On this website, you can find information on my philosophical and interdisciplinary work. It enables you to read or download publications such as my prize-winning essay “The Computation of Bodily, Embodied, and Virtual Reality,” which attempts an answer to the question “What Can Corporality as a Constitutive Condition of Experience (Still) Mean in the Digital Age?” You can also access my paper on how technology is developing beyond information technology, which builds on work by Wittgenstein, Turing, and Heidegger, amongst others. You could also take a look at my paper “The Embodied Self and the Paradox of Subjectivity” or my other publications, and download them if you wish.
The main theme of my research is the interplay of consciousness, reason, and understanding in the context of computational Artificial Intelligence and the digitalization of the world. I build on insights from phenomenology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics, besides others. I often find that past philosophers offer not only profound insights on topical questions but also that the conceptual development in the history of philosophy is key to the meaning 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 frequently engage in 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 have been the leading researcher for several interdisciplinary projects, currently at the FRIAS in Freiburg and previously for the VolkswagenStiftung project Artificial Intelligence and its Integration into the World of Human Meaning and Experience, and for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project on the minimal self.
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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