Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
- Temporary lecturership (100% E13) in Philosophy of Language and Cognition/Neurophilosophy available from 1 April 2017.
- Fully funded PhD position (65% E13) available in the project "Situated linguistic meaning" of the Research Training Group "Situated Cognition" from 1 June 2017.
- Workshop "Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective", Bochum, 19-20 June 2017. Organization: Maria Spychalska and Markus Werning. Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017.
- Workshop "Negation and Negativity in Natural Language", Bochum, 27-29 April 2017. Organization: Viviana Haase and Markus Werning. Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2017.
- Workshop "Situations, Information, and Semantic Content", LMU München, December 16-18, 2016.
- Fest colloquium in honor of Gerhard Schurz,, Schloss Mickeln Düsseldorf, December 1 - 3, 2016. Organization: Markus Werning, Peter Brössel and Alexander Gebharter.
- Bochum-Rutgers Workshop "Recent Developments in Philosophy of Mind & Language", New York, NY, & New Brunswick, NJ, October 14-15, 2016.
- GEDANKEN=SPRÜNGE - Mentale Zeitreisen: Michael Rüsenberg im Gespräch mit Markus Werning, Bonn, 20. Oktober 2016, 20:00 Uhr.
- MRG Closing Symposium "What is episodic memory? Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience", Bochum, November 29-30, 2016. Organization: Sen Cheng, Magdalena Sauvage, & Markus Werning.
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.