You can find on this website a bunch of information on my projects, such as my current research project on the minimal self. In the following paragraphs I’m trying to give you an idea about some of the connections between my academic projects presented on this site.
The central topic of my research is the mind and questions in the philosophy of mind, psychology, and psychopathology. For instance, I investigate the relation between subjectivity and intersubjectivity in consciousness.
Of course, I have studied such questions in different disciplines and I’m engaging in interdisciplinary investigation. Yet, my main concern is the clarification of what is to be investigated in the first place and distinguishing the different issues at stake. In this context I find Husserlian phenomenology particularly pertinent, which I sometimes supplement with the conceptual rigor of philosophy of language.
I furthermore believe that the “systematic” study of the mind needs to be amended with a “historical” or genealogical study of the concepts involved. For instance, “consciousness” and “self” are relatively new concepts that build upon ancient conceptions of “psychē” (ψυχή). Not only offer philosophers of earlier centuries arguments and distinct views on the meaning of such concepts. Furthermore, understanding their views is essential to an understanding of the deeper levels of thought built into the very concepts we use today. In the history of philosophy, I especially study and teach ancient Greek and Early Modern philosophy, Kant, as well as 19ᵗʰ and 20ᵗʰ century philosophy.
A key research topic is the role of culture for consciousness. I think that much of consciousness is impregnated by culture, which comprises intersubjective commonalities from embodied habits to shared ways of thinking. I have taught and researched on intercultural philosophy and co-edit a book that breaks ground for the study of the interplay of embodiment, enaction, and culture by bringing together new contributions by some of the most renowned scholars and the latest results from up-and-coming researchers.
In the past, I have held and assisted lectures and courses at Munich University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of California at Berkeley, such as a lecture course on Technology, Knowledge, and Human Life and one on Latin American philosophy. Please take a look at my publications and see if you would like to download some.
You can also download my complete dissertation. It starts with an investigation of the roots of contemporary discussions of colors in the early modern distinction between primary and secondary qualities. I furthermore trace back that distinction to what Edmund Husserl calls the “mathematization of culture.” I then analyze the different steps in the mathematization in order to understand better how it shapes the scientific concept of the world and its relation to the lifeworld. For more information on the dissertation, please click on its title: The Paradox of the Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction and Husserl’s Genealogy of the Mathematization of Nature.
For any thoughts or questions, please just shoot me an email. I’m always curious hearing feedback and happy to get new ideas, and I try to answer emails timely.