I’m an assistant professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) for theoretical philosophy at the University of Bielefeld. Before that, I was a doctoral student in the EXTRA group at Ruhr University Bochum, where I defended my Ph.D. thesis in June 2021.

A lot of my research revolves around descriptive as well as normative aspects of language. Why do words have the meanings they do? Would it sometimes be better if they had different meanings? If so, what can we do to change their meanings? To answer these questions, I employ typical philosophical as well as experimental methods.

I am a member of the Conceptual Engineering Network, 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.

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Paper: “Recent Work in the Theory of Conceptual Engineering” (with Guido Löhr and Mark Pinder) was accepted for publication in Analysis.

Paper: “The Anti-Conceptual Engineering Argument and the Problem of Implementation” was accepted for publication in American Philosophical Quarterly.

Paper: “Folk intuitions about reference change and the causal theory of reference (with A. Wiegmann) just appeared in Ergo (open access).


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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