Vincent Hessling studied Philosophy, Classics, and German Philology in Heidelberg and Berlin. In 2010 he graduated at the Freie Universtität Berlin with a Magister thesis on "Understanding in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations" exploring the hermeneutic and narrative dimensions of Wittgenstein’s later thought. While working on the thesis, Vincent developed a keen interest in the different structures of knowledge organization as well as in the paradigm of history in the humanities.
His current theoretical preoccupations include the idea of progress, history of technology and science, narratology, and systems theory. In engaging with works by Paul Scheerbart, Joseph Roth, Robert Walser, Jean Paul, Johann Rist, and others, Vincent is currently working on a dissertation project on narratives of technical progress in literature.