[February 8, 2021] A new paper co-authored with Job de Grefte has been accepted for publication by Ratio. We use an interventionist framework and formulate a new notion of lucky causation which we argue can be used to revive Goldman’s causal theory of knowledge by overcoming the threat posed by environmental luck. Here is a draft version of the paper.
[October 1, 2020] I am really excited about starting a new position at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) today. I will be Principal Investigator of the DFG (German Research Foundation) funded research project Interventions and Mechanistic Hierarchies. I am very much looking forward to a great time with many new amazing colleagues at a terrific research institution.
[September 18, 2020] I wrote a paper together with Markus I. Eronen on quantifying proportionality and on what one can learn from it about the autonomy of higher-level causes and explanations. It has now been accepted for publication in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. If you are interested, you can access a draft version here.
[July 23, 2020] My paper on Christian List’s account of free will as a higher-level phenomenon has been accepted for publication in Thought: A Journal of Philosophy. Check out the draft here. Also, the other paper on free will from a causal modeling perspective together with Maria Sekatskaya and Gerhard Schurz is now out in Erkenntnis. You can find it here.
[May 17, 2020] My paper co-authored with Maria Sekatskaya and Gerhard Schurz on free will, control, the possibility to do otherwise from a causal modeling perspective is now forthcoming in Erkenntnis. Check out the draft here.
[March 29, 2020] The German Research Foundation (DFG) decided to fund my research project on the theoretical foundation of inter-level experiments in mechanistic systems. It is a three years project and will start at the MCMP in October. I am really excited about it.
[December 9, 2019] The CfP for the next SOPhiA conference for young analytic philosophers is out (click here)! The next SOPhiA will take place from 2 to 4 September, 2020 in Salzburg (as every year). This time the plenary talks will be given by:
– Marian David (University of Graz)
– Leah Henderson (University of Groningen)
– Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
Please spread the word and if you are a philosophy (BA, MA, or PhD) student, consider submitting a proposal for a talk.
[August 12, 2019] Florian Fischer and I have a new paper on analysing dispositions within an interventionist framework forthcoming in Synthese. We compare the approach with classical conditional analyses and discuss new solutions to problems posed by masks, mimickers, and finks. You can find the draft here.
[July 11, 2019] My paper on fleshing out Stuart Glennan’s mechanistic account of higher-level causation in terms of lower-level causation and constitution and causal Bayes nets has been accepted for publication in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Check out the draft here.
[May 12, 2019] New paper on analogical reasoning within the Bayesian framework accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Check out the draft version here.
[April 21, 2019] New paper on establishing backward causation on empirical grounds accepted for publication in Thought: A Journal of Philosophy. Check out the final version here or the draft version here.
[January 29, 2019] The call for papers for SOPhiA 2019 is out. The tenth SOPhiA graduate conference will be held September 18-20, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. This year’s plenary speakers are Hilary Greaves, Philip Kitcher, and Hannes Leitgeb. There will also be a best paper award. For details, check out the conference’s website.
[November 1, 2018] New paper on how to handle counterexamples to the causal Markov condition such as Cartwright’s chemical factory published in Synthese. The paper is co-authored with Nina Retzlaff. Check out the draft version here or the final version here.
[October 31, 2018] Going to PSA 2018!
[October 20, 2018] New paper co-authored with Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla on modeling creative abduction available as advance online publication in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science. Check it out here. You find the draft version here.
[September 10, 2018] In October I will start a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Looking forward to a great time at a terrific research institution.
[June 8, 2018] A new paper on hybrid models of mechanisms which combine causal Bayes nets and cellular automata I wrote together with Daniel Koch has been accepted for publication in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science — hurray! A draft version of the paper is available here.
[April 25, 2018] I’m giving a talk on Stuart Glennan’s mechanistic account of higher-level causation at the MCMP today. The idea is to reconstruct the account in terms of causal Bayes nets in order to identify several assumptions one has to make to get Stuart’s analysis working.
[December 10, 2017] The call for papers for SOPhiA 2018 is out. The conference will be held September 12-14, 2018 in the beatiful city of Salzburg. Our plenary speakers for 2018 are Elisa Aatola, Helen Beebee, and Wolfgang Künne. There will also be a couple of affiliated workshops on various topics within analytic philosophy. For details about SOPhiA 2018 and how to submit, check out our website.
[October 15, 2017] I have edited a special issue of the Journal for General Philosophy of Science together with Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla and Gerhard Schurz featuring selected papers of the second international conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science 2016 (GWP.2016). It has recently been published. Here is the link to the special issue.
[October 7, 2017] My paper on modeling the causal exclusion problem and some consequences for the exclusion debate within interventionism in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research is out. Check it out here. You find a draft version of the paper here.
[September 9, 2017] I wrote a paper together with Daniel Koch and Robert Eisinger in which we develop a causal Bayesian model of disease progression mechanisms in CML. So happy that it has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Check it out here. Klick here for a draft version.
[June 28, 2017] The report on the GWP.2016 conference I wrote together with Alexander Christian and Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla has finally been published. Check it out here. A draft can be found here.
[June 16, 2017] I am organizing a workshop on challenges for theories of causation (such as mental or negative causation) together with David Hommen and Gerhard Schurz. It will take place on July 6-7. Click here for details.
[February 8, 2017] I received the Best Ph.D. Thesis Prize from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Duesseldorf. Klick here for details. A reworked version of my thesis has just been published in the Synthese Library book series (Springer). You find it here.
[February 4, 2017] The CfP for this year’s SOPhiA graduate conference (September 13-15, Salzburg) is out. We are looking forward to welcome Johannes Brandl, Christian List, Michela Massimi, and Stathis Psillos as this year’s plenary speakers. Click here for more infos about SOPhiA 2017 and the CfP.
[January 11, 2017] My book Causal nets, interventionism, and mechanisms: Philosophical foundations and applications in Synthese Library (Springer) has been published. Check it out here. A draft version is available here.
[December 9, 2016] Our research unit on inductive metaphysics (FOR 2495) has been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The research unit consists of seven subprojects which will start in 2017.
[November 29, 2016] I wrote a report with Alexander Christian and Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla about the GWP.2016 conference in JGPS. It is available as an advance online publication here. You find a draft version here.
[November 16, 2016] My paper together with Gerhard Schurz on modelling mechanistic hierarchies involving causal loops in Philosophy of Science has been published. You can download it here. A draft version of the paper is available here.
[November 15, 2016] I am, together with Peter Broessel and Markus Werning, organizing a celebratory colloquium on the occasion of Gerhard Schurz’ 60th birthday. It will take place on December 1–3 at the University of Duesseldorf. There will be a number of terrific talks. Klick here for details.
[November 1, 2016] My paper on constitutive relevance discovery on the basis of causal search algorithms in Philosophical Studies is now available as an advance online publication. Check it out here. A draft version of the paper can be found here.