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Academic CV

Research Interests

  • AOS: Metaethics
  • AOC: Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Early Modern Philosophy (esp. David Hume)
     

Education

  • 08/2012: M.A., (with Distinction), Philosophy and Sociology, RWTH Aachen University, Thesis Title: Metaethical Aspects of David Hume's Moral Philosophy, Supervisor: Markus Stepanians
  • 07/2010: B.A., Philosophy and Sociology, RWTH Aachen University, Thesis Title: Die Moralische Bedeutung des Konzepts der Positionalen Objektivität, Supervisor: Wilfried Hinsch
  • 06/2006: Abitur, Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium in Aachen (Germany)
     

Employment

  • 11/2012 – present: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Researcher), Saarland University, Chair for Practical Philosophy (Ulla Wessels and Christoph Fehige)
  • 10/2013 – 03/2016: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Researcher), Saarland University, Chair for Analytic Philosophy (Holger Sturm)
  • 01/2009 – 09/2012: Studentische Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), RWTH Aachen University, Department of Philosophy
  • 06/2006 – 01/2009: Freelancing Journalist for the Aachener Zeitung
     

Scholarships

  • 10/2012 – 11/2012: Full Ph.D.-Scholarship (RWTH Scholarship for Doctoral Students), RWTH Aachen University (Resigned for Assistantship at Saarland University)
  • 03/2012 – 08/2012: Full Master Student Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V. (German National Academic Foundation)
     

Publications

  • "Im Vorbeigehen", in: Bossart, Yves (ed.): Sehen soweit das Denken reicht. Eine Begegnung von Philosophie und Fotographie. Zurich: Offizin, 2012
  • Over 100 Journalistic Articles in the Aachener Zeitung, 2006 – 2009
     

Talks (Selection)

  • "Ethical Aspects of the Digital Transformation", Conference: Design at Business: "How to Humanize the Digital Transformation", Berlin: Microsoft Atrium, 11/2016
  • "A Humean Account of Moral Disagreement", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 07/2016
  • "The Nature and Epistemology of Moral Disagreement", University of Freiburg, International Conference on Disagreements in Ethics (organized by the Research Group Deep Disagreements), Freiburg, 07/2016
  • "When Two People Quarrel, the Objectivist Rejoices? Why Our Intuitions towards Moral Disagreement Don't Favor Objectivism", GAP9: The 9th International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (Society for Analytic Philosophy), Osnabrück, 09/2015
  • "Philosophische Probleme in Science-Fiction-Filmen", Saarland University, Open House Day, 07/2015
  • "Normative Disagreement Entails Normative Judgment", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 06/2015
  • "Hybrid Expressivism and Normative Disagreements", Saarland University, Workshop Normativity and Meaning with Mike Ridge, 05/2014
  • "David Hume und das Motivationsproblem", RWTH Aachen University, Research Colloquium of the Chair for Practical Philosophy, 02/2013
     

Paper Presentations (Selection)

  • "The Epistemology and Nature of Normative Disagreement", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 01/2016
  • "How Not to Think About Normative Disagreement", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 10/2015
  • "The Negation Problem Unleashed: ¬(Expressivists Can Explain Moral Disagreements)", Humboldt University of Berlin, Research Colloquium of the Chair for Practical Philosophy (Thomas Schmidt), 01/2014
  • "What Is a (Moral) Disagreement?", University of Göttingen, Research Colloquium of the Chair for Practical Philosophy (Holmer Steinfath), 10/2013
  • "Expressivism and Moral Disagreement", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 06/2013
  • "Is Hume a Non-Cognitivist in the Motivation Argument? A Comment on Rachel Cohon", Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, 11/2012
     

Teaching (Saarland University)

  • B.A. Seminar: "Moralischer Sentimentalismus" (Moral Sentimentalism), Summer Term 2017
  • B.A. Seminar: "Einführung in die Rechtsphilosophie" (Introduction to the Philosophy of Law), Winter Term 2016
  • B.A. Seminar: "Einführung in die Metaethik" (Introduction to Metaethics), Summer Term 2016
  • B.A. Seminar: "Wenn zwei sich streiten: Erkenntnistheorie und Meinungsverschiedenheiten" (When Two People Quarrel: The Epistemology of Disagreement), Winter Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: "Tierethik" (Animal Ethics), Winter Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: "Theorien der Kunstinterpretation" (Theories of Art Interpretation), Summer Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: "Humes Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals" (Hume's Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals), Summer Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: "Semantik und Pragmatik: Grundpositionen in der Sprachphilosophie" (Semantics and Pragmatics: Basic Positions in the Philosophy of Language), Winter Term 2014
  • B.A. Seminar: "Kants Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten" (Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals), Winter Term 2014
  • B.A. Seminar: "Personale Identität und Ethik" (Personal Identity and Ethics), Summer Term 2014
  • B.A. Seminar: "Moralische Meinungsverschiedenheiten" (Moral Disagreements), Summer Term 2014
  • M.A. Seminar: "Probleme des Metaethischen Expressivismus" (Problems of Metaethical Expressivism), jointly taught with Oliver Petersen, Winter Term 2013
  • B.A. Seminar: "Gründe, Wünsche und Moral" (Reasons, Desires, and Morality), Winter Term 2013
  • B.A. Seminar: "David Humes Praktische Philosophie" (Hume's Practical Philosophy), Summer Term 2013
  • B.A. Seminar: "Tierethik" (Animal Ethics), jointly taught with Christian Wendelborn, Summer Term 2013
     

Conference Organization

  • Three Day Workshop on Normativity and Meaning with Mike Ridge (Edinburgh), jointly organized with Susanne Mantel, Saarbrücken, 05/2015
     

Academic Services

  • Since 05/2016: Member of the Steering Committee of the DAAD-Funded Program GradUS Global at Saarland University
  • 3 x Instructor for the "Intellectual Tool Philosophy" of the Schweizerische Studienstiftung (Swiss Study Foundation) with Yves Bossart, Susanne Boshammer, and Hans-Johann Glock, Balsthal (Switzerland), 03/2013, 02/2014, and 04/2015
  • Student Body of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, RWTH Aachen University, 2009 – 2012
  • Founder Member of the Interdisciplinary Discussion Meeting "Philosophischer Streit Club", RWTH Aachen University, 2009
     

Honors and Awards

  • "Springorum-Denkmünze" (Springorum Commemorative Coin) for Outstanding Academic Achievements in the University's Master's Program, Awarded by proRWTH! – Freunde und Förderer der RWTH Aachen e.V.
  • 2 x Dean's List, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, RWTH Aachen University, 2011 and 2012
     

Memberships

  • Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie e.V. (Society for Analytic Philosophy)
  • Hume Society
  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V. (German National Academic Foundation)