Curriculum Vitae

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Academic Background


Undergraduate studies in Philosophy
at Munich School of Philosophy

Bachelor's Degree
July 1981


Graduate studies in Philosophy
at Munich School of Philosophy and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich

Master of Arts in Philosophy
February 1984

Thesis on "Realism and Anti-Realism"
Grade: summa cum laude

Graduate studies in Catholic Thelogy
at Hochschule St. Georgen in Frankfurt and University of Innsbruck, Austria

Degree of "Diplomtheologe"
July 1989

Thesis on "Revelation"
Grade: summa cum laude

Doctoral Studies in Philosophy
begun at the University of Bielefeld, where thesis advisor Prof. Peter Bieri
organized a large-scale internactional research project on the topic of "Mind and Brain",
finished at Freie Universität Berlin after following the dissertation advisor to Berlin


Thesis on "Mental Causation"
Grade: summa cum laude

Munich School of Philosophy

Habilitation in Philosophy




Academic Positions Held



Full-time lecturer in Philosophy at the Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, USA
Teaching intro-level Epistemology, Logic and Metaphysics


Teaching-assistant to Prof. Koltermann in Philosophy of Physics and Biology
During graduate studies in Catholic Theology at the Hochschule St. Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany

1994 (spring term)

Visiting scholar of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Working with (among others) Prof. Brian McLaughlin in Philosophy of Mind

1994 (fall term) &
1995 (spring term)

Lecturer at the Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany
Teaching Philosophy of Mind and Analytic Epistemology


Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion (one-year full-time position) at the Philosophy Department of the
University of Notre Dame, USA
Teaching upper-level undergraduate courses in Philosophy of Mind

1996 (fall term)

Full-time tenure-track position (assistant professor) at the Munich School of Philosophy
Courses on Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and History of Analytic Philosophy

JanFeb 2000

Visiting scholar at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachussetts, USA
Lectures on Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind

2000 (fall term)

Visiting scholar the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Working mainly with Prof. David Chalmers in Philosophy of Mind, participation in the Center for Consciousness Studies

Feb 2002

Professorship officialy offered by Fordham University, New York, USA, in Philosophy of Mind
Declined for personal reasons.


Tenured at Munich School of Philosophy
Full professor for Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language.

(fall terms only)

Visiting Professor at Fordham University

Since 2011

Editor for the German speaking countries at the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion


Member of the steering committee of the international research project "Analytic Theology"
Funded by the John Templeton Foundation

Since 2012

Holder of the endowed "Lejeune Chair for Philosophy and Motivation"
Specializing in Philosophical Psychology, Metaphysics of Mental Causation, Freedom of the Will and Action Theory

2013 (fall term)

"James Collins Visiting Professor in Philosophy" at Saint Louis University

2014 - 2020

Vice President of Munich School of Philosophy

Since 2020

Acting Management of the "Institut für naturwissenschaftliche Grenzfragen zur Philosophie und Theologie"