• About ME


    I am a philosopher working mainly in political philosophy and moral philosophy broadly construed (incl. moral psychology, applied ethics and metaethics). I am also interested in argumentation theory and social epistemology. My dissertation at Tübingen University was on genealogical debunking arguments in moral philosophy and was funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). My work in political philosophy has focused on tolerance and punishment.


    I hold a 'Magister' in Philosophy and Politics from Tübingen University and an MPhil in Philosophy from Cambridge University (Queens' College). I also spent two terms at Sciences Po Paris and later again some more time in Cambridge as a visiting PhD student.


    Since 2018, I am postdoc at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, working on the ethics of surveillance.



    • A conference on the ethics of state mass surveillance is taking place in April in Karlsruhe. Check it out here.
    • On occasion of this conference, 'Moral Philosophy and Politics' is going to publish a special issue on this topic, with me serving as the guest editor. The CfP can be found here. The deadline in June 30th 2019.


  • Research


    • forthcoming (invited submission), "Paradoxes of Toleration", in M. Sardoč (ed.): Palgrave Handbook of Toleration.
    • forthcoming, “The Simplicity of Tolerance”, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy.
    • 2018, "On the normative insignificance of neuroscience and dual-process theory", Neuroethics (11), pp. 195-209.
      postprint (pdf)
    • 2018, “Evolutionary Skepticism about Morality and Prudential Normativity”, Philosophia (46), pp. 911-928. postprint (pdf)
    • 2016, “Die Idee der Toleranz”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (70), pp. 424-448. postprint (pdf)
    • 2013, „Was Toleranz ist, was sie nicht ist, und wie man sie nicht rechtfertigen kann“, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (67), pp. 473-490. postprint (pdf)
    • 2013, „The expressivist account of punishment, retribution, and the emotions”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (16), pp. 1029-1047. philpapers
    • 2012, “Patriotism. A Case Study in the Philosophy of Emotions”, in Grazer Philosophische Studien (85), pp. 299-309.

    Sadly, I have not published on the healing power of coconuts.

    Current projects

    • The Ethics and Politics of Mass Surveillance
    • Monograph on Debunking Arguments
    • 'Does the Darwinian Dilemma vindicate constructivism?'
    • 'What is the Purpose of Political Philosophy?'
    • 'On arguments from morally irrelevant factors'

    Drafts are available upon request. Titles of papers under review have been altered to allow blind reviewing.

  • Teaching

    Courses taught

    • „John Rawls: A Theory of Justice“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • „Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia“ (Tübingen, 2015/16, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • „Introduction to Political Philosophy – Contemporary Democratic Theory“ (Tübingen, 2015, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • “Theories of Toleration: From Early Modern Times to the Present” (Tübingen, 2014, undergraduate level) I syllabus
    • „Debunking Arguments in Ethics“ (Tübingen, 2013/14, graduate level, jointly with Sabine Döring) I syllabus

    Here's my guideline on philosophical essay writing (in German).