Dr. Richard Stöckle-Schobel

Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University of Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
Room GA 04/44
44780 Bochum, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)234-32-27159
Fax: +49-(0)234-32-14463

Office hours by appointment


I am a philosopher of cognitive science working on theories of concepts, cognitive development, causal reasoning, and philosophical issues in psychology more generally.

Previously, I held a Visiting Fellowship at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

Before, I have worked in Dr. Dr. Niki Pfeifer’s DFG Project PF 740/2-1 (Rational reasoning with conditionals and probabilities. Logical foundations and empirical evaluation.) at the MCMP, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

I wrote my PhD thesis in philosophy (title: Concept Learning Challenged) at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

For more information about my work, see my blog: www.shortpiecesonmind.wordpress.com




Stöckle-Schobel, R. (2016). Arguments from Developmental Order. Frontiers in Psychology 7:751. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00751.

– Pfeifer, N. & Stöckle-Schobel, R. (2015). Uncertain Conditionals and Counterfactuals in (Non-)Causal Settings, in: Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Cognitive Science & 10th International Conference on Cognitive Science.

– Stöckle-Schobel, R. (2012). Perceptual learning and feature-based approaches to concepts – a critical discussion. Frontiers in Psychology 3:93. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00093.

Book chapter:

– Interaction in education – insights from research in social cognition, in: Elena Xeni
(ed.), Creative Engagements with children: inside and outside school contexts. Interdisciplinary
Press. Oxford. 2012. pp. 145-154.

Selected conference talks (peer-reviewed):

“Between Brute-Causal and Rational Concept Acquisition”, 1st iCog Conference on Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science, University of Sheffield, 29.11.2013

“Conceptual Holism and the Theory-theory of Concept Learning”, Workshop: Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language, University of Durham, 28.05.2013.

“Between Brute-Causal and Rational Concept Acquisition”, 9th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication: Perception and Concepts, University of Latvia, Riga, 16.05.2013

“Against Concepts as Words”, 20th Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, London, 31.08.2012.

“Criteria for Concept Learning – A critique of Fodor’s methodological distinction in his argument against learning concepts”, British Society for Philosophy of Science Conference, University of Stirling, 06.07.2012.

“Sellarsian Concept Learning”, Sellars Centenary Workshop, University College Dublin, 04.06.2012.

“Prelinguistic concepts and the social dimension of conceptual development”, Rudolf Carnap Lectures Graduate Workshop, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 01.06.2012.

“Prelinguistic concepts – An argument for the social dimension of conceptual development”, Amsterdam Graduate Philosophy Conference 2011, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 17.12.2011.

“Fodor’s Paradox”, Child Language Seminar, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, 16.12.2010

“Dynamic Representations of Mental States”, Workshop: Levels of Processing. Foundations of Social Cognition, Universität Bonn, 16.09.2010