Research

List of Projects

Organisation of Conferences and Workshops

  • 2017: Int. conference of the Society of Philosophy and Technology “SPT 2017 – The Grammar of Things” at Technichal University of Darmstadt, Germany, programme committee
  • 2017: Int. workshop “Visual Reasoning – Visual Arguments” at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, Germany, co-organiser Dr. Martin Langanke (University of Greifswald). Conference poster (bs_2017-05-05_visual-reasoning).
  • 2013: Symposium “On the Indispensability of Visual Information in Science” in the context of the int. conference “Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks” at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2013: Panel “The Epistemic Value of Visual Data” in the context of the int. conference “Dimensions of Measurement” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, ZIF) in Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2008: Int. conference “Scientific Knowledge in the Context of Thought Style and Paradigm – Ludwik Fleck and Thomas S. Kuhn on the Development of Scientific Knowledge” at the Centre for the Philosophy of Science (Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie ZfW), University of Münster, Germany, co-organiser: Dr. Christian Suhm (University of Münster)
  • 2007: Workshop “Münstersche Vorlesungen zur Philosophie”, Guest: Richard Swinburne (University of Oxford), University of Münster, Germany, co-organisers: Dr. Sebastian Schmoranzer and Dr. Christian Weidemann (University of Münster)
  • 2007: Int. conference “The Nature of Scientific Evidence” at the Centre for the Philosophy of Science (Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie ZfW), University of Münster, Germany, co-organiser: Dr. Christian Suhm (University of Münster)
  • 2005: Workshop “Geisteswissenschaften im Internet”, University of Hamburg, Germany

Talks and Presentations

  1. On trusting virtual experts, talk at the workshop „Epistemic Trust in the
    Epistemology of Expert Testimony“ at the Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen (talk after call for papers), March 2019
  2. Das Neue im Blick: Begriffe – Bilder – Erkenntnisse, talk at the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria (invited lecture), July 2018
  3. ‘I see’ means I understand, talk at the Ninth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information, at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts, Brussels, Belgium (invited lecture, keynote), June 2018. Download slides here!
  4. Aussicht auf Einsicht? Visuelle Repräsentationen im Prozess des Verstehens, talk at Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (invited lecture), June 2018
  5. Challenging the Objectivity of Science: Theory-Ladenness of Observation, talk at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, Tilburg University, Netherlands (invited lecture), April 2018
  6. “… ich mach’ mir die Welt, wie sie mir gefällt”? Wahrheit und Wissenschaft, talk at the workshop “Konkurrierende Wahrheiten – Die Frage nach der Wahrheit in der Philosophie und den Religionen” at Erbacher Hof, Mainz, Germany (invited lecture), January 2018
  7. Aus Bildern lernen? Zum Verhältnis von Visualistät und Kognition, talk at Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Department of Philosophy, Karlsruhe, Germany (invited lecture), November 2017
  8. Wissenschaft versus Pseudowissenschaft – das Demarkationsproblem, talk at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at RWTH Aachen University (Habilitation colloquium), July 2017
  9. Der kognitive Gehalt visueller Repräsentationen und die Idee des perzeptuellen Lernens, talk at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster, Germany (invited lecture), July 2017
  10. Non-Propositional Content in Visual Arguments, talk at the int. workshop “Visual Reasoning – Visual Arguments” at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald (invited lecture), June 2017
  11. Vertrauen in der Krise? Epistemische Verantwortlichkeiten in wissensdynamischen Prozessen, at the Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb at Technical University of Berlin, Germany (invited lecture), May 2017
  12. Let’s have a look – observations, theories, philosophical troubles, talk at the Collaborative Research Center “Particles, Strings, and the Early Universe” at DESY Hamburg, Germany (invited lecture), February 2017. Download slides here!
  13. Fernsehnachrichten als Erkenntnisquelle – die Frage epistemischer Verantwortlichkeit. Workshop “Wissen, Macht Gesellschaft – Wissen als Ergebnis sozialer Prozesse” at Erbacher Hof, Mainz, Germany (invited lecture), January 2017
  14. Messbilder im Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Bildwirkung und Bildfunktion. Interdisciplinary workshop “Messbarmachen – Genese, Funktion und Rezeption von Messbildern” at Technical University of Berlin, Germany (invited lecture), October 2016
  15. Visual Representations in Science – Concept and Epistemology, Lecture at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at RWTH Aachen, Germany, April 2016
  16. Bilderbuch Wissenschaft? Zur Rolle visueller Darstellungen im Erkenntnisprozess, Fellow-Lecture at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, Germany (invited lecture), November 2015. Audio file available at Wiko-Greifswald.
  17. Vertrauenssache Bildbetrachtung? Überzeugungsgründe und Verantwortlichkeiten im piktorialen Erkenntnisprozess. Workshop “Bilder zeigen? Herausforderungen im Umgang mit Bildern in (kommunikations-)wissenschaftlichen Veröffentlichungspraktiken”, Fachgruppentagung für Visuelle Kommunikation in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Erfurt, Germany (invited lecture, keynote), November 2015
  18. Scientific Visualisations and the Question of Epistemic Access: A Scientific Realist’s Response. Int. Conference “Pictures and Proofs” Three Rivers Philosophy Conference 2015 at the University of South Carolina, USA (Call for Papers), March 2015
  19. Was Higgs Bosonen und Cocktailpartys gemeinsam haben – Ludwik Fleck über den sozialen Ursprung wissenschaftlicher Metaphern. Int. Conference “XXIII. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie Geschichte — Gesellschaft — Geltung”, WWU Münster, Germany (Call for Papers), October 2014
  20. Der kognitive Gehalt visueller Repräsentationen, lecture series “Das interessierte Auge: Praxis und Theorie des Visuellen”, University of Potsdam, Germany (invited lecture), July 2014
  21. Visions Visualised? On the Evidental Status of Scientific Visualisations, int. conference
    “VISUALIZATION – a critical survey of the concept”, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany (invited lecture), April 2014
  22. Der Higgs-Mechanismus und das Schicksal des Universums (in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Michael Krämer, Theoretical Particle Physics RWTH Aachen University), one-week course at the spring school of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” at the Lac d’Annecy, France (invited seminar), April 2014
  23. Skizze, Foto, Diagramm – Ludwik Fleck über die Vielfalt wissenschaftlicher Visualisierungen. Department of Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (invited lecture), January 2014
  24. Visual Information and Scientific Understanding, int. conference “Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks”, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal (Call for Papers), December 2013
  25. Philosophy Goes to the Movies – Filme als philosophische Gedankenexperimente?, at the RWTH-Wissenschaftsnacht in Aachen, Germany, November 2013
  26. Das Fenster zur Welt? – Fernsehnachrichten als epistemische Zeugnisse. Workshop “überZeugen. Die Produktion von Gewissheit und ihre Akteure” at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, Germany (invited lecture), May 2013
  27. Visual Data – Reasons to Rely on? Int. Conference “Dimensions of Measurement” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld, Germany (invited lecture), March 2013
  28. Fotografische Messdaten und die Erklärungsleistung des fotografischen Realismus. Department of Philosophy at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (invited lecture), November 2012
  29. Vertrauen oder Kontrolle? Die Rolle visueller Belege bei der Verbreitung von Expertenmeinungen. Workshop “Vertrauen und Misstrauen: Expertise zwischen Fachwissen und Öffentlichkeit”, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany (invited lecture), October 2012
  30. Das Beste aus zwei Welten? Ludwik Fleck über den sozialen Ursprung wissenschaftlicher Kreativität. Conference “Gleichzeitigkeit – Modelle der Simultaneität in den Wissenschaften und Künsten” at the Academy of the Fine Arts Münster, Germany (invited lecture), May 2012
  31. Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst? – Zum epistemischen (Mehr-)Wert wissenschaftlicher Visualisierungen. Department of Philosophy, University of Hannover (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover), Germany (invited lecture), December 2011
  32. Scientific Images as Circulating Ideas – An Application of Ludwik Fleck’s Theory of Thought Styles. Int. conference “The Collective Dimension of Science” at the Université de Nancy, France (Call for Papers), December 2011
  33. Können Bilder Argumente sein? Lecture for the prize award ceremony at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, Germany (invited lecture), October 2011
  34. Die Tagesschau-Berichterstattung als Erkenntnisquelle – ein Rechtfertigungsproblem. Int. conference “XXII. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie Welt der Gründe”, LMU Munich, Germany (Call for Papers), September 2011
  35. The Concept of Testimony. Int. conference “34 th Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium” in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria (Call for Papers), August 2011
  36. The Relevance of Scientific Visualisations – or Why Words Are Not Enough. Int. conference “SPSP 2011. The third biennial conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice”, University of Exeter, UK (Call for Papers), June 2011
  37. Are Visualisations a Link to Nature? Int. conference “Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation”, University of Oxford, UK (Call for Papers), March 2011
  38. Photographic Evidence and the Problem of Theory-Ladenness. Int. conference “Aesthetic Cognition and Cognitive Aesthetics”, University of Regensburg, Germany (invited lecture), October 2010
  39. Wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit? – Wissenschaftliche Fotografien als Daten. Int. conference “33 rd Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium” in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria (Call for Papers), August 2010
  40. Tagesschau-Berichte als Erkenntnisquelle? Wie man in 15 Minuten die Welt unbegreiflich macht. Department of Philosophy, University of Hamburg, Germany (invited lecture), February 2009
  41. Thought Styles and Paradigms – a Comparative Study on Ludwik Fleck and Thomas S. Kuhn. Int. conference “Scientific knowledge in the context of thought style and paradigm – Ludwik Fleck and Thomas Kuhn on the development of scientific knowledge”, University of Münster, Germany, July 2008
  42. Is the Principle of Testimony Simply Epistemically Fundamental or Simply Not? Swinburne on Knowledge by Testimony (with Markus Seidel, M.A.). Workshop “Münsterschen Vorlesungen zur Philosophie”, University of Münster, Germany, November 2007
  43. Comment on Martin Carrier “Assessing the Impact of Scientific Evidence: The Role of
    Methodological Theory”. Int. conference “The Nature of Scientific Evidence”, University of Münster, Germany, July 2007
  44. Linguistic Considerations and the Epistemic Status of Testimony. Int. conference “Linguistics and Epistemology”, University of Aberdeen, UK (Call for Papers), May 2007
  45. Schlechte Zeugnisse? Der Zeugnisbegriff im Rahmen der Debatte testimonialer Erkenntnis. Department of Philosophy, University of Münster, Germany, January 2007
  46. Visuelle Zeugnisse in der Wissenschaft und die Reduktionismusfrage testimonialer Erkenntnis. Int. conference “GAP.6-Konferenz”, Freie Universität Berlin (Call for Papers), September 2006
  47. Learning Management Systems (LMS) in Humanities and Social Sciences. Int. conference “Social Sciences and Humanities Forum (SSHF)”, Dubai, UAE (invited lecture), April 2005
  48. Projektentwicklung von E-Learning-Projekten im universitären Kontext. Conference “Campus Innovation”, University of Hamburg, Germany (invited lecture), October 2004