I am interested in a broad range of topics in the History of Philosophy, especially Kant, the Early Modern Period, Female Philosophers and the concept of time. I have written on Kant, Heidegger, Leibniz and Du Châtelet.
Currently, I am Assistant Professor at Paderborn University, Germany writing an Habilitation on Émilie du Châtelet’s Contribution to the Theory of Knowledge in the Early Modern Era. I investigate her references to her immediate predecessors and contemporaries, especially Descartes, Leibniz, Wolff and Locke, as well as her own theory on the concept of knowledge. My aim is to reveal the originality in Émilie du Châtelet’s approach to knowledge within the Early Modern Era and to show that her ideas overcome the dominant divide between rationalism and empiricism, which marked this era.
Prior to this, I was for 2 years a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University on a DFG research grant. My research project was concerned with the question of how the content of thought, related to the senses, and the form of thought, related to representation itself, became separated and how they relate to each other in the Early Modern Period leading up to Kant. To answer this question crucial to Rationalism and Kant, I focused on Descartes, Leibniz and Du Châtelet. One aim of my research is to re-write an important chapter of the History of Philosophy by acknowledging and investigating Du Châtelet's contribution to it.
I completed my PhD at Freiburg University with a summa cum laude. Prior to my DFG-Research Fellowship, I was a Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the FAZIT Foundation and the Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds. Prior to my Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University I was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and a Recognised Student at the University of Oxford.