11/2019 Stefan Fischer and I are organizing a Workshop on Moral Terms, Slurs, and Hybrid Expressivism with David Copp (UC Davies) at the University of Konstanz. 

11/2019  Paper has been accepted

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Universität Konstanz

Fachbereich Philosophie

Postfach 9

78457 Konstanz


Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Philosophie

Habelschwerdter Allee 30

14195 Berlin


Workshops / Conferences


08/2022 Art, Knowledge, and Art-Mediation. Interdisciplinary Conference, documenta 15, Kassell (with Jelena Toopeekoff).

Is art conducive to our epistemic goals (truth, knowledge, understanding) and if so, how? These questions and different answers to them are widely discussed in philosophical aesthetics. However, too little attention is paid in these discussions to the fact that different responses to the questions have different practical consequences for the cultural practices of art-education, art-mediation and curating. The conference will give philosophers, art-educators and curators the opportunity for a scientific exchange with regard to the topic "art and knowledge." The choice of venue is also due to this objective. documenta  takes place every five years in Kassell, Germany, and is one of the largest and most renowned international exhibitions of contemporary art. In addition to the attempt to provide a representative exhibition with regard to new developments in contemporary art, documenta traditionally also focuses on innovative approaches with respect to exhibition-formats and art-mediation. It, therefore, offers the ideal context for interdisciplinary collaborations between the disciplines relevant to the topic of our conference.


Art Mediation:

Ayşe Güleç (Activist, documenta 2022)

Tyuki Imamura (Philosopher, Curatorial Assistant, documenta 2022)

Gila Kolb (Art Mediator, Bern University of the Arts/Schwyz University of Teacher Education)

Nora Sternfeld (Curator, Art Mediator, HFBK Hamburg)


ruangrupa (Art Collective, Artistic Directors, documenta 2022)



Jochen Briesen (Heisenberg-Fellow, University of Konstanz/FU Berlin)

Adriana Clavel Vazquez (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford)

Nicola Mößner (Guest Professor, University of Stuttgart)

Nils-Hennes Stear (Humboldt-Fellow, University of Hamburg)

Jelena Toopeekoff (Philosopher, Art Mediator, documenta 2022)

More information coming soon....

Supported by: German Research Foundation (DFG), Thyssen Foundation


Contact: jochen[dot]briesen[at]uni-konstanz[dot]de


10/2022 Aesthetic Testimony – Systematic and historical perspectives. Conference, University of Konstanz (with Achim Vesper).

Both in science and every day life testimonial knowledge is natural and widespread. However, there are certain domains in which testimony is usually not considered a possible source of knowledge. For example, many philosophers agree that our beliefs about aesthetic matters are only justified if they are based on our own first-personal experiences with the object in question. The conference is centered around the following questions: What speaks in favor and what against aesthetic testimony?  Why is it harder to acquire testimonial knowledge in the aesthetic domain than in other areas? Are there further areas for which testimonial knowledge is hard to acquire and if so, why? The conference will consider these issues form both a systematic and a historical perspective. The questions are interesting because various answers to them have far reaching consequences for core topics in aesthetics. Thus, considering testimony in aesthetics is conducive to a better understanding of the semantics of aesthetic statements, the epistemology of aesthetic beliefs, the metaphysics of aesthetic properties as well as the relation of aesthetics to other disciplines. 


Rebecca Wallbank (Uppsala Universitet)

Achim Vesper (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

Elisabeth Schellekens (Uppsala Universitet)

Jon Robson (University of Nottingham)

Julia Peters (Universität Tübingen)

Robert Hopkins (NYU)

Keren Gorodeisky (Auburn University)

Jochen Briesen (Universität Konstanz)

More information coming soon...

Supported by: German Research Foundation (DFG), Centre for Cultural Inquiry (ZKF)-University of Konstanz.

Contact: jochen[dot]briesen[at]uni-konstanz[dot]de


10/2022 The Acquaintance Inference – Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives. Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Konstanz  (with Natalia Korotkova).

The proposed interdisciplinary confernce (linguistics and philosophy), to take place at the University of Konstanz on October 20-21, 2022, is devoted to the Acquaintance Inference, a phenomenon whereby utterances with certain expressions are only felicitous when the speaker has firsthand experience with the object of the predication. For example, we typically call an item “tasty” "or beautiful"  only if we have tried or seen/heard it. This fact raises questions about (a) the epistemological and metaphysical source of the Acquaintance Inference, (b) the nature of linguistic expressions that give rise to it, and (c) properties of such discourses more broadly. Several recent accounts, developed within linguistics and philosophy, address those questions. Each account has important consequences as to how we theorize about knowledge, evidence and speech acts in relation to predicates like “tasty” or "beautiful". However, rarely have been both philosophical and linguistic aspects of the problem examined together as a whole. The proposed conference seeks to redress this by bringing together leading experts on the topic from both disciplines. Its goal is to foster a dialogue that will reconcile different approaches and that will help better understand the acquaintance phenomenon at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, formal semantics and formal pragmatics. 


Pranav Anand (Linguistics Department, University of Santa Cruz)

Jochen Briesen (Philosoph Department, University of Konstanz/FU Berlin)

Fabrizio Mariani (Philosophy Department, University of Maryland)

Alexander Dinges (Philosophy Department, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Elsi Kaiser (Linguistics Department, University of Southern California)

Christopher Kennedy (Linguistics Department, University of Chicago)

Natasha Korotkova (Linguistics Department, University of Konstanz)

Dilip Ninan (Philosophy Department, Tufts University)

Hazel Pearson (Linguistics Department, Queen Mary University of London)

Malte Willer (Philosophy Department, University of Chicago)

Julia Zakkou (Philosophy Department, University of Bielefeld)

More information coming soon...

Supported by: German Research Foundation (DFG).

Contact: jochen[dot]briesen[at]uni-konstanz[dot]de




11/2019  Talking Morality – Moral Terms, Slurs, and Hybrid Expressvism. Workshop, University of Konstanz (with Stefan Fischer)

06/2017  Kant and the Power of Imagination. Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin (with Dina Emundts) 


07/2015  Epistemic Consequentialism. Conference, University of Konstanz (with Anna-Maria Eder) 


2014–2016  Early Lunch Philosophy, Lecture Series, University of Konstanz (with Verena Wagner)


06/2013  Beauty is valid only for human beings – Kant's Aesthetics in the Critique of Judgment. Workshop, University of Konstanz (zusammen mit Dina Emundts)


12/2012  Im Zweifel für den Zweifel? – Neue Arbeiten zum Skeptizismus. Conference, University of Konstanz


05/2012  A Passion for Reason, Kant-Workshop with Paul Guyer (Brown University), University of Konstanz (zusammen mit Dina Emundts)