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I am "Assistent" (non-tenured lecturer) at the Chair for Practical Philosophy at the University of Regensburg (since April 2009). Before coming here, I have held temporary appointments at the universities of Leipzig, Saarbrücken, Glasgow, Witten/Herdecke and Konstanz. I teach and do research in ethics, philosophy of the social sciences, and related areas.


I completed my PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics in 2005 (under the supervision of Nancy Cartwright).

 

I have published papers in journals such as The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, The Journal of Value Inquiry and the Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung. Two opinion pieces on recent German legislation on organ donations have been published in the German national paper Süddeutsche Zeitung (with Franz Himpsl).

 

My doctoral dissertation was on John Stuart Mill. It most prominently discussed Mill's distinction between higher and lower pleasures. I defended Mill (and common sense) against some arguably extravagant claims about what a good life would be like.

I currently work on luck egalitarianism and its relation to health and related topics such as organ donations.

I am also involved in a new edition of Mill's works in German. With Michael Schefczyk I will be editing three volumes, the first should be out soon and includes a new translation of Utilitarianism by myself (more).

 

A big chunk of my time goes into teaching and examining. In the last few years I have taught courses on causality, logic, metaethics, the history of moral philosophy, paternalism, introductory political philosophy, equality, the philosophy of social science, basic income, global justice, advanced moral theory; half of these at graduate level.

 

My academic page at Regensburg is here. I tend to update it more regularly with recent publications.

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