Current Collaborators and Associates (2012–2015)




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Dr. Julian Bauer, P4

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Julian Bauer is a postdoctoral fellow in the DFG Research Unit "What If?". His interests include History of Science, Intellectual History, Visual and Media Studies.
Website: http://www.geschichte.uni-konstanz.de/professuren/prof-dr-bernhard-kleeberg/mitarbeiterinnen/dr-des-julian-bauer/


PD Dr. Daniel Dohrn, P3

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Daniel Dohrn is a research fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Kant in 2001 and his habilitation on Descartes in 2006. Currently, his main interests are the metaphysics and epistemology of the modalities.
Website: https://www.philosophie.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrbereiche/idealismus/forschung/Epistemologie

Florian Ernst, M.A., P4

Florian Ernst is a research associate and a Ph.D. student at the AG Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kleeberg, Juniorprofessor for the History of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Konstanz. His main interests are the history of science and the history of knowledge (focusing on the time around 1900).
Website: http://www.geschichte.uni-konstanz.de/professuren/prof-dr-bernhard-kleeberg/mitarbeiterinnen/florian-daniel-ernst-ma/


Dr. Natasha Grigorian, P6

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Natasha Grigorian is a postdoctoral fellow in the DFG Research Unit "What If?", based at the University of Bochum. To explore thought experiments in literary fiction, she is writing a monograph on responses to Thomas Malthus’s theory of population in Russian literature (19th and 20th centuries). In her wider research, Natasha Grigorian focuses on late 19th- and early 20th-century European literature and visual art, especially in Russia, France, and Germany. She is the author of a recent monograph, European Symbolism: In Search of Myth (1860-1910) (Peter Lang, 2009) and has also co-edited a collective volume, Text and Image in Modern European Culture (Purdue University Press, 2012).
Website: http://www.slavistik.rub.de/index.php?grigorian


Maximilian Huber, M.Litt., P5

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Maximilian Huber is a research assistant at SNSF and Ph.D. student of Marcel Weber's. He currently tries to gain a better understanding of biological modality and modalities, respectively.
Website: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/collaborateurs/corps-intermediaire/doctorants/maximilian-huber/

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kleeberg, Principal Investigator, P4

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Bernhard Kleeberg is Juniorprofessor for the History of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Konstanz. His research currently focuses on the history of social psychology and the historical epistemology and praxeology of truth.
Website: http://www.geschichte.uni-konstanz.de/professuren/prof-dr-bernhard-kleeberg/

Dr. Brian Leahy, P2

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Brian Leahy completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a concentration in linguistics. Since then he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the "What If?" unit. His work is deeply interdisciplinary; he has published in linguistics and philosophy venues and collaborates with developmental psychologists.
Website: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/leahy/


PD Dr. Arthur Merin, P1

Arthur Merin has degrees in anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology from the Universities of Cambridge, Stuttgart, and Sussex. His systematic research interests include the theories of meaning, knowledge, and action, in particular algebraic, probabilistic, and decision-theoretic semantics; the mathematics of the emotions, of poetics and of rhetoric; the methodology of philosophy, of the economic and cognitive sciences, of engineering, and of architectural design. Historical research interest include topics in the philosophy of Aristotle, classical rhetoric, European philosophy of the 17th and 18th century, pragmatism as understood by C.S. Peirce, the philosophical work of F.P. Ramsey, the development up to the present philosophy in the tradition of Frege and Russell and its relations to the broadly Neo-Romantic tradition of thought.


http://www.uni-konstanz.de/philosophie/index.php?article_id=361Prof. Dr. Riccardo Nicolosi, Principal Investigator, P6

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Riccardo Nicolosi is Professor of Slavic Literatures at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. His main research interests are focused on Russian and South Slavic Literatures and Cultures, Literature and Science, Rhetoric. His project in the research unit "What If?" explores the connection between scientific thought experiments and literary fiction.
Website: http://www.slavistik.uni-muenchen.de/personen/professoren/nicolosi/index.html


Prof. Dr. Maribel Romero, Principal Investigator, P2

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Maribel Romero is  Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her research areas are formal semantics (questions, intensionality, degrees), the pragmatics-semantics interface (epistemic bias) and the syntax-semantics interface (quantification, ellipsis). Her project in the research unit "What if?" investigates the compositional semantics and pragmatic implicatures of counterfactual conditionals.
Website: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/romero/index.html 


Prof. Dr. Tobias Rosefeldt, Principal Investigator, P3

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Tobias Rosefeldt is Professor of Classical German Philosophy at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Historically, his interests are focused on Kant's theoretical philosophy (esp. self-consciousness, transcendental idealism), early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes), early German Idealism. Systematically, he is interested in philosophy of language, metaphysics (esp. existence and existence claims) and meta-metaphysics.
Website: https://www.philosophie.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrbereiche/idealismus/mitarbeiter1/rosefeldt


Guillaume Schlaepfer, M.A., P5

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Guillaume Schlaepfer is an FNS doctoral candidate in the department of philosophy, University of Geneva. He is interested in modal knowledge and the way in which thought experiments and scientific modeling relates to knowledge of possibility or plausibility of particular statements. His field of investigation is the philosophy of biology and he is particularly interested in evolutionary biology and population genetics.
Website: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/collaborateurs/corps-intermediaire/doctorants/guillaume-schlaepfer/

Vera Shibanova, M.A., P6

Vera Shibanova studied German, English, and Russian at Udmurt State University in her hometown of Izhevsk, Russia. After her relocation to Germany in 2003 she continued her studies at the University of Konstanz in history, Slavic studies and cultural studies. She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis on the history of Soviet child studies (pedology) at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. As a part of her project she investigates thought experiments in pedological works. Vera’s areas of interests are modern Russian and Soviet history, history of (social) sciences, literature and science, Russian formalism and gender studies.
Website: http://www.slavistik.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/shibanova/index.html

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn, Principal Investigator, P1

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Wolfgang Spohn holds a chair for Philosophy and Philosophy of Science at the University of Konstanz since 1996. His interests are epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics and ontology, philosophical logics, and decision and game theory.
Website: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/philosophie/index.php?article_id=25&clang=0


Andreas Walker, M.A., P2

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Andreas Walker is a Ph.D. student in P2, the linguistic part of "What If?". His research interests include donkey sentences, counterfactuals and presuppositions.
Website: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/walker/


Prof. Dr. Marcel Weber, Principal Investigator, P5

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Marcel Weber holds a chair for the philosophy of science at Université de Genève. His areas of interest are philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, epistemology and philosophy of mind.
Website: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/collaborateurs/professeurs/marcel-weber/

Associates: Thumbnail Biographies

Dr. Brendan Balcerak Jackson, Associate

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Brendan Balcerak Jackson is a Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, and co-director of the Emmy Noether research group "Understanding and the A Priori", funded by the DFG and jointly hosted by the Zukunftskolleg and the Philosophy Department. His main areas of research are the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology, and he also has interests in the philosophy of mind, the history of analytic philosophy and logic. He has a strong background in linguistics, and much of his work is informed by research in generative syntax, semantics and pragmatics. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2006.
Website: http://www.bbalcerakjackson.net/


Dr. Magdalena Balcerak Jackson, Associate

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Magdalena Balcerak Jackson is Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz. She works on a project on "Imagination and Reasoning" and co-directs the Emmy-Noether Research Group "Understanding and the A Priori". Her main areas of research are epistemology, philosophy of mind and meta-philosophy, but she is also interested in philosophy of language and philosophy of science.
Website: www.mbalcerakjackson.net


Prof. Dr. María Biezma, Associate

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María Biezma is a Junior Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her main research focus is on formal pragmatics and semantics. Her upcoming project in the "What if?" unit investigates the interaction between conventional meaning and discourse.
Website: mariabiezma.com


Dr. Michael De, Associate
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Michael De is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the University of Konstanz in the Ltd Indeterminism project, which works closely with the Real Possibilities project. His research interests lie mainly in logic and metaphysics. He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews where he was a member of the Arché Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology.
Website: http://michaelde.com/


Dr. Filippo Domaneschi, Associate

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Filippo Domaneschi is a post-doc researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz. He has been visiting researcher at the University College London (UK), lecturer at the University of Genoa (Italy) and visiting lecturer at the Malmö University (Sweden). His works in formal and experimental semantics and pragmatics concern polar questions, presuppositions/implicatures, certainty/uncertainty markers, figurative language, dynamic semantics and the problem of the context dependence. He is author of the book Introduction to pragmatics (eng. tr.; Carocci 2014), editor of Presuppositions: philosophy, linguistics and psychology (Topoi special issue, 2014) and co-editor of the anthology What is said and what is not (CSLI Stanford). He is currently writing a book on the cognitive processes involved in understanding presuppositions.
Website: http://filippodomaneschi.wordpress.com


Dr. Amaia Garcia-Odon, Associate

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Amaia Garcia-Odon completed her PhD at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2012 with a thesis on presupposition projection and conditionalization. After that, she was granted a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Basque Goverment (Spain). Her research interests include the areas of Semantics/Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology and Metaphysics. Her current research investigates the context-sensitivity of counterfactuals


Arno Goebel, M.A., Associate

Arno Goebel is a Ph.D. student at the University of Konstanz under the supervision of Wolfgang Spohn. He is working on the semantics and pragmatics of epistemic conditionals in dynamic and probabilistic frameworks. His research mainly focuses on questions in philosophy of language and formal epistemology. He is supported by a scholarship from the Villigst foundation.

Romy Jaster, M.A., Associate

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Romy Jaster is a PhD student at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her main research interest is the modality of abilities. She is also interested in epistemic contextualism and issues surrounding the notion of free will.
Website: https://hu-berlin.academia.edu/romyjaster

Dr. Thomas Kroedel, Associate

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Thomas Kroedel is a lecturer in philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests include epistemology,especially the epistemology of counterfactuals and modality, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.
Website: https://www.philosophie.huberlin.de/institut/lehrbereiche/idealismus/mitarbeiter1/ 


Dr. Julia Langkau, Associate

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Julia Langkau is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the Zukunftskolleg. Until 2012, she was a PhD student at the Arché Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology, University of St Andrews (Scotland). Her main research areas are epistemology, philosophical methodology and philosophy of mind. She is currently working on a project titled Emotions and Fiction.
Website: https://www.zukunftskolleg.uni-konstanz.de/people/personen-details/langkau-julia-2273/6338/2415/


Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller, Associate

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Thomas Müller joined the department of philosophy at  the University of Konstanz as a professor of theoretical philosophy in 2013. His main research areas are metaphysics, logic and philosophy of science. Currently his research focuses on modality, especially on the role of possibilities in the sciences and in the agency/free will debate.
Website: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/philosophie/index.php?article_id=361


Dr. Niels Skovgaard Olsen, Associate

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Niels Skovgaard Olsen submitted a Ph.D. dissertation in philosophy on conditionals and psychology of reasoning in July 2014, which had a strong interdisciplinary outline. Now he is working on a post doc project on conditionals as part of "New Frameworks of Rationality" and is doing a second PhD in psychology at the university of Freiburg.
Website: http://uni-konstanz.academia.edu/NielsSkovgaardOlsen


Dr. Doris Penka, Associate

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Doris Penka is a Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz. Her research areas are formal semantics, formal pragmatics and the syntax/semantics-interface. She's also interested in philosophy of language.
Website: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/penka/


Dr. Eva Rafetseder, Associate


Eva Rafetseder joined the DFG Research Unit "What If?" in 2013 and is a Lecturer in Child Development at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She holds a PhD (University of Salzburg) in how counterfactual reasoning develops in children (specifically how it can be distinguished from other kinds of reasoning and how it is interlinked with complex counterfactual emotions, such as regret and relief). Recent projects have extended her research into the area of children’s understanding of normativity, theory of mind, perspective taking, scientific reasoning, and causality.
Website: http://rms.stir.ac.uk/converis-stirling/person/22478


Antje Rumberg, M.A., Associate

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Antje Rumberg is a PhD student in Thomas Müller's planned research project "What is really possible? Philosophical explorations into branching-history based real modality". Her main reasearch interests include the logic and metaphysics of historical and natural modalities.
Website: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/philosophie/index.php?article_id=362&clang=0


Prof. Dr. Paul Ziche, Associate 

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Paul Ziche holds a chair for the history of modern philosophy at Utrecht University, and is also affiliated with Utrecht's "Descartes Centre for the history and philosophy of the sciences and humanities". His research focuses again and again on issues concerning the relationship between philosophy and the (other) sciences in the period between the 18th century and today.
Website: http://www.uu.nl/hum/staff/PGZiche.


Dr. Alexandra Zinke, Associate

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Alexandra Zinke is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Konstanz. Her main interests are philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology.
Website: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/philosophie/index.php?article_id=373&clang=0