de / en

Dr. David Lanius

Former Research Fellow

David Lanius is fellow at Weizenbaum Institute and Postdoc at DebateLab of Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). He studied philosophy and logic in Munich, Madrid and Amsterdam and did his PhD in Berlin and Los Angeles on Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law (forthcoming with OUP).

His current research focus is on reconstructing and analyzing populist arguments in current political debates, defining the concept and assessing the phenomenon of fake news, and developing a normative theory of public debate (in particular, on how norms or standards of debate can be justified). The focal question of his research is: How can the quality of public debate be improved?

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow:

Research Group "News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse"

April - June 2019

Fields of research

  • Sprachphilosophie, Rechtsphilosophie, Logik, Argumentationstheorie, Rechtspopulismus, Fake News, Deliberative Demokratie
  • Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law, Logic, Argumentation Theory, Right-wing Populism, Fake News, Deliberative Democracy




Romy Jaster/David Lanius: "Die Wahrheit schafft sich ab - Wie Fake News Politik machen", Reclam [Was bedeutet das alles?], 2019.

Romy Jaster/David Lanius: "What is Fake News?", Versus 127(2) - Special Issue "Fake News, misinformation/disinformation, post-truth", 2018: 207-224.

David Lanius: "Wie argumentieren Rechtspopulisten? Eine Argumentationsanalyse des AfD-Wahlprogramms", Diskussionspapiere / Institut für Technikzukünfte [], 2017.

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)