Principal Investigator


Dr. Roick is Freigeist Fellow for the History of Ethics at the University of Göttingen’s Faculty of Theology and the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen’s Centre for Advanced Studies. In close collaboration with the Herzog August Bibliothek, he works on his project ‘The Ways of Virtue. The Ethica Section in Wolfenbüttel and the History of Ethics in Early Modern Europe’. 


This German edition of de Sade’s ‘Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue’ (Rastatt: Moewig, 1982) shows that an interest in the early modern history of ethics may sometimes come from unexpected quarters.

Dr Roick studied philosophy, German literature and comparative literature at the University of Munich from 1996 to 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he taught German language at the University of Catania, working as linguistic expert (esperto linguistico). He did his postgraduate studies at the European University Institute, Florence, where he was awarded his PhD in history in 2009. (Thesis: Mercury in Naples. The Moral and Political Thought of Giovanni Pontano).

In 2009-2011, Dr. Roick worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Göttingen’s research group on ‘Expert Cultures, 1100-1600’. In 2012-2014, he was a research fellow in Church History at the University of Göttingen.

Dr. Roick was a fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, in 2012, and Grete Sondheimer fellow at the Warburg Institute, London, in 2013.