Elias König

Elias König

Affiliate Scholar

Elias König writes about social movements and climate justice and is involved in the Shell Must Fall alliance. His essays have appeared in The Ecologist, Truthout, New Bloom, analyse & kritik, der Freitag, and Klimareporter.de, among others. Most recently, he conducted research on environmental philosophy from a Chinese perspective as a Yenching Scholar at Peking University.

  • 2020-2022: M.A., Yenching Academy, Peking University.
  • 2020: B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2019-2020: Research Stay, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on "Ecology Beyond the Canon."
  • 2018-19 Study Abroad, Yale-NUS College, Singapore.
  • 2016: IB, United World College, Freiburg i. Br.
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Climate Ethics
  • Critical Theory
  • Chinese Philosophy

Publications at the RIFS

Publications prior to joining the RIFS


  • Koenig, Elias. Klimagerechtigkeit. Warum wir eine sozial-ökologische Revolution brauchen. Münster: Unrast, 2021. Academic
  • Koenig, Elias. "Towards a Theory of the Climate Strike article", in Socialism and Democracy (forthcoming)
  • Koenig, Elias. "Of Hearts and Kings: The Body Politic and Metaphor in Al-Farabi's Perfect State", Falsafa, Issue 2, Winter 2019. Link: https://falsafaorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/issue-2-02.pdf Other
  • Koenig, Elias und Louise Wagner. "Unter dem Ölteppich", Der Freitag, Februar 2022. Link: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/gastbeitrag-unter-dem-oelteppich
  • Koenig, Elias and Sylvie Ramakers. "Repairing the Ruins of Modernity: The Case of the Taitung Miramaer Resort." New Bloom Magazine, September 2021. Link: https://newbloommag.net/2021/09/06/taitung-miramar-resort/
  • Koenig, Elias und Mihir Sharma. "Indiens Bäuer:innenproteste gehen in die nächste Runde", Klimareporter, Januar 2021.
  • Koenig, Elias. "Warum Klimaungerechtigkeit kein Zufall ist", Klimareporter, Oktober 2020. Link: https://www.klimareporter.de/gesellschaft/warum-klimaungerechtigkeit-kein-zufall-ist
  • Koenig, Elias und Mihir Sharma. "250 Millionen gegen Modi", Analyse und Kritik, Januar 2020. Link: https://www.akweb.de/bewegung/250-millionen-gegen-modi/
  • The Ecologist: Diverse Artikel (2019-2022). Link: https://theecologist.org/profile/elias-koenig
  • Koenig, Elias. "Why the Mauna Kea Protests Are So Challenging to the Mainstream Climate Movement", Oktober 2019. Link: https://truthout.org/articles/why-the-mauna-kea-protests-are-so-challenging-to-the-mainstream-climate-movement/
  • "Climate Justice Beyond the Canon: Undoing Conceptual Imperialism." Privilege on a Warming Planet Conference, University of Antwerp, Center for European Philosophy, 23 and 24 September, 2021.
  • "Climate Justice as Epistemic Justice." Student Lecture Series, Institute of Philosophy, Free University of Berlin, June 11, 2020.
  • "Un-like-ly Futures: Revolutionary Narratives in the age of TINA." Together with Mihir Sharma. Presented at the Zukunft Gestalten conference, University of Flensburg, Norbert Elias Center, January 14-16, 2020.
  • "Why Global Philosophy Must Be Decolonial." Student Lecture Series, Institute of Philosophy, Free University of Berlin, November 26, 2020.
  • "Climate Crisis and Hope." Campus Conversation Series, Bard College Berlin, October 25, 2019.
  • "Islands Are Lies: Decolonizing the Greentopian Lexicon." Presented at "Greentopia. Ideas, Concepts and Institutional Proposals." University of Vienna, Institute for Philosophy, October 11-12, 2019.
  • "The Problem of Interconnectivity: Why the Climate Crisis is also a Philosophical Crisis." Presented at: 17th Conference for Young Researchers, Novosibirsk State University, Russia, September 24-25, 2019.
  • "Of Hearts and Kings: The Body Politic and Metaphor in Al-Farabi's Perfect State." Presented at: PhilCon 2019, Ashoka Philosophy Society, Sonipat, Haryana, India, 23 March 2019.