Historische Spezialisierungsbereiche

  • Kant
  • Rationalismus und Empirismus
  • Neuzeitliche Naturphilosophie

Systematische Spezialisierungsbereiche 

  • Wissenschaftstheorie: Naturgesetze, Einheit und Pluralismus der Wissenschaft, Modellbegriff.
  • Metaphysik: Realismus, Essentialismus, Kausalität


  • Ästhetik
  • Erkenntnistheorie
  • Phänomenologie

Laufende Projekte


„Kant and the Systematicity of Nature. The Regulative Use of Reason in the Critique of Pure Reason


Despite a renewed interest in Kant’s notion of systematicity in recent decades, existing interpretations fail to offer a satisfactory account of its cognitive function. My doctoral thesis aims to fill this gap. First, I argue that systematicity is grounded in a purposive and legitimate use of human reason. Second, I show that reason’s systematicity is not merely an afterthought or desideratum of our cognition, but rather a crucial feature of Kant’s analysis of the sources of cognition: it fundamentally complements the faculties of our mind in a variety of tasks concerning empirical cognition, such as the unification of cognition, the formation of empirical concepts, and the approximation to empirical truth. Third, I contend that these combined insights reveal an overarching framework that helps us understand Kant’s mature conception of realism (what he calls ‘empirical realism’) and his appraisal of the role of metaphysics in science. However, the goal is not solely historical. The dissertation also aims to defend the plausibility of Kant’s systematicity in contemporary debates about whether we should aim to unify our scientific theories or rather promote their diversity and multiplicity. In particular, I argue that Kant’s ‘perspectivism’ about reason’s systematicity can be used to rethink unity and pluralism as mutually inclusive principles of scientific cognition and thereby solve the apparent conflict between them in contemporary philosophy of science.


Prof. Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Alix Cohen (University of Edinburgh)



  • seit 2021: wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Fach Philosophie der Universität Trier (am Lehrstuhl Philosophie der Neuzeit, Prof. Dr. Kristina Engelhard)
  • 2018 – 2021: Teaching Assistant an der University of Edinburgh
  • 2017 – 2021: Promotionsstudium in Philosophie an der University of Edinburgh (Verteidigungstermin: Frühling 2021); Betreuer: Prof. Michela Massimi und Dr. Alix Cohen. Gefördert durch European Research Council (2017 – 2020; Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point; Projektleitung: Prof. Michela Massimi) und Royal Institute of Philosophy (2020 – 2021)
  • 10/2019 – 12/2019: Forschungsaufenthalt. Goethe Universität Frankfurt bei Prof. Dr. Marcus Willaschek
  • 2014 – 2016: Magister Artium (M.A.) in Philosophie, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC, Mailand)
  • 2011 – 2014: Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Management in Kunst, Kultur, and Kommunikation, Università Bocconi (Mailand)

Publikationen und Vorträge

Publikationen und Vorträge


  • „Kant’s Space of Theoretical Reason and Science: A Perspectival Reading,“ in L. Caranti and A. Pinzani (eds.), Kant and the Contemporary World. Routledge, forthcoming 2021.



„The Regulative Use of Reason: From Transcendental Illusion to Ideas as Prescriptive Rules”

  • Multilateral Kant Colloquium – 9th Edition. Tsinghua University (Beijing), 10/2020 [wegen Coronavirus-Pandemie verschoben].
  • Reason, Ideas, and Norms in Kant. University of Edinburgh, 06/2020 [wegen Coronavirus-Pandemie verschoben].

„The Systematic Unity of Reason as a Criterion of Empirical Truth“

  • Leuven Kant Conference2019. KU Leuven, 05/2019.

Respondent to Ido Geiger’s manuscript chapter „The Conceptual Purposiveness of Nature“

  • Kant and the Systematicity of Nature. University of Edinburgh, 05/2019.

„Reason as the ‘Touchstone of Truth’“

  • Kant’s Scots – Fall 2018. University of Edinburgh, 11/2018.
  • Multilateral Kant Colloquium – 8th Edition. Università degli Studi di Catania, 10/2018.
  • UKKS Annual Conference 2018. Cardiff University, 09/2018.