About and News

Positions and Education 


I am a philosopher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Cologne. 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 I received my MA (Philosophy) from 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 interests in the history of analytic philosophy, decision theory, metaethics, philosophical logic, and philosophy of logic.

You can find some of my papers here, here, and there.


New Paper in OUP VolumeMy paper „Epistemic Paradise Lost — Saving What We Can with Stable Support“ is going to be published in a super cool volume edited by N. Hughes on Epistemic Dilemmas (Oxford University Press).
New Paper in Synthese Yay, my paper „Explicating the Concept of Epistemic Rationality“ is published in Synthese.
New Paper in Routledge VolumeHappy — my paper „Disagreement in a Group: Aggregation, Respect for Evidence, and Synergy“ is published in the volume The Epistemology of Group DisagreementRoutledge (edited by F. Broncano-Berrocal and A. Carter).
First Rhine-Ruhr Epistemology Meeting (08/21) So excited! P. Brössel, C. Feldbacher-Escamilla and I are organizing the First Rhine-Ruhr Epistemology Meeting, which is going to be online. Many wonderful epistemologists from the Rhine-Ruhr area are presenting their work. You are welcome to join us! More news coming soon!
New Paper in SyntheseMy paper „No Commitment to the Truth“ is published in Synthese.
New Paper in BJPS My paper „Evidential Probabilities and Credences“ is published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
New Paper in OUP Volume P. Brössel’s and my paper „Evidence of Evidence as Higher-Order Evidence“ is published in the Volume Higher-Order Evidence: New EssaysOxford University Press (edited by M. Skipper and A. Steglich-Petersen).

Header Image

The picture shows the main plaza of San Ignacio de Velasco in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. San Ignacio is a beautiful, tropical, and vivid city, which is very close to the Brazilian border. Whenever I can, I spend time in Santa Cruz, where I have a huge, wonderful family, and where nature is relaxing and impressively beautiful.