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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Werning


Chair of Philosophy of Language & Cognition
Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University Bochum
Room GA 04/43
44780 Bochum

Email: markus.werning@rub.de
Phone: +49-(0)234-32-24734
Fax: +49-(0)234-32-14463

Administration: n.n.
Phone: +49(0)234-32-26739
Room GA 04/42

Student office hours:
Tuesdays, 15:15-16:00 (lecture period)
Winter break: 14 Feb. 2017 15:15-16:00 & 2 March 2017 13:30-14:30


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Most Recent Publications

  • Werning, M., & Cheng, S. (in press). Taxonomy and Unity of Memory. In: Bernecker, S., & Michaelian, K. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory. London: Routledge. [pdf]
  • Reuter, K., Werning, M., Kuchinke, L, & Cosentino, E. (2016). Reading Words Hurts: The impact of pain sensitivity on people’s ratings of pain-related words. Language and Cognition, 1-15. DOI:10.1017/langcog.2016.29
  • Ben-Yami, H., Carston, R. & Werning, M. (Eds. 2016). Special Issue: Trends in Philosophy of Language and Mind. Synthese. DOI:10.1007/s11229
  • Spychalska, M., Kontinen, J., & Werning, M. (2016). Investigating Scalar Implicatures in a Truth-value Judgment Task: Evidence from Event-related Brain Potentials. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31(6), 817–840. DOI 10.1080/23273798.2016.1161806
  • Cheng, S., Werning, M., & Suddendorf, T. (2016). Dissociating Memory Traces and Scenario Construction in Mental Time Travel. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 60, 82-89. DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.11.011
  • Cheng, S., & Werning, M. (2016). What is Episodic Memory if it is a Natural Kind? Synthese 193, 1345–1385. DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0628-6
  • Werning, M., & Haase, V. (2015). Kompositionalität. In N. Kompa (Ed.), Handbuch Sprachphilosophie (pp. 326-333). Stuttgart: Verlag J. B. Metzler.


My agenda as a philosopher is deeply rooted in a naturalistic understanding of philosophy. The overarching goal of my research is to approach questions in the philosophy of language and mind and related areas (epistemology, descriptive metaphysics, etc.) (i) with exact theoretical methods – e.g. logic, formal semantics, and probability theory –, (ii) with advanced empirical methods such as EEG and fMRI and (iii) by computational modelling. I thus view those areas of philosophy in continuity with the cognitive sciences where, in philosophy, emphasis is put on theoretical rigor as well as meta- and cross-disciplinary aspects. My naturalistic attitude towards philosophy arises from a general skepticism with regard to apriori reasoning such as conceptual analysis, intuition and introspection as a privileged source of knowledge.

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