I’m a member of the Centre for Science Studies (in the Department of Mathematics) and am associated with the Research Unit for Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Cognition at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas.
Since January 2016, I’m the PI of the research group on Intuitions in Science and Philosophy.
My research interests center around methodological issues in science and philosophy, and the scientific realism debate. More specifically, I’m interested in theoretical virtues and theory appraisal, predictive success, the inference to the best explanation, explanation and understanding, theory-ladenness of experimentation, thought experiments, and the use of history and intuitions in philosophical theorizing. Much of my research combines philosophical with historical, and lately, empirical methods.
I earned my PhD in philosophy from the University of Leeds in 2008 and worked at the universities of Birmingham (UK), Stockholm, Konstanz, and Pittsburgh (as fellow at the ‘Center‘). I was born and raised in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, studied cognitive science at the University of Osnabrück and at McGill (Montreal), and history and philosophy of science at Leeds.