ABOUT

I'm a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
My research interests include moral philosophy, the foundations of normativity, and the philosophy of the social sciences.

Prior to pursuing my Ph.D., I received an M.A. in Philosophy from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and a B.A. in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth.


PUBLICATIONS

"Normative Models and Their Success" (Together with Lukas Beck)

forthcoming in philosophy of the social sciences

Abstract (link to full paper): In this paper, we explore an under-investigated question concerning the class of formal models that aim at providing normative guidance. We call such models normative models. In particular, we examine the question of how ... normative models can successfully exert normative guidance. First, we highlight the absence of a discussion of this question – which is surprising given the extensive debate about the success conditions of descriptive models – and motivate its importance. Second, we introduce and discuss two potential accounts of the success conditions of normative models. Our tentative conclusion is that the second account is more promising.


"Against the Unrestricted Applicability of Disjunction Elimination"

rerum causae 9 (2): 92-111. 2017

Abstract: In this paper, I argue that the disjunction elimination rule presupposes the principle that a true disjunction contains at least one true disjunct. However, in some contexts such as supervaluationism or quantum logic, we are well-advised to reject this principle. Hence, ...disjunction elimination is restricted in at least one respect: it is not applicable to disjunctions for which this principle does not hold. The insight that disjunction elimination presupposes the principle that a true disjunction contains at least one true disjunct is applied to two arguments which argue for this very principle. I show that these arguments are rule-circular since they rest on disjunction elimination. I claim that rule-circularity better explains why the arguments fail than the explanations provided by Rumfitt (2015), which, for instance, rely on controversial principles about truth.

TEACHING

Intentions in Philosophy and International Politics (Together with Moritz Gräfrath)

winter semester 2019/20 at the university of bayreuth

This seminar explores the concept of intentions and their significance in contemporary debates within both philosophy and international relations. In this interdisciplinary course, students first engage the philosophical foundations of intentions, focusing especially on ...their relation to actions and the question of whether groups can have intentions. Then, the course illuminates the central role of intentions in the study of international politics by exploring questions such as: how do states assess the intentions of their peers? Can they discern them with confidence? And what do the answers to these questions imply about the prospects for sustained cooperation in the international arena? In this way, the seminar achieves two things. First, students acquire insights into core philosophical disciplines such as theory of action and philosophy of mind as well as into the field of international relations theory. Second, students discover how debates within philosophy can crucially inform research in the social sciences.

OUTSIDE ACADEMIA



Nature Kindergartens
by Sozialkraftwerk and LivingCircles