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On this website I offer you information on some of my projects, such as my current 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 my publications and see if you would like to download some.

I believe that the interdisciplinary and “systematic” study of the mind needs to be amended with a “historical” or genealogical study of the concepts involved.  Not only offer philosophers of earlier centuries arguments and distinct views on the meaning of relatively such as “consciousness” and “self.” Furthermore, understanding their views reveals the foundations of today's concepts. Recurring topics in my teaching of the history of philosophy are ancient Greek philosophy, Early Modern philosophy, Kant, and 19ᵗʰ and 20ᵗʰ century philosophy.

Some visitors have found it helpful that this website gives easy access to 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 then trace back that distinction to what Edmund Husserl calls the “mathematization of culture.” 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 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.