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Positions and Education 

img_0206I am Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Cologne. I am also an external member of the Emmy Noether Research Group From Perception To Belief and Back Again at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Before coming to Cologne, I spent time at Universities in Salzburg, Leuven, Berkeley, Konstanz, Munich, Duisburg-Essen, and Boston. I completed my Ph.D. studies (Philosophy) at the University of Konstanz in 2016, and some years ago I finished my MA studies (Philosophy) at the University of Salzburg.

Research Topics

My past, current, and future research focus on debates in epistemology, general philosophy of science, and metaphilosophy. In epistemology, my research encompasses epistemic disagreement, epistemic pluralism, epistemic normativity, theories of justification, of evidential support and higher-order evidence, and the relationship between logic and reasoning. In the philosophy of science, my research centers on the aims of inquiry, the relationship between confirmation and rationality, and the relationship between explanation and understanding. In metaphilosophy, I am mainly interested in methods of conceptual clarification and conceptual engineering, and on the role of formal methods and idealizations in philosophy.

Besides epistemology, the philosophy of science, and metaphilosophy, I have some interests in the history of analytic philosophy, decision theory, metaethics, philosophical logic, and philosophy of logic.

You can find some of my papers here and there.


My wonderful sister and I were raised bilingually (in German and Spanish) by my lovely Bolivian mother and Austrian father. I grew up in Salzburg, Austria, but, as a child, I spent most of my holidays in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and San Ignacio de Velasco, which are both in Bolivia. (The header image of my website shows the cathedral and central square of San Ignacio de Velasco.) In my spare time, I love to hang around with my family and friends, especially, with my awesome partner, who is also a philosopher.


Talk  in Stirling (05/’19)

I am happy to be invited to present a talk at the next Network Workshop of the project Knowledge Beyond Natural Science at the University of Stirling. (Organizers are: S. Roca-Royes, P. Sullivan, and C. Wright)

Talk at FEW in Turin (06/’19)

P. Brössel and I are presenting our paper „Evidence of Evidence as Higher-Order Evidence“ at the next Formal Epistemology Workshop (FEW2019) in Turin.  (V. Crupi, K. Easwaran and J. Sprenger are organizing this year’s FEW.) The paper is already accepted for publication in the OUP volume Higher-Order Evidence: New Essays. (Editors: M. Skipper and A. Steglich-Petersen.)

Talk in Erlangen (06/’19)

I am giving a talk at the research seminar of the Department of Philosophy at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. The research seminar is led by G. Ernst, B. Lienemann, and E. Mayr. I am looking forward to meeting the philosophers in Erlangen for the first time.

Talk in Edinburgh (06/’19)

I am pleased to be invited to give a talk at a workshop on closure and transmission that is organized by M. Jope at the Unversity of Edinburgh.  Love the topic!

Talk in Cologne (06/’19)

I am presenting my paper On Explicating ‚Epistemic Rationality‘ in the lecture series of the Center for Language, Information and Philosophy (CLIPS) of the University of Cologne.

Workshop in Cologne (07/’19)

I am organizing the workshop Epistemic Conflicts. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together epistemologists who work on epistemic conflicts or topics that are relevant for discussions about epistemic conflicts.

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Talk in Paris (05/’19)

I am excited about presenting my (co-)authored paper Evidence of Evidence as Higher-Order Evidence at the Decision, Rationality, and Interaction (DRI) Seminar of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) in Paris, France. I am really happy that L. Elkin invited me.

Special Issue

Great news! I. Lawler, R. v. Riel, and I have completed the SI on Philosophical Methods (Synthese)! We received super interesting contributions. Our introduction to the SI summarises the results of the contributors: M. Balaguer, G. Brun, M. Cordes, C. Dutilh Novaes, M. Egler, and L. Ross, S. Elgin, E. Kitsik, M. Kusch and R. McKenna, S. Lutz, M. Pinder, D. Sgaravatti, and A. Steinberg.

MCMP Summer School for Female Students  

I have been invited to be one of the lecturers at the next Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, which is taking place at the MCMP in Munich in July/August 2019. M. Antonutti Marfori, S. Bozdag, A. Cholodovskis, and N. Dewar are the organizers of this wonderful event.

Article in  Volume

P. Brössel and I have a paper in the OUP volume Higher-Order Evidence: New Essays. (Editors: M. Skipper and A. Steglich-Petersen.) Its title is „Evidence of Evidence as Higher-Order Evidence“.

Article in Volume

I will contribute to the Routledge volume The Epistemology of Group Disagreement. (Editors: A. Carter and F. Broncano-Berrocal.)
Portrait You can find a portrait of me on the SWIP Germany e.V. blog.