I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CONCEPT, University of Cologne. My area of specialization is epistemology.
My research deals mostly with things that muddle the mind and get in the way of its search for knowledge. That includes uncertainty, misleading evidence, ambiguity, doubts concerning our cognitive powers, disagreement, indeterminacy, incoherence, paradoxes, situations that call for suspension of judgment. The path of an inquirer is obscured by such elements, and that is one great motivation I have for studying them.
Another recurrent theme of my research is reasoning—it gives us cognitive wings, but how far can it take us? Which questions are beyond the ken of reason? I often deploy formal semantics and logic/probability theory to address such problems. Besides these fields of research, I also have interest in cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence.
Outside academia, I like surfing and skateboarding, and from time to time I compose electronic music.
• The Rhine-Ruhr Epistemology Group
• Philosophische Fakultät Universität zu Köln
• My soundcloud page (it's been years)