My name is Ross Wolfe. I’m currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago. The main focus of my work is in Russian history, but I’m also interested in Central European history, Jewish studies, philosophy, and Marxism. I write primarily about the history of avant-garde architecture, contemporary political issues (activism, current events), and topics such as the environment, technology, utopianism, and the history of the Left.
The philosophers I’m most familiar with are Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, the minor German Idealists (Fichte, Schelling, Schopenhauer), Hegel, and Nietzsche. I’ve read quite a bit of Heidegger as well, but have come to the conclusion that while he’s no doubt brilliant as a thinker, his fundamental ontology is fascist through and through. In addition to these figures from philosophy, I’m also deeply influenced by Marxist social theory. The authors I’ve principally worked with from this tradition are Marx, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotskii, Lukács, Benjamin, Adorno (and the rest of the Frankfurt School), and Žižek.