Field of Research
My main research interests concern all aspects of Consciousness and Cognition. I am also interested in Epistemology, and in Kant‘s theoretical philosophy and how it relates to contemporary cognitive science.
From 2014-2019, I will be mainly working on a research project called ,Situated Cognition. Perceiving the World and Understanding other minds.‘ This is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.
The notion of situated cognition comprises several ideas that together challenge and force us to reconsider the classical notion of cognition as used in philosophy and cognitive science. While the traditional view conceives of cognition as constituted by formal operations on abstract symbols, i.e. mental representations, taking place in the brain, the situated approach, in contrast, conceives of cognition as an embedded and (sometimes) extended activity carried out by an embodied agent. Cognitive activities are not confined to an individual's brain, but essentially extend into the agent's body, and even into the agent's physical and social environment. Since bodily and environmental factors then partly constitute cognition, explanations of cognitive activities have to go beyond neural activity and take into account the dynamics of brain/mind, body and world. In this project, these ideas shall be investigated and evaluated in closer detail with regard to two cognitive domains, namely (1) perception of the outside world, and (2) understanding of other minds.