On this website, you can find information on some of my philosophical and interdisciplinary work. Maybe you came here to read or download my forthcoming prize-winning essay “The Computation of Bodily, Embodied, and Virtual Reality.” It attempts an answer to the question “What Can Corporality as a Constitutive Condition of Experience (Still) Mean in the Digital Age?” Or you may be interested in my paper on how technology is developing beyond information technology, which builds on work by Wittgenstein, Turing, and Heidegger, amongst others. Perhaps you want to take a look at my paper “The Embodied Self and the Paradox of Subjectivity” or my other publications, and possibly download some. Or you may be interested in my current VolkswagenStiftung project, Artificial Intelligence and its Integration into the World of Human Meaning and Experience, or in my earlier Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project on the minimal self.
The main theme of my research is the interplay of consciousness, reason, and understanding. For instance, I investigate the interconnection of subjective experience, pre-reflective self, intersubjectivity, lived body, language, culture, meaning, and world. I find especially intriguing to reconsider the conceptualization of such issues with respect to science, mathematics, technology, and artificial intelligence. I tend to combine approaches from phenomenology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. A particular concern is interdisciplinary cooperation, for instance with computer science, psychology, and psychopathology. One result of my work on some of the above topics is an edited book on embodiment, enaction, and culture, published by MIT Press.
I believe that the study of the history of philosophy is important even for systematic philosophical investigations. Philosophers of earlier centuries do not only offer helpful arguments and distinct views on the meaning of complex concepts such as “consciousness” and “self.” Furthermore, and often more importantly, their views can reveal the foundations of today’s concepts. In the history of philosophy, I have researched and taught mainly Ancient Greek and Early Modern philosophy, besides Kant, 19ᵗʰ, and 20ᵗʰ century philosophy.
I’m a passionate teacher and was awarded an exceptional teaching award at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Further universities where I have assisted and given lectures and courses are Munich University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Vienna University. For instance, I have held three lecture courses on the interdependence of conceptualizations of technology and the world since Ancient Greek philosophy and one on Latin American philosophy.
My dissertation investigates the concept of the world as computable by natural science and how it has led to enigmatic problems in the context of the mind-body problem. The starting point are contemporary accounts of the nature of perceptive qualities such as colors. I show how they derive from the distinction between primary and secondary qualities in early modern philosophy. After tracing back that distinction to what Edmund Husserl calls the “mathematization of nature,” I 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 experiential lifeworld. If you are interested in reading more about the dissertation, please click on its hard-to-miss title: The Paradox of the Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction and Husserl’s Genealogy of the Mathematization of Nature.
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