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.
Most of my research is in theoretical philosophy, although I also engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary exchange. I'm especially concerned with the interplay of subjective experience, pre-reflective self, intersubjectivity, lived body, culture, sociality, meaning, reason, understanding, knowledge, technology, and science. I build in particular on insights from phenomenology, both by the classical and more recent philosophers in that tradition. I tend to investigate the pertinent concepts in their development from Ancient Greek to contemporary philosophy and see them in light of conceptual criticisms in philosophy of mind and language. A recent result of my work on some of the above topics is a book on embodiment, enaction, and culture.
I believe that systematic philosophical investigations need to be backed by a “historical” or genealogical study of the concepts involved. 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, understanding their views reveals 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.
In the past, I have assisted and given lectures and courses at Munich University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of California at Berkeley, such as four lecture courses 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.
You may find interesting some ideas elaborated in my dissertation. It investigates how the distinction between primary and secondary qualities still shapes contemporary accounts of the nature of perceptive qualities and gives rise to enigmatic problems in the context of the mind-body problem. 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.
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