Short CV/Education and training

  • 2001 – 2011
    Research associate and later assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 2003
    Doctorate and 2010 Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in philosophy at the University of Tübingen

  • 2007 – 2008
    Feodor Lynen Fellowship, first at the Centre of Affective Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland, and then at the Collège de France and at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris, France

  • 2010 – 2012
    Visiting and acting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • Since 2012
    Chair in scientific theory and the philosophy of technology and director of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart

Selected publications

  • Musils Meta-Philosophical View in Between Philosophical Naturalism and Philosophy as Literature, erscheint in: The Monist 2014.

  • Robots as Moral Agents, in: Roboethics, Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Ethics of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan, hg. von F. Roevekamp, Iudicum: München 2013, S. 30-42.

  • Der neue Moralismus: Begriffe – Thesen – Argumente, erscheint in: Gut und schön? Die Debatte um den Moralismus am Beispiel Dostoevskijs, hg. S. Döring, C. Misselhorn, S. Schahadat und I. Wutsdorff 2013.

  • Künstliche Intelligenz in der Philosophie, Südwestpresse Ulm, Rubrik Wissen, 8. Juni 2013, S. 52.

  • Empathy with Inanimate Objects and the Uncanny Valley, in: Minds and Machines 19 (2009), S. 345-59. DOI 10.1007/S11023-009-9158-2

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Project on the ethical appraisal of systems for increasing efficiency and assistance in production processes within the framework of the motionEAP project (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWI))

  • "Simulating Collective Agency and Decision Processes" project as part of the University of Stuttgart Excellence Cluster SimTech (=Simulation Technologies)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of the European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)

  • Member of the advisory board to the German Society for Aesthetics

  • Member of the selection committee for the German National Academic Foundation and reviewer for doctoral fellowships

  • Member of the Excellence Cluster SimTech (Simulation Technologies) and the University of Stuttgart research association on linguistics and cognition

Media coverage

  • In the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Südwestpresse, Süddeutsche Zeitung


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