Spritiuality and the Culture of Modern: The Thought of Louis Dupré, ed. Peter J. Casarella and George P. Schner, S. J. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998), pp. 189–203
  • “Descartes and the Labyrinth of the World,” in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 6 (3), pp. 307–330
  • “The Epochal Threshold and the Classical Ideal: Hölderlin contra Hegel,” in The Emergence of German Idealism, eds. Michael Baur and Daniel Dahlstrom (Washington, D. C.: CUA Press, 1999, pp 147–175)
  • “Nietzsche’s Labyrinths, Variations on an Ancient Theme,” in Nietzsche and 'An Architecture of Our Minds', ed. Alexandre Kostka and Irving Wohlfarth (The Getty Research Institue> Publications and Exhibitions Program: Los Angeles, 1999), pp. 35–52
  • “Cities of the Future? Questions, Nightmares, Dreams,” in Urban Futures. A Loss of Shadows in the Flowing Spaces? ed. Marrku Sotarauta (Helsinki: Finnish Society for Future Studies, 1999), pp. 162–175
  • “In Search of Home,” in Bauen und Wohnen / Building and Dwelling. Martin Heidegger’s Foundation of a Phenomenoogy of Architecture, ed. Eduard Führ Münster: Waxmann, 2000), pp. 101–120
  • “Is Stone Today ‘More Stone than it Used to Be? Matter, Meaning, and Mind in Architecture,” Matter and Mind in Architecture, The Seventh International Alvar Aalto Symposium (Jyväskulä: The Alvar Aalto Museum, The Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, The Museum of Finnish Architecture and Building Information Ltd, 2000), pp. 10–23
  • “Philosophy in Search of Itself,” in What is Philosophy?, ed. C. P. Ragland and Sarah Heidt (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001), pp. 47–73
  • "Maske und Schleier–Betrachtungen zur Oberflächlichkeit des Ornaments,” in Die Rhetorik des Ornaments, ed. Isabelle Frank and Freia Hartung München: Fink, 2001), pp. 103–120