Max Phillips

Max Phillips joined the German department in 2021. His work currently focuses on the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the sciences around 1800, looking at writers and thinkers such as Herder, Goethe, Hegel, and Clausius. Max holds an M.A. from the LMU Munich, where he wrote his masters thesis on Echo and echoes in Hölderlin’s later Pindar reception. Beyond the Goethezeit, Max’s interests include medieval lyric, the fraught relations between literature and science, Austrian literature, and Armagnac. Also a classical musician, Max has studied music and German at Harvard (B.A. 2015), composition at the Kunstuni Graz, and double bass at the Juilliard School.