I am a German philosopher working at the intersection of political philosophy and economics. Currently,
I am Postdoctoral Research Associate at
Brown University's Political Theory Project.
I studied Philosophy, Sinology and Economics in Tuebingen, Beijing, and Hamburg. After graduating in 2011, I became a research associate at the Peter Loescher Chair of Business Ethics at TU Munich. During the last years, I was a visiting fellow at the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing and a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, where I wrote parts of my dissertation under the supervision of Jerry Gaus. In June 2015, I graduated with summa cum laude from TU Munich. Between 2015-16, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
My research is driven by a simple question: how is cooperation possible, given bounded rationality, limited empathy, and deep evaluative and instrumental disagreement? Approaching political philosophy through this question has lead me to delve deeply into various bodies of knowledge from the social sciences – e.g. institutional and evolutionary economics, innovation diffusion theory, the empirics of deliberation – and neighboring fields in philosophy such as social and institutional epistemology and philosophy of science.
In my forthcoming book “Polycentric Democray - Making Use of Diversity” (Routledge), I argue that whether diverse perspectives are beneficial or detrimental to society is a function of the rules of the game. The core idea of the book is that only an institutional system capable of profiting from political disagreement might reasonably be expected to generate an overlapping consensus.
Werner von Melle Award 2016