• About ME

    Hi!

    I'm a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at RWTH Aachen University. One of my research focuses is in political philosophy. I have worked on such topics as toleration, punishment, patriotism, and, currently, on ethical aspects of government surveillance. Another research focus is in moral philosophy, especially in ethics of technology, moral psychology and metaethics.

     

    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).

     

     

    RECENT AND FORTHCOMING TALKS

    • September 2020: "Artificial Intelligence and Responsibility. What is the Problem?", Erlangen, DGPhil
    • December 2019: "What is the Use of Experimental Ethics?", Bochum (Extra Kolloquium).
    • 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

    Publications

     

    Political Philosophy

    •  editor of a forthcoming special issue of Moral Philosophy and Politics on the Ethics of State Mass Surveillance
    • forthcoming, "Introduction to the Special Issue on the Ethics of State Mass Surveillance", Moral Philosophy and Politics.
    • 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)
    • 2016, “Die Idee der Toleranz”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (70), pp. 424-448. postprint (pdf)
    • 2015, „Pierre Bayles Verteidigung des irrenden Gewissens und das Paradox der Toleranz“, Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (101), pp. 1-16. published version (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. 
     
      Moral Philosophy/Metaethics
      • forthcoming, "Experimental Ethics, Intuitions, and Morally Irrelevant Factors", Philosophical Studies.
        postprint (pdf)
      • 2018, “Evolutionary Skepticism about Morality and Prudential Normativity”, Philosophia (46), pp. 911-928. postprint (pdf)
      • 2018, "On the normative insignificance of neuroscience and dual-process theory", Neuroethics (11), pp. 195-209.
        postprint (pdf)
      • 2018, “Two Types of Debunking Arguments”, Philosophical Psychology (31), pp. 383-402.
        postprint (pdf)  I published version

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

    • Teaching

      Courses

      • "The Ethics of Risk" (Aachen, 2020, undergraduate level)
      • Reading Club (co-chair, Aachen, 2020)
      • "John Rawls: A Theory of Justice“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level)
      • „Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level)
      • „Introduction to Political Philosophy – Contemporary Democratic Theory“ (Tübingen, 2015, undergraduate level)
      • “Introduction to Political Philosophy - Theories of Toleration" (Tübingen, 2014/15, undergraduate level)
      • „Debunking Arguments in Ethics“ (Tübingen, 2013/14, graduate level, jointly with Sabine Döring)

       

      Teaching Materials