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Sven Bernecker is primarily interested in epistemology, philosophy of mind as well as Kant and German Idealism.

Before coming to Cologne in 2016 he taught at the Universities of California-Irvine, Manchester, Munich, Vienna, and Birkbeck College London. He has held visiting appointments at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Humboldt University Berlin, Ruhr University Bochum, and University of Cologne.

Paul Silva's current research is primarily in epistemology (traditional, social and formal), but he is also interested in metaphysics and ethics. Before Paul joined CONCEPT he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. And before that he was a Lecturer in philosophy at Monash University. He completed his PhD at the University of Connecticut in 2013. 

Find out more about Paul Silva's work

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Dr. Luis Rosa

Luis Rosa's main area of research is epistemology/ formal epistemology. He's currently concerned with problems about the nature and normativity of suspended judgment, the relationship between knowledge and uncertainty and norms of coherence. Rosa is also interested in the cognitive psychology of reasoning and Artificial Intelligence. Before joining CONCEPT, he was Humboldt fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU Munich).

Check out Luis' website for more information

Postdoctoral Fellow (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

Dr. Robert Weston Siscoe

Wes Siscoe's research revolves around several themes – rationality, language, and virtue – and their importance for accounts of human excellence and achievement.  Before joining the CONCEPT team, he was a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Florida State University and the Mellon Course Design Coordinator for the Philosophy as a Way of Life Project. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona and has held visiting research positions at Brown, Notre Dame, and Rutgers.

Check out Wes' homepage to find more information. 


Sibel Schmidt M.A.

Sibel used to work as an event and communication manager before she joined CONCEPT in December 2016.

As the Office Manager she takes care of the administrative matters, manages in-house/external communication and organizes various events for CONCEPT. You can contact Sibel, if you would like to get in touch with the research center.


Student Assistant

Frances Unger B.A.

Frances studied Englisch and German at the University of Cologne. She received her Bachelor degree in 2021.
Check out the title of her theses: Social Criticism and Contemporary Anxieties in Dystopian Literature: Surveillance, Technology and Propaganda in Orwell’s 1984 and Collins’ The Hunger Games. Sounds interesing? It certainly is. 

Before Frances joined CONCEPT she worked for the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science. 



Bella's primary interests include digging in the park, taking afternoon naps, and checking with the CONCEPT fellows to see if they have any food.   
Before joining CONCEPT, Bella lived in 6 different U.S. states, including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
As a purebred miniature dachshund, she is thankful to have the chance to return to the land of her ancestors.