Keynote Speakers

Peter Brössel, University of Bochum.

Zukunftskolleg Universität KonstanzPeter Brössel is Junior Professor at the University of Bochum, Germany, and Director of the Emmy Noether Research Group “From Perception to Belief and Back Again”. He completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Konstanz. During his time as an Assistant Professor in Bochum, he also held visiting positions in Pittsburgh, Berkeley, Paris, Tilburg, Leuven, Salzburg and Munich (MCMP). Peter’s research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of cognition. His epistemological research centers on theories of rational reasoning and perception, as well as social epistemology. Peter’s research in philosophy of science focuses on theories of confirmation, causation and explanatory and systematic power. One particular aim of his research in cognitive science is to bring together traditional topics in epistemology and philosophy of science with recent approaches in cognitive science. Click here to learn more about his work.


Lina Jansson, University of Nottingham.

Lina Jansson is an assistant professor in Janssonphilosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. Before joining Nottingham she worked at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2011 and her undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2004. Her research has centered around questions about the nature of explanation. She has worked on questions related to this topic from within the history and philosophy science, the philosophy of physics, and in metaphysics. This has led to publications on the debate over the status of Newton’s theory of gravity, problems for causal accounts of explanation, how to allow laws of nature to do explanatory work independently of causal underpinnings, and how to account for our judgments of directionality in metaphysics. Click here to learn more about her work.

Tania Lombrozo, University of California at Berkeley.

LombrozoTania Lombrozo is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2006 after receiving a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University. Dr. Lombrozo’s research aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of cognitive psychology and the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy. Her work focuses on explanation and understanding, conceptual representation, categorization, social cognition, and causal reasoning. She is the recipient of numerous early-career awards including the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition. She blogs about psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science at Psychology Today and for NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. Click here to learn more about her work.

Michael Strevens, New York University.


Michael Strevens was born and raised in New Zealand. He moved to the US in 1991 to undertake a PhD at Rutgers University; currently, he teaches philosophy of science at New York University. His academic work is principally concerned with the nature of science, covering topics such as scientific explanation, understanding, complex systems, probability of various sorts, causation, and the social structure of science; he also applies contemporary research in cognitive psychology to explain aspects of both philosophical and scientific thinking. His book Philosophical Knowledge: How Empirical Psychology Vindicates Armchair Philosophy is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in 2018, and he is writing a trade book that explains why science is so successful at creating knowledge and why it took so long for humans to figure out how to do it right. Click here to learn more about his work.

Foto  Peter Brössel: Michael Latz, Zukunftskolleg der Universität Konstanz.