Academic Research

Dr. Carlos Idrobo

Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Art History of the University of Turku, Finland

Research Foci

Romanticism and German Romantic Painting (Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, Carl Philipp Fohr, Moritz von Schwind among others)

Philosophical Hermeneutics (Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricœur)

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Phrónesis)

Narrative construction of Identity (personal, cultural)

Completed Projects

Das, was von uns weggeht - Abwesenheit, Zeit und das Wandermotiv in der deutschen Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts (PhD Dissertation - German only)

English Title: He who walks away from us - Absence, Time, and the motif of the Wanderer in the 19th-Century German art


This project in Art History, with an underlying philosophical approach, deals with the motif of the wanderer in specific works of five different artists of the German speaking 19th-Century: Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, Carl Spitzweg, Moritz von Schwind and Arnold Böcklin. By choosing only wanderers portrayed as rear-view figures {Rückenfiguren} I argue that this particular depiction reveals a paradigm of appearing in disappearing, which entails different experiences of absence and temporality.

Introducción a la interpretación heideggeriana de la phrónesis aristotélica (2008, Master Thesis - Spanish only)

English Title: Introduction to the Heideggerian interpretation of the Aristotelian Phronesis

Problemas en la construcción narrativa de la identidad (2004, Thesis in Psychology studies - Spanish only)

English Title: Problems in the narrative construction of identity

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