Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Causality

Areas of Competence

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Logic

Vita

Academic Education

  • Since 11/2013
    PhD Student, Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 12/2012
    Master of Arts (Philosophy, graduation with distinction, supervisors: Prof. U. Pardey, Prof. H. Pulte, Department of Philosophy, Ruhr University Bochum).
  • 09/2009
    Bachelor of Arts (two-subject: Philosophy / Business Administration, graduation with 1.1, supervisors: Prof. U. Pardey, Prof. H. Pulte, Department of Philosophy / Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr University Bochum).
  • 06/2005
    Abitur (German school leaving examination, graduation with 1.0).

Academic Positions

  • Since 09/2017: Research Associate, Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 08–10/2016: Visiting PhD Student, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT), University of Helsinki.
  • 03–07/2012: Student Assistant, Chair of Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law (Prof. C. Mieth), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 10/2011–03/2012: Student Assistant, Chair of Human Resource Management (Prof. S. Winter), Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 03/2007–02/2012: Student Assistant, Professorship of Logic and Philosophy of Language (Prof. U. Pardey), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 10/2009–03/2010: Student Assistant, Chair of Human Resource Management (Prof. S. Winter), Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr University Bochum.

Scholarships

  • 08/2014–07/2017: PhD scholarship funded by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung [Friedrich Ebert Foundation].
  • 02/2008–03/2012: Undergraduate scholarship funded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes [German National Academic Foundation].

Teaching

  • Philosophy of Economics (summer term 2018, advanced course, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Einführung in die Wissenschaftstheorie (Introduction to Philosophy of Science, winter term 2017/2018, basic course, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Wert und Werte von Wissenschaft in Zeiten von Trump und Pegida (Value and Values of Science in Times of Trump and Pegida, winter term 2017/2018, advanced course + workshop, Ruhr University Bochum, together with Jan Baedke and Maria Sojka)
  • Tutorium Märkte und Unternehmungen (Tutorium Markets and Enterprises, winter term 2011/2012, tutorium, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Tutorium Märkte und Unternehmungen (Tutorium Markets and Enterprises, winter term 2009/2010, tutorium, Ruhr University Bochum)

Reviewing

  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2x)

Talks

  • 27 September 2017: “What Phillips Has Actually Done – and What Not. A Woodwardian-Style Reconsideration of the Origin of a Paradigmatic Macroeconomic Generalization", XXIV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil), Humboldt University, Berlin.
  • 6 July 2017: “Kausalität und Supervenienz: Eine interventionistische Begründung von Kausalrelationen zwischen höheren Phänomenen” [“Causality and Supervenience: An Interventionist Approach to Causation between Higher-Level Phenomena”], Research Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science (Prof. H. Pulte), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
  • 6 October 2016: “What Phillips Has Actually Done – and What Not. An Interventionist Reconsideration of the Origin of a Pillar of Macroeconomics”, TINT, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • 7 July 2016: “Is the Phillips Curve an Explanatory Relationship? – An Interventionist Approach”, Research Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science (Prof. H. Pulte), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
  • 17 November 2015: “Kausalerklärungen in der Ökonomie. Eine wissenschaftstheoretische Untersuchung über Invarianz, Intervention und Prognose” [“Causal Explanation in Economics. Invariance, Intervention, and Forecast from the Philosophy of Science Point of View”], Research Colloquium (Prof. G. Schurz), Department of Philosophy, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 29 January 2015: “Modelle in der Ökonomie und Ceteris-Paribus-Klauseln in Verallgemeinerungen” [“Models in Economics and Ceteris Paribus Clauses in Generalizations”], Research Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science (Prof. H. Pulte), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
  • 2 September 2014: “Kausalerklärungen in der Ökonomie” [“Causal Explanation in Economics”], workshop conducted by the interdisciplinary study group “Wissenschaftstheorie der Sozialwissenschaften” [“Philosophy of Science of the Social Sciences”] (Prof. R. Schützeichel and Dr. R. Greshoff), Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • 31 October 2013: “Kausalerklärungen in der Ökonomie. Eine wissenschaftstheoretische Untersuchung über Invarianz, Intervention und Prognose” [“Causal Explanation in Economics. Invariance, Intervention, and Forecast from the Philosophy of Science Point of View”], Research Colloquium for Philosophy and History of Science (Prof. H. Pulte), Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

Publications

Books and Editions

  • Fait, B. & Zumpf, D. (Ed.): Identität, Logik, Kritik. Festschrift für Ulrich Pardey zum 65. Geburtstag [Identity, Logic, Critique. Festschrift for Ulrich Pardey on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday], Münster 2014: LIT.

 

 

Benedikt Fait, M.A.

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