I am a philosopher of science and cognitive scientist. I work on the metaphysics of science, philosophy of biology, cognitive science and psychology, the metaphysics of mind and causation.

I am Professor for Philosophy of Cognition at TU Berlin. Before that I worked as a post-doctoral researcher, principal investigator, and scientific coordinator of the Research Training Group Situated Cognition at Ruhr-University of Bochum. I had a lecturer position at Humboldt University Berlin and at Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster. I studied Cognitive Science at University Osnabrück, Philosophy at Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster. I obtained my PhD at Humboldt University Berlin.

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My Research Projects



What 'constitutes' cognition?

Can the body or elements of the environment be constituents of cognitive processes? What does it mean to be a constituent of cognition? How can we empirically find constituents? As a part of the Meta-questions project, I investigate how we can empirically and theoretically distinguish inputs/outputs of cognition from constituents of cognition.


Maschine Skizze

Mechanisms in Biology

Biologists explain phenomena by describing mechanisms that are responsible for these phenomena. What are mechanisms? What are the ontological commitments of biology implied by this explanatory practice? In a recent book and various articles, I provide a realist interpretation of mechanisms and show which consequences follow for philosophical theories of causation, constitution, levels of science, and explanation.



The Unconscious Mind

There is a growing consensus among psychologists and philosophers that many of our mental processes occur unconsciously. What does it mean for a mental process to be unconscious? How do scientists justify the postulation of unconscious mental processes? In a recent paper, I ask these questions with respect to one phenomenon that is currently a hot topic in philosophy and psychology: implicit bias.



ARCHIV (2017-2020)

4E-Cognition: Meta-Questions

As a subproject of the RTG "Situated Cognition" and together with my former PhD-student, Matej Kohár, I investigated the theoretical basis of 4E-approaches to cognition.

The Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden) has decided to award me the 31st Swedish prize - a research award for "outstanding German scholars". This comes with a six months research stay at the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University next year.

May 31, 2021, 10:00:00 PM


Leon de Bruin, Linda Douw, Beate Krickel

Call for Papers! Special Issue in Synthese on "Multilayer networks and mechanisms in neuroscience and psychiatry"

April 29, 2021, 10:00:00 PM

Frontiers in Psychology

Leon de Bruin, Beate Krickel, Albert Newen, Achim Stephan

Call for Papers: Albert Newen, Achim Stephan, Leon de Bruin, and I are editing the Topic "Situated Cogntition" in Frontiers in Psychology.

September 29, 2020, 10:00:00 PM


Nir Fresco, Beate Krickel, Peter Schulte

Online-Workshop "Representation, Computation, Mechanism: What is the Best Explanation of Cognition?"

August 20, 2020, 8:00:00 AM

Interview Schule heute

April 14, 2020, 10:00:00 PM

Interview WAZ

March 31, 2020, 10:00:00 PM


Like everyone else, I switch to online teaching. My online lectures etc. can be found here (please ask for PW).

March 25, 2020, 11:00:00 PM


New position: I started working at TU Berlin as Professor for Philosophy of Cognition

January 31, 2020, 11:00:00 PM


Matej Kohár, Beate Krickel

First meta4e Workshop!

November 28, 2019, 9:00:00 AM


Beate Krickel, Elmarie Venter, RTG

Event - Career Opportunities Outside Academia

July 2, 2019, 2:00:00 PM

Visiting Fellowship - Antwerp, Prof. Bence Nanay

February 28, 2019, 11:00:00 PM




Keynote - Jungerlehrertag 2019

February 27, 2019, 1:30:00 PM