Research

 

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis

 

I am currently working on my habilitation project, which is about the phenomenology and psychopathology of lonelines conducted at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.  Since 2014 I am a postdoc at the Department of Philosophy at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. I also continue my teaching as a lecturer at the Department of Practical Philosophy and Culture Reflexion at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke. Before I have been a fellow-in residence at the Nietzsche Kolleg/ Classic Foundation Weimar where I continued my studies in philosophy of psychiatry with an emphasis on the experiences of loneliness and alienation especially in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche.    

I have been a lecturer at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück from November 2012 till March 2013 where I have continued my work in the field of philosophy and psychiatry. 

I have been a postdoc for three years at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, where I have been part of animal emotionale II, a three-year interdisciplinary project funded by The Volkswagen Foundation, within the initiative “Key Issues in the Humanities”.  In this project I focused on the issue of a systematization of existential feelings in depression, and further aimed to specify distortions of ability in mental illness, as such continuing and expanding the work on pathological situadedness and particular distortions of autonomy and agency in mental illness.

With my Ph.D. thesis I aimed to re-examine the concept of Psychopathy from an interdisciplinary perspective. The project was supported for three years by the postgraduate scholarship of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg/Germany. It aimed at a reconciliation of the philosophical and psychiatric perspectives on Psychopathy, taking into account the debate on concepts of mental disorder and (in-)ability. An alternative explanation for the ominous “lack of moral sense” in Psychopaths was provided by a psychiatrically informed reassessment of emotional, rational, volitional, and evaluative (in-)capacities and their interplay in Psychopathy from a philosophical perspective, thereby taking into account studies from the field of evolutionarry psychiatry, neuroscience, phenomenology, and forensic approaches of psychopathy.

I have studied at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg. During my tertiary education, I worked as an undergraduate and graduate assistant researcher and additionally collected experience in working part-time and in night-shift for several local social-psychiatric facilities in Mannheim.