Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department
Duisburg-Essen University

Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department, Duisburg-Essen University

Born in 1981, I grew up near Cologne in the middle of West Germany. I studied philosophy, cultural sciences, German literature and psycholinguistics at the University of Bremen and the University of Edinburgh. From 2008 to 2012, I have been a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum and wrote my Ph.D. thesis on "Varieties of Social Understanding" under the supervision of Prof. Albert Newen (Bochum) and Prof. Shaun Gallagher (Memphis). In my thesis, I discuss the scope and limits of the so-called 'theory of mind debate'. The heart of my thesis is a pluralistic approach to social understanding. The core ideas of this approach have been originated and established in collaboration with Prof. Max Coltheart (Sydney) during his research stay in Bochum, 2011 (see Fiebich and Coltheart 2015).

In general, my research concerns the philosophy of mind. I am interested in topics including social understanding, self-consciousness, and collective intentionality from perspectives of analytic philosophy as well as phenomenology. My work is highly inspired by empirical evidences from developmental psychology, cultural sciences, and neurosciences.

Since October 2015, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Philosophy Department of the Essen-Duisburg University, working with Prof. Neil Roughley and his research group on social cognition in joint action, i.e. interactions involving a shared intention. This project is kindly supported by the Humboldt Foundation. It benefits from the achievements of a previous Feodor-Lynen Fellowship on the implications of a pluralistic account of social cognition in interactive contexts that I have conducted in collaboration with Prof. Shaun Gallagher (Memphis) and Prof. Dan Hutto (Wollongong).



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Tutorials at University of Bremen, Germany:

    Introduction to German Linguistics and Introduction to Argumentation Theory

Seminars at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany:

2010Theories of Self-Consciousness
2012Intention and Action
2013Social Ontology, Phenomenological Conceptions of Intersubjectivity, Understanding Other Minds
2014Collective Intentionality, Introduction to Action Theory