About and News

Positions and Education 

IMG_0206I am an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, and Logic of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cologne and 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 Leuven, Berkeley, Konstanz, Munich, Duisburg-Essen, Salzburg, and Boston. I completed my PhD 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 focuses 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 of 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.

Some of my papers can be found here and there.


New Position (03/’18) I have just started as an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, and Logic of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cologne.
Talk in Hamburg (11/’18) I got invited to present a talk at the workshop Knowledge, Belief and Probability. The workshop takes place at the University of Hamburg in November ’18. (Invited speakers: TBA. Organizers: The Research Group Knowledge and Decision.)

Workshop in Cologne (09/’18)

I am (co-)organizing the workshop The Significance of Higher-Order Evidence. It is a satellite-workshop of GAP.10. The workshop is in Cologne in September ’18. (Invited speakers: K. Dorst, B. Fitelson, M. Lasonen-Aarnio, T. Raleigh, and T. Williamson.) Feel free to participate! You can find the call for submissions and for registration on the workshop’s website.

Talk in Bochum (07/’18)

I got invited to present a talk at the Research Colloquium at the University of Bochum in July ’18.
Talk & Comment in Bochum (06/’18) I got invited to the pre-read workshop Epistemology Seminar at the Ruhr-University Bochum in June ’18. I will present a paper and comment on another paper by Maria Lasonen-Aarnio. It will be a super fun event with many friends and great epistemologists! (Invited speakers: L. Cassell, J. Dutant, AM. A. Eder, B. Fitelson, M. Lasonen-Aarnio, R. Pettigrew, G. Schultheis, J. Spencer, S. Sturgeon. Organizers: P. Brössel, B. Fitelson, I. Lawler, and T. Raleigh.)
Talk in Cologne (06/’18) So happy I got invited to present a paper at the workshop Recent Debates in Formal Epistemology at the CONCEPT in Cologne in June ’18. (Invited speakers: J. Dutant, R. Pettigrew, AM. A. Eder, C. de Canson, S. Bradley, P. Brössel, L. Rosa. Organizer: L. Rosa.)

Talk in Hamburg (04/’18)

I will give my first talk at a departmental colloquium in Germany. It will be at the University of Hamburg in April ’18. I look forward to catching up with some friends at the department.

Talk in San Diego (03/’18)

I am presenting my talk „Epistemology without Ideal Agents“ at the invited symposium Ideal and Non-Ideal in Epistemology and Political Theory at the APA Pacific Division in San Diego in March ’18. It will be my first talk at an APA meeting. (Invited speakers: AM. A. Eder and D. Wiens. Commentator: N. Ballantyne. Organizers: K. Easwaran.)

Article in Volume

I got invited to contribute to the OUP volume Higher-Order Evidence: New Essays. (Contributions by: D. Christensen, K. Dorst, AM. A. Eder, D. Greco, S. Horowitz, K. Kappel, M. Lasonen-Aarnio, R. Neta, J. Pryor, M. Titelbaum, D. Whiting, T. Williamson,  A. Worsnip. Editors: M. Skipper Rasmussen & A. Steglich-Petersen.)
Special Issue I am (co-)editing the special issue Philosophical Methods with Synthese. We had many submissions and have accepted a lot of great papers.
Portrait You can find a portrait of me on the SWIP Germany e.V. blog.