About me

I am interested in a broad range of topics in the History of Philosophy, especially Kant, the Early Modern Period and principal questions about what philosophy is. I have written on Kant, Heidegger, Leibniz and Du Châtelet.

Currently, I am Assistant Professor at Paderborn University, Germany writing a Habilitation. The first part concerns integrating Émilie du Châtelet into the Early Modern Era and the second part distinguishes the concept of philosophy as a logical inquiry into our representations in the Early Modern Period from Kant's concept of philosophy as metaphysics. In the first part, I investigate Émilie du Châtelet's references to her immediate rational predecessors and contemporaries, especially Descartes, Leibniz and Wolff, as well as her own theory on the concept of knowledge. My aim is to show that her ideas do not fall into the dominant divide between rationalism and empiricism, which marked this era, but that her work encompasses the same concept of philosophy as her predecessors, namely as a logical enquiry into the representation of sense objects. In the second part, I aim to show how Kant based philosophy on an entirely different principle by questioning ideas originating in reason and determining the relationship of reason to understanding by undertaking an analysis of the scope of our understanding and reason, namely with regard to nature and that which is beyond that realm.

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 Kant, Descartes, Leibniz and Du Châtelet. One aim of this undertaking was to re-write an important chapter of the Early Modern Period by acknowledging and investigating Du Châtelet's contribution to it. Following Harvard, I was a Research Fellow at the HU Berlin for 2 months as an extension of the project.

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.