• About ME


    I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Karlruhe Institute of Technology. I'm working mostly in moral and political philosophy. My current project is on the ethics of state mass surveillance. Other research interests of mine include toleration, punishment and the relationship between empirical moral psychology and moral philosophy.


    I hold a 'Magister' in Philosophy and Politics from Tübingen University and an MPhil in Philosophy from Cambridge University (Queens' College), and I completed my PhD again at Tübingen University. I also spent two terms at Sciences Po Paris and later again some more time in Cambridge as a visiting PhD student. During my undergraduate and doctoral studies, I was a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).




    'Moral Philosophy and Politics' is going to publish a special issue on the ethics of state mass surveillance, with me serving as the guest editor. The CfP can be found here.




    • August 2019: Comment on Norbert Paulo: "Romantisierte Intuitionen", Bielefeld.
    • June 2019, "On the normative (in-)significance of experimental ethics", International Conference on Ethics, Porto
    • May 2019, "The Ethics of State Mass Surveillance", University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research)
    • May 2019, "The Ethics of State Mass Surveillance", University of Salzburg.
  • Research


    • editor of a forthcoming special issue of Moral Philosophy and Politics on the Ethics of State Mass Surveillance
    • forthcoming, "Experimental Ethics, Intuitions, and Morally Irrelevant Factors", Philosophical Studies.
      postprint (pdf)
    • forthcoming (invited submission), "Paradoxes of Toleration", in M. Sardoč (ed.): Palgrave Handbook of Toleration.
    • 2019, “The Simplicity of Toleration”, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, available as 'online first'.
      postprint (pdf)
    • 2018, "On the normative insignificance of neuroscience and dual-process theory", Neuroethics (11), pp. 195-209.
      postprint (pdf)
    • 2018, “Evolutionary Skepticism about Morality and Prudential Normativity”, Philosophia (46), pp. 911-928. postprint (pdf)
    • 2016, “Die Idee der Toleranz”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (70), pp. 424-448. postprint (pdf)
    • 2013, „Was Toleranz ist, was sie nicht ist, und wie man sie nicht rechtfertigen kann“, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (67), pp. 473-490. postprint (pdf)
    • 2013, „The expressivist account of punishment, retribution, and the emotions”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (16), pp. 1029-1047. philpapers
    • 2012, “Patriotism. A Case Study in the Philosophy of Emotions”, in Grazer Philosophische Studien (85), pp. 299-309.

    Sadly, I have not published on the healing power of coconuts.

  • Teaching

    Courses taught

    • „John Rawls: A Theory of Justice“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • „Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • „Introduction to Political Philosophy – Contemporary Democratic Theory“ (Tübingen, 2015, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • “Introduction to Political Philosophy - Theories of Toleration"  I syllabus
    • „Debunking Arguments in Ethics“ (Tübingen, 2013/14, graduate level, jointly with Sabine Döring) I syllabus

    Here's my guideline on philosophical essay writing (in German).