Peter Brössel — PI
Peter’s research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of cognition. In epistemology, his research centers on theories of rational reasoning and perception, and the relationship between reasons, epistemic rationality, and epistemic normativity. He also has a research focus on social epistemology, especially, peer disagreement and testimony. Peter’s research in the philosophy of science focuses on theories of confirmation, causation and explanatory and systematic power. In the philosophy of cognition, he is interested in theories of representation and, especially, the interface between perception, language, and belief. One particular aim of his research in cognitive science is to bring together traditional topics in epistemology and philosophy of science with recent approaches in cognitive science. (Here you can find more information about him.)
Corina Strößner — Postdoctoral Researcher
Corina‘s research interests are in philosophy of cognition and language, logic, formal epistemology, and the generalized theory of evolution. The questions that guide her research are about the rationality of concepts: Why are some concepts more salient for our cognition? What makes categorizations efficient in reasoning? How does conceptual change and conceptual learning interact with beliefs and belief revision? Her approach is largely interdisciplinary and takes into account insights from linguistics and psychology as well as formal methods from logic.
Matías Osta-Vélez — Postdoctoral Researcher
Matías’ work is focused on foundations of cognitive science, philosophy of logic and language, and general philosophy of science. In particular, he researches about formal theories of concepts (Conceptual Spaces), theories of reasoning (dual process and modular approaches), Inferentialism in logic and language, and conceptual change and rationality in science. More information about his work can be found here.
Matteo De Benedetto — Postdoctoral Researcher
Matteo’s research focuses on conceptual change, broadly understood as the many philosophically interesting ways in which our concepts change. His research interests encompass general philosophy of science (Structuralism, Theory-Choice), Philosophy of Mathematics (Lakatos, Kreisel), Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Conceptual Spaces), History of Analytic Philosophy (Carnap, Waismann, Lakatos), History of Science (History of Computation: Turing, Post), Logic (Recursion Theory, Belief Revision), Epistemology (Evolutionary Epistemology), and Metaphilosophy (Philosophical Methodologies, Philosophical Progress).
Eline Kuipers — PhD Student
Eline’s research interests lie within philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science. Her current research focuses on the role of sensorimotor mental representations in perception, action, and cognition. Other topics of interest are attention, intention, consciousness, social cognition, and the interpretation of neuroscientific data. Eline is also a member of the RTG Situated Cognition located at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Her thesis is supervised by Peter Brössel (RUB).
Lea Franz — Master Student
Lea’s main interests lie in cognitive science, epistemology, and philosophy of science. Interdisciplinary approaches motivated her pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics and now a master’s degree in Cognitive Science. She is especially interested in neuroeconomics, rationality and decision making, and feminist neuroscience.
Anna-Maria Asunta Eder (University of Cologne)
Anna-Maria’s research focuses on topics in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and metaphilosophy. In epistemology she works at the intersection of social, traditional, and formal epistemology. Her research encompasses epistemic disagreement, epistemic normativity, theories of justification, of evidential support, and of higher-order evidence, and the relationship between logic and reasoning. In the philosophy of science her research centers on the aims of inquiry, the relationship between confirmation and rational belief, and between explanation and understanding. In metaphilosophy she is mainly interested in methods of conceptual clarification and conceptual engineering, and on the role of formal methods in philosophy. (Here you can find more information about her.)
Nina Poth — Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina‘s research focuses on issues in philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of cognitive science. In philosophy of mind and epistemology, she is working on the relation between similarity and concepts as well as their role for perceptual learning and reasoning. In philosophy of cognitive science, her work centres on the evaluation of scientific strategies to explain such cognitive phenomena. (Here you can find more information about her.)
Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University) — Mercator Research Fellow and Visiting Professor of the Group
Peter has written groundbreaking work in such diverse areas as artificial intelligence, biology, cognitive science, economics, epistemology (and philosophy of science), and linguistics. Especially noteworthy are his contributions to AGM-belief revision (the ‘G’ in ‘AGM’ stands for ‘Gärdenfors’), decision theory, concept formation, semantics, evolution of cognition. He is certainly one of the most important cognitive scientist working on concept formation and conceptual thought. His books The Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces and Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought are milestones in cognitive science and philosophy and they are central to the entire project. Peter Gärdenfors will visit the group as a Mercator Fellow and visiting professor every year. (Here one can find more information about him.)
Luca Moretti (University of Aberdeen)
Former Members and Recurrent Visitors
Insa Lawler (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Insa’s research interests are in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and formal semantics. In epistemology, she focuses on understanding and knowledge-wh. In the philosophy of science, she works on explanations, idealized models, simulations, and statistical tools, but she also has a growing interest in the philosophy of cognitive science. In formal semantics, she is concerned with multi-modal semantic content as well as non-declarative sentences. (Here you can find more information about her.)
Thomas Raleigh (University of Luxembourg)
Thomas’s research is primarily in Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind, though he also has active research interests in Early Analytic Philosophy (Wittgenstein & Russell) and in Metaphysics. In Epistemology, his current research is focused on rational norms for belief, on evidence and higher-order evidence, on disagreement and on suspending judgement. In Philosophy of Mind, he is interested in perceptual experience, phenomenal properties and concepts, and in the nature of mental representation. One central question for his work then, which straddles epistemology and philosophy of mind, is how the phenomenal character of experience can justify or rationalise our judgements and beliefs. (You can download some of his research here and here.)
Filippo Vindrola — PhD Student
Filippo’s research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of science and cognitive science. In epistemology, his current research focuses on normativity, rationality, and rational relations between perceptual experience and belief. In philosophy of science, he is interested in explanation and empirically-informed models of perception and cognition. His thesis is supervised by Peter Brössel (Bochum) and Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh).
Matthis Hesse — M.Sc. Student
Matthis’ main interests are in cognitive science and logic. Holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he is now in the second master-semester of cognitive science. His fascination for theoretical mathematics and the idea to apply mathematical methodology to understand cognition drive his studies. He therefore focuses on mathematical and computational modelling of cognitive systems, artificial intelligence, logic (esp. non-monotonic reasoning), formal epistemology and rational reasoning.