Welcome

SAM_4272.JPG…to my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. My main interest is experience and especially: how our beliefs and our experience affect each other. Relevant topic in this context are: the rational role of experience, the theory-ladenness of observation and theory change, the cognitive penetrability of perception and justification, moral perception and moral progress, and implicit bias.

Before coming to Pittsburgh, I studied in Germany, held positions as research assistant, instructor, as member of the managing board of the Center for Philosophy of Science in Münster that I co-founded, and of the Center for Logic, Philosophy of Science and History of Science at the University of Rostock, at which I served as center coordinator.

I also have a background in Indian studies and psychology. My philosophical interests are broad, they branch out into continental, comparative, especially Indian philosophy, and pretty much everything else except, perhaps, medieval philosophy, which I blame on lack of exposure.

The title of my dissertation is Experience and Belief. An Inquiry into the Doxastic Variability of Experience. My main advisor is Anil Gupta, my other committee members are John McDowell, Robert Brandom, and Edouard Machery. To find out more about my dissertation look here. If you want to also know more about my research, presentations, publications, or academic services, simply follow the links or download my CV.

I also invite you to look at the teaching section of this website and, if you like, the section on what I love and like outside academia (e.g. languages). You can access these different sections either by following the links or by using the navigation tool, which opens if you click on the black square in the top right corner of the page.

Don’t hesitate to contact me in case you want to know. You are also welcome to contact me if you think that I might be someone you would like to work with. I love to work on collaborative projects. If a particularly interesting one comes to mind as you browse through my pages – get in touch! I am looking forward to hearing from you!