Joachim Horvath (PI)
I am Assistant Professor (in German: “Junior-Professor”) at the Department of Philosophy II of Ruhr University Bochum, and I am also the principal investigator of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Experimental Philosophy and the Method of Cases (EXTRA).
My main areas of research are epistemology, metaphilosophy, and experimental philosophy. In addition, I have strong interests in the philosophies of mind and language, metaphysics, and metaethics.
Alex Wiegmann (PostDoc)
I am the postdoc of the group and I am leading the empirical part of our project. I studied philosophy, psychology, and religious science at the University of Göttingen and got my MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London, UK. Back in Göttingen, I did my PhD in moral psychology and developed a causal model of transfer effects between moral dilemmas. Afterwards, my main interest changed to philosophical topics that can be informed by empirical research, i.e. experimental philosophy. Currently, my research focuses on the concept of lying, which is also the topic of my recently started PhD in philosophy.
You find my CV here.
Steffen Koch (PhD-Student)
I’m the PhD student of the group. I got a BA and an MA from Humboldt-University Berlin and an MLitt from St Andrews / Stirling. My main areas of interest lie in philosophical methodology, philosophy of language, and theories of concepts; but I’m also interested in a number of other philosophical disciplines such as epistemology. My current PhD thesis is about conceptual engineering and its role in philosophical methodology. Among other things, I investigate the metasemantic foundations of conceptual change, the challenges which conceptual engineering poses on a theory of concepts and of linguistic meaning, and the actual feasibility of implementing conceptual change. In February and March 2019 I visited ConceptLab in Oslo, which is also one of our partner groups.
Edouard Machery (Mercator Fellow)
University of Pittsburgh
I am a philosopher of science, working primarily on the philosophical issues raised by cognitive science and neuroscience. I am also doing empirical research on moral psychology, semantics, and folk epistemology, often with a cross-cultural focus.
Michael Vollmer (Research Assistant)
Research Interests: Logic & Philosophy of Logic; (Social) Epistemology; Metaphilosophy
Tetiana Adler (Project Administration)
Research Interests: Semiotics, Semantics & Pragmatics, Social Cognition