I’m an assistant professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) for theoretical philosophy at the University of Bielefeld.

Before coming to Bielefeld, I was part of the Emmy Noether Group “Experimental Philosophy and the Method of Cases – Theoretical Foundations, Responses, and Alternatives” (EXTRA) based at Ruhr-University Bochum, where I also did my Phd.

My main areas of interest lie in metaphilosophy, philosophy of language and experimental philosophy. My Phd thesis was about the foundations of conceptual engineering – the philosophical project of scrutinizing and improving our concepts – and its role in philosophical methodology.

More recently, I became interested in the interface between language and cognition. To what extent can linguistic interventions help us reason better? Can they be drivers of social change? How do we select the right words to express important concepts?

I am a member of EXTRA, of the Forum für Streitkultur, of the GAP and the Aristotelian Society. I edit the category ‘conceptual engineering‘ on philpapers. I am on philpeople, on googlescholar and on facebook. You find my University website here.


Join us online for the EXTRA.3 Conceptual Engineering Workshop at Schloss Reisensburg (July 4-6)! Updates and info here.

My talk The mind-expanding powers of conceptual engineering (with Jakob Ohlhorst) is now available on YouTube. Watch it here.


I got a BA and and an MA from Humboldt-University Berlin and an MLitt from St Andrews / Stirling. During that time, I received a scholarship from Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. As a Phd student, I spent time at the University of Cologne and at ConceptLab at the University of Oslo. My PhD supervisors were Joachim Horvath and Thomas Grundmann.

You find my CV here.

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