On this website you can find information on some of my projects, such as my current Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project on the minimal self.
One of the recurrent topics of my research is the role of culture for consciousness. From embodied habits to shared ways of thinking, culture impregnates consciousness. A recent result of my work on this topic is a book that studies the interplay of embodiment, enaction, and culture.
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 a few selected publications and see if you would like to download some.
I believe that the interdisciplinary and “systematic” study of the mind needs to be backed by a “historical” or genealogical study of the concepts involved. Not only offer philosophers of earlier centuries arguments and distinct views on the meaning of complex concepts such as “consciousness” and “self.” Furthermore, understanding their views reveals the foundations of today's concepts. In the history of philosophy, I have researched and taught mainly ancient Greek philosophy, Early Modern philosophy, Kant, 19ᵗʰ, and 20ᵗʰ century philosophy.
You may find that my dissertation elaborates some interesting ideas. It investigates how the distinction between primary and secondary qualities is fundamental to the mind-body problem and the nature of perceptive qualities. 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. For a more differentiated description of 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.
For any thoughts or questions, please just shoot me an email. I’m always curious about hearing what others think and happy to get new ideas.