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(Ma Lin, Quietly Listening to Wind in the Pines,
13th century, National Palace Museum, Taiwan)

Academic Career

I am currently Associate Research Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Fribourg. The research projects The Normative Mind and The Aesthetic Mind connected to this post are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Previously, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Berkeley, Glasgow and Warwick, as well as at the Institut Jean-Nicod at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris.

Before that, I worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Fribourg, as a Research Fellow at the Universities of Fribourg and Geneva, and as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Fribourg and University College London.


The main focus of my current research is on interrelated issues in aesthetics, the philosophy of mind, epistemology and the philosophy of normativity, notably meta-ethics.

In addition, I have been pursuing research in the philosophy of perception, the philosophy of the imagination and, to some extent, metaphysics.

Education & Qualifications

The University of Fribourg awarded me the Habilitation in philosophy in 2012.

I received my MPhil in 2000 and my PhD in 2005 from University College London, after writing the respective dissertations under the supervision of M.G.F. Martin, Malcolm Budd, Sebastian Gardner and Lucy O’Brien.

For my MA (German ‘Magister’) in 1998 from the University of Tübingen under the supervision of Manfred Frank, I studied not only philosophy, but also physics, German and comparative literature, and (informally) art history.

Editorial Work

Since 2012, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the academic philosophy journal Estetika: the Central European Journal of Philosophy, published by the Czech Academy of Sciences (ESF-Ranking: B/INT-2).

Between 2004 and 2008, I was one of the four assistant editors of the academic philosophy journal dialectica, published by Wiley-Blackwell (ESF-ranking: A/INT-1).

Other Academic Activities

In 2008, I initiated the foundation of the European Society for Aesthetics, which is now based at the University of Fribourg. From 2008 until 2013, I was the secretary of the society, and I am still co-editor of its annual <a target=_blank” href=”http://proceedings.eurosa.org”>Proceedings.

Since 2009, I am the Research Coordinator of the Fribourg-based research group ‘Experience & Reason’ (EXRE).

From 2011 until 2014, I was Philosophy Programme Chair of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology.