University of Cologne

Philosophy Department

Room 3.B02

Aachener Straße 217

50931 Cologne


P +49-221-470-1421 

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Welcome! I am a philosopher and principal investigator in a research project that is concerned with the philosophical foundations of complexity economics, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and hosted by the Philosophy Department of the University of Cologne. Previously, I had been a temporary full professor for two semesters at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz and for three semesters at University College Freiburg. From 2013 to 2018 I had been assistant professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz, where I received a venia legendi for philosophy (or Habilitation) in 2017.

I hold degrees in economics and philosophy: a Licence (BSc) in economics from the University of Toulouse 1 (2000), an MA in philosophy and economics (2001) and a PhD in philosophy (2009) from the University of Heidelberg. I was a teaching and research fellow at the Economics and Philosophy Departments of the University of Heidelberg (2009-2011), a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011-2013), and a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh (2016, fall term).

I conduct research in the epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics (more generally: the philosophy) of science and at the interface of economic methodology, political economy, and political philosophy. I have also published extensively on the history of philosophy.

For a first impression of my research, check out this video on macroeconomics, this recording of a lecture on scientific models, this blog contribution on monetary policy (in German), or this blog contribution on authenticity (in German).

For a second impression, click on my research page (with links to written work).

On this website you will also find a cv, a list of talks and courses (with links to syllabi), and information about events that I recently organized.