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Curriculum Vitæ

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Analytical Philosophy, Kant


Areas of Competence

Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Ethical Theory



2005   PhD Philosophy, University Köln
               Dissertation Thesis: Mind and Brain. Typological Inquiries into systematic positions
               (summa cum laude), Supervisors: Prof. K. Düsing, Prof. T. Grundmann (Köln)
2001   M.A. Philosophy (Major), German Literature and Language, Modern History (Minors).
               Thesis: The relationship between Mind and Brain in the controversy between Dennett
               und Searle
, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. Düsing (Köln)


Academic Appointments

since 3/2014          Lichtenberg-Professor of Philosophy with a focus on Philosophy of Consciousness and Cognition                                            (funded by VolkswagenStiftung)

9/2010 – 2/2014   Junior-Professor for Philosophy, Focus on Consciousness & Cognition,
                                      and Leader of the Junior Research Group on Intentionality
                                      (funded by the State of Northrhine Westfalia with 526.000 €)

5/2009 – 9/2010      Junior Research Group Leader for Neurophilosophy, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience,
                                      University Tübingen (Germany)

4/2006 – 4/2009      Postdoctoral Fellow (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the research project:
                                       "Self-consciousness and concept formation in humans" (Prof. A. Newen),
                                       Institute of Philosophy, Ruhr-University Bochum and University Tübingen (Germany)

2/2001 – 9/2005      Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft und -Mitarbeiter) at chair Prof. K. Düsing,
                                       Philosophisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln (Germany)

9/1999 – 1/2001      Teaching Assistant (Studentische Hilfskraft) @ Chair Prof. K. Düsing, Philosophy Department,
                                       University zu Köln (Germany)


Grants and Scholarships

2014 - 2019      Situated cognition. Perceiving the World and Understanding other Minds funded by VolkswagenStiftung                                (1.036.000 €)

2010 – 2015     Junior Research Group on Intentionality, Embodiment and Self-consciousness funded by the State of
                               Northrhine-Westfalia and Ruhr-University Bochum (526.000 €)

2010 – 2013     Research Grant by the VolkswagenStiftung for the interdisciplinary project „Being addressed as You:
                               A Second-Person Approach to Other Minds
“ (320.000 €). In cooperation with Dr med. Leonhard Schilbach
                               (Psychiatry, Köln), Dr. Bert Timmermans (Uniklinik Köln/Brussels), Prof. Vasu Reddy (Psychology,
                               Portsmouth), Prof. Chris Frith (Neuroscience, London/Aarhus), Dr. Nikolaus Steinbeis (MPI Leipzig).

2007 – 2009     Grant by the VolkswagenStiftung for the interdisciplinary research project "Finding culturally (in)dependent
                               levels of self-representation: The case of emotions
" (41.000 Euro). For more details including cooperation
                               partners see

2007 – 2008     Member of the „Elite program for postdoctoral fellows“ by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg and Grant for
                               the project "Intentionality, Self-consciousness, and social interaction. An investigation from the perspectives
                               of philosophy and the cognitive sciences
" (73.000 Euro)

1999                  Study Grant by the Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds

1997/98            ERASMUS–Scholarship (European Union) @ University College, London (UK), Tutor: Prof. T. Crane


Academic Awards

9/2008     Award for Best Paper in Cognitive Sciences @ Annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
, Dresden, Germany (Paper: "Ein Stufenmodell der Intentionalität")

4/2006     Award for Best Philosophy Poster @ Conference: Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) X,
                    Oxford, England, Title: "Me-ishness. A Kantian explanation of subjective character"

4/2004     Award for Best Poster Presentation @ Conference: Towards a Science of Consciousness VI, Tucson, Arizona,
                     Title: "Physicalism, Dualism, and a Kantian Alternative"

4/2002     Best Student Paper Award Nominee @ Conference: Towards a Science of Consciousness V, Tucson, Arizona,
                   Title: "Problems of John Searle's Biological Naturalism"


Administrative Work and Teaching

Teaching at Universities Köln, Tübingen and Bochum, most recently:

  • Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (Spring term 2007)
  • Kant’s Philosophy of Biology in the Critique of Judgment (Spring term 2008)
  • Theories of Intentionality from Brentano to Searle (Fall term 2008/9)
  • Introduction to Epistemology (Spring term 2009)
  • Understanding other minds (Fall term 2009)
  • Materialism, Consciousness and Phenomenal Concepts (Summer term 2010)
  • Phenomenal Consciousness (Fall term 2010/11)
  • Perception (Fall term 2010/11)
  • The Science of Consciousness (Summer term 2011)
  • Intentionality: Cognitive, Sensorimotor, Biological (Summer term 2011)

 Organization of various conferences, workshops, and symposia, most recently:

10/2014     Dimensions of Intentionality, Conference at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

7/2014       18th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Member of Scientific Committee,                        Brisbane (Australia)

3/2014       Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures, Graduate-Workshop with Prof. Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts): Explaining Mind

7/2013       17th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, San Diego, Chair of Scientific                         Committee (local organizer: Prof. David Edelman, The Neurosciences Institute San Diego)

5/2013      Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures, Graduate-Workshop with Prof. David J. Chalmers (NYU/ANU): "Constructing the World"

10/2012    Radical Enactivism, Workshop with Prof. Daniel D. Hutto (Hertfordshire) and Prof. Erik Myin (Antwerpen)

7/2012     Interfaces of the Mind Workshop (funded by the Volkswagenstiftung, 27.000 €), with Kenneth Aizawa,                                                 Ron Chrisley, Helena de Preester, Shaun Gallagher, Holger Lyre, Richard Menary, Angela Mendelovici, David Pitt,                         Andreas Roepstorff, Robert Rosenberger, Robert Rupert, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Corrado Sinigaglia, Jan Slaby,                

5/2012    Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures, Graduate-Workshop with Prof. Ned Block (NYU) and Prof. Susan Carey (Harvard),                

5/2012    Social Cognition, Engagement, and the Second-Person Perspective, Conference with Cristina Becchio (Torino),                          Alan Costall (Portsmouth), Chris & Uta Frith (London), Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg), Tobias Grossmann (Leipzig),                          Riita Hari (Helsinki), Günther Knoblich (Nijmegen), Agnes Kovács (Budapest), Joel Krueger (Kopenhagen),                          Victoria McGeer (Princeton), Albert Newen (Bochum), Vasudevi Reddy (Portsmouth), Eric Rietveld (Amsterdam),                          Norihiro Sadato (Tokyo), Natalie Sebanz (Nijmegen), Corrado Sinigaglia (Milan), and Kai Vogeley (Cologne),                

10/2011   Epistemic Feeling and Metacognition, Workshop with Santiago Arango-Muñoz (Bochum), Sabine Döring (Tübingen),                         Jérôme Dokic (Paris), Anastasia Efklides (Thessaloniki), Anita Konzelmann Ziv (Genève), Chris Moulin (Leeds),                         Jennifer Nagel (Toronto), Bennett Schwartz (Miami), Celine Souchay (Leeds)

11/2010     Workshop on Imagination and Imaginings. Perspectives from Philosophy of Mind, University Tübingen
                       (with Anne-Sophie Brüggen and Frank Hofmann). Speakers: Margherita Arcangeli (Institut Jean Nicod Paris),
                       Anne-Sophie Brueggen (Bochum), Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean Nicod Paris), Fabian Dorsch (Fribourg), Frank
                       Hofmann (Tübingen), Jonathan Ichikawa (St Andrews), Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College), Markus
                       Kneer (Institut Jean Nicod Paris), Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex)

8/2010      Symposium on Being addressed as You: Towards a Second Person Approach to Other Minds (peer reviewed)
                      at the Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Bochum/Essen. Speakers: Leonhard
                      Schilbach (Köln), Vasudevi Reddy (Portsmouth), Alan Costall (Portsmouth), Tobias Schlicht (Tübingen)

7/2010       Workshop on Materialism, Consciousness, and Phenomenal Concepts at University Tübingen (with Frank
                      Hofmann). Speakers: Michael Tye (Austin), David Papineau (London), Janet Levin (USC), Derek Ball (St
                      Andrews), Frank Hofmann (Tübingen), Albert Newen (Bochum)

6/2009      Symposium on Attention and Consciousness (peer reviewed) at the 13th meeting of the Association for the
                      Scientific Study of Consciousness, Berlin (Germany). Speakers: Alva Noë (Berkeley), Ronald Rensink
                      (Vancouver), and Michael Tye (Austin).

8/2008     Workshop on "Joint Attention. Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Social Neuroscience" at
                     Ruhr-Universität Bochum (with Albert Newen). Speakers: Malinda Carpenter (Leipzig), Vasu Reddy (Portsmouth),
                     Ingar Brinck (Lund), Naomi Eilan (Warwick), Albert Newen (Bochum), Stefanie Hoehl (Leipzig), Patrizia Thoma
                     (Bochum), Ipke Wachsmuth (Bielefeld), Claudia Toermer (Munich), Leonhard Schilbach (Köln). Further

2/2008     Rudolf Carnap Lectures on "Perception, Action, and Understanding" presented by Prof. Alva Noë (Berkeley) at
                     Ruhr-Universität Bochum (with Albert Newen).

3/2007     Workshop with Prof. Shaun Gallagher (University of Central Florida) on "Body, Self, and Intersubjectivity" at
                     Ruhr-Universität Bochum (with Albert Newen).


Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil)
  • Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP)
  • Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaften (GK)