Steering Committee

The Steering Committee

The CIN is overseen by a steering committee (SC) consisting of nine members, elected by the CIN members. It comprises the chairperson, the deputy chairperson, five CIN scientists, one university member from a scientific field that does not overlap with any of the CIN areas of research, and a representative of the office of the university rector. A central office, led by an executive officer, assists the chairperson and the steering committee and manages the day-to-day administration of the CIN. Over the years the SC's focus has switched from appointing selection committees and recruiting junior research group leaders and professors, to establishing the central  structures and to fostering scientific interaction among CIN members through the distribution of funding for pool projects and events such as conferences and workshops.

Chairman Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Thier
Deputy Chairman Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Members of the CIN Steering Committee

Prof. Dr. Sabine Döring

Organization: University of Tübingen


Bursagasse 1
72070 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29 74345

Department: Philosophical Seminar

Area: CIN Members, Steering Committee

Scientific topic: Practical philosophy

Field of Research

My main research areas are (meta-)ethics and the theory of practical reason, with an emphasis on emotion and the question of what role the emotions have to play in the theory of value. Starting on from this, I am currently concerned with perception and intuition in ethics, and with (diachronic) agency. Most important for the CIN is the interdisciplinary project "Was it me? The neurocognitive and philosophical basis of agency". This project aims at developing an integrative unified framework of the attribution of an action to one’s own agency, that is, of the self-attribution of agency (as opposed to agency attribution to an external agent). By combining accounts from cognitive neuroscience and philosophy, we conceptualize and interconnect different strategies of attributing an action to one’s own agency. We substantiate these strategies and the overall framework experimentally.


Conceptual analysis


cognitive neuroscience; emotions; neuro-philosophy; thinking and reasoning

  1. Döring SA (2009). Why be emotional? In: Peter Goldie, editor. Oxford Handbook of  Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ch. 12, 283-302.
  2. Döring SA (2007). Seeing What to Do: Affective Perception and Rational Motivation. Dialectica. 61:363-94.
  3. Döring SA (2003). Explaining Action by Emotion. The Philosophical Quarterly. 53:214-30.