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

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Philosophie

Habelschwerdter Allee 30

14195 Berlin


Research Interests

In epistemology/philosophy of science: skepticism, theories of justification and knowledge, epistemic consequentialism, epistemic values, entitlements, the problem of perceptual justification, theories of rationality, the problem of induction, theories of understanding.

In philosophy of language: various forms of double-index semantics, the semantics of questions, the semantics-pragmatics interface, hybrid expressivism and double-speech-act theories, predicates of personal taste and other terms that combine classificatory and evaluative aspects.

In aesthetics : the meaning of aesthetic judgments, the metaphysics of aesthetic properties, theories of art, the epistemic value of art.

My current and future work tries to combine these research interests in a fruitful way. For example, I am currently interested in the relation of theoretical and practical rationality in the aesthetic domain, the speech-act theoretic classification of aesthetic and art-critical assertions, the epistemic value of art, the relation of art and science, and the epistemology of aesthetic judgments. I am also interested in expanding my interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, such as:  cognitive psychology, linguistics, art and cultural studies.

For abstracts and penultimate drafts of (most) of my papers see:



Edited Volumes/




(in peer-reviewed journals and collections)

Ästhetische Urteile und ästhetische Eigenschaften – Sprachphilosophische und metaphysische Überlegungen. Frankfurt a. M.: Klostermann 2020.

Skeptische Paradoxa – Die philosophische Skepsis, kognitive Projekte und der epistemische Konsequentialismus. Paderborn: mentis 2012.

Handbuch: Philosophische Ästhetik, hrsg. von L. Schmalzried, C. Demmerling & J. Briesen, Berlin/Basel: Schwabe Verlag (in preparation).

Der Urteilsbegriff und Wissen aus zweiter Hand. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (forthcoming).

"I like how it looks but it is not beautiful" – Sensory appeal beyond beauty. Poetics (79): 1–12 (2020). [with cognitive psychologists Claudia Muth & Claus Christian Carbon]

A linguistic specification of aesthetic judgments. British Journal of Aesthetics 59 (4): 373–391 (2019). 

Evidentielle Einzigkeit in klassischer und formaler Erkenntnistheorie. Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (71) 2: 183–222, (2017).

Epistemic Consequentialism: Its relation to ethical consequentialism and the truth-indication principle.

In: P. Schmechtig & M. Grajner (eds.), Epistemic Reasons, Norms, and Goals. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter (2016).

Perceptual justification and assertively representing the world. Philosophical Studies 172 (8): 2239–2259 (2015).

Pictorial art and epistemic aims. In: H. Klinke (ed.), Art Theory as Visual Epistemology, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 11–28 (2014).

Is Kant (W)right? – On Kant's regulative ideas and Wright's entitlements. Kant-Yearbook 5: 1–32 (2013).

Reliabilism, bootstrapping, and epistemic circularity. Synthese 190 (18): 4361–4372 (2013).

Antiskeptische Trittbrettfahrer des semantischen Externalismus. Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung (64) 4: 100–122 (2011).

Reconsidering closure, underdetermination, and infallibilism. Grazer Philosophische Studien (80): 221–231 (2010).

Scepticism, externalism, and inference to the best explanation. Abstracta 4: 5–26 (2008).


(in Handbooks and Conference Proceedings)

Was ist philosophische Ästhetik? (zusammen mit Lisa Schmalzried und Christoph Demmerling). In: Handbuch Philosophische Ästhetik, hrsg. v. L. Schmalzried, C. Demmerling & J. Briesen,  Berlin/Basel: Schwabe Verlag (in preparation). 

Ästhetische Urteile. In: Handbuch Philosophische Ästhetik, hrsg. von L. Schmalzried, C. Demmerling & J. Briesen,  Berlin/Basel: Schwabe Verlag (forthcoming)

Unterbestimmtheitsargumente für den Skeptizismus.

In:  Handbuch Erkenntnistheorie, hrsg. von M. Grajner & G. Melchior. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag (2019)

Rechtfertigung und epistemische Berechtigung.

In:  Handbuch Erkenntnistheorie, hrsg. von M. Grajner & G. Melchior. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag (2019)

Why do we need a theory of art?

In: S. Majetschak & A. Weiberg (eds.), Aesthetics Today – Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics to the Aesthetics of Nature and Art; Preroceedings of the 39th Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg (2016).

Cartesian arguments for skepticism – Their interrelations and presuppositions. 

In: O. Petersen/D. Brochers/T. Spitzley/ M. Stöckler (eds.), Nachdenken und Vordenken – Herausforderungen an die Philosophie; Proceedings of GAP7, Duisburg-Essen (2012).

A new problem for perceptual justification. 

In: C. Jäger & W. Löffler (eds.), Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement; Preproceedings of the 34th Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg (2011).

Work in Progress

Please note, as soon as a paper is under review, it is deleted from this list.

Ästhetische Kriterien in der Beurteilung wissenschaftlicher Theorien?

[Comments on Olaf Müller's book "Zu schön, um falsch zu sein" (Frankfurt a. M.: Fischer 2019). Provided for a symposium on the book to be published in Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung.]

Aesthetic judgments and hybrid expressivism. 

[In this paper I develop and defend a certain variant of hybrid expressivism with respect to aesthetic judgments.]

Reichenbach and the problem of induction

[Discussion and defense of Hans Reichenbach's solution to the problem of induction.]

Art vs. Non-Art

[Empircal study in collaboration with cognitive psychologists Claudia Muth and Claus-Christian Carbon.]

Heideggers Kunstwerkaufsatz und die Frage nach dem Sein 

[Collaboration with Heidegger-scholar Rico Gutschmidt – A new interpretation of Heideggers famous essay on artworks.]

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