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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.

Junior Professor

Jun.Prof. Dr. Stefanie Grüne

Stefanie Grüne is mainly interested in Kant’s theoretical philosophy and in topics that lie at the intersection between epistemology and philosophy of mind, especially in philosophy of perception. Before joining CONCEPT she was wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the University of Potsdam and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. 

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. 

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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).

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Postdoctoral Fellow (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

Dr. Adam Bricker

Adam Michael Bricker works mostly on topics that fall somewhere between epistemology and cognitive neuroscience, and he is presently engaged in understanding how the brain computes judgements about knowledge. Adam is also interested in mental state attribution more generally, especially how the neurocognitive mechanisms of mental state attribution might color our understanding of the past. Before joining CONCEPT in 2020, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oulu. Adam earned his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2018.

Sofia’s main research interests are in epistemology, the philosophy of language, philosophical methodology, and the philosophy of mind and psychology. Recently, she has been thinking about inconsistent concepts, conceptual engineering, conceptual analysis, doxastic involuntarism, epistemic authority, epistemic normativity, and rationality. Before joining CONCEPT, Sofia studied at Utrecht University and University College London. 

Francesco Praolini is interested in a variety of issues in epistemology including knowledge first epistemology, the value of knowledge and other epistemic states, epistemic goals, epistemic normative theory, the lottery paradox, and the preface paradox. His interests are not confined to epistemology but extend to philosophy of logic and philosophy of language as well. Before joining CONCEPT, he was a PhD student in philosophy at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at KU Leuven. 

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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.