I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin. My research interests concern issues in moral and political philosophy, metaethics, the theories of reasons and rationality, and other normative questions in philosophy.


I studied philosophy, early modern and modern German literature, and cultural studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin (M.A. 2007), where I also received my doctorate in philosophy (2014). My dissertation examined the normativity of rationality (published 2017 by Oxford University Press, awarded with the Humboldt Prize 2014 and the Stegmüller Prize 2018). I was a visiting student at the University of Nottingham (2003-2004), as well as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010) and the Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires (2011). I worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2009-15), as a research associate at the Australian National University in Canberra (2014), and as a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg (2016-17). In 2015, I received a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for my current research project "Principles of the Deliberative Ought".


You can download my CV here.





Email: [firstname] [dot] [lastname] [at] hu-berlin [dot] de



Selected Publications


1. The Normativity of Rationality, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017).


2. "Contrary-to-Duty Scenarios, Deontic Dilemmas, and Transmission Principles", Ethics 129 (1): 98–115, 2018. (Original Article, Preprint)


3.  “You Ought to Φ Only If You May Believe that You Ought to  Φ, The Philosophical Quarterly 66 (265): 760-782, 2016. (Original Article, Preprint)
4. “Instrumental Normativity: In Defense of the Transmission Principle”, Ethics  125 (4): 921-946, 2015. (Original Article)
5. “A Dilemma for Parfit’s Conception of Normativity”Analysis 72 (3): 466-474, 2012. (Original Article, Preprint)

See Publications for full list.

See here for my PhilPapers and GoogleScholar profiles.



Work in Progress


1. Is There a Liberal Principle of Instrumental Transmission?” (with Jan Gertken), article manuscript (PDF Download).


2. "The Myth of Political Authority" (in preparation).


3. "Migration and Social Equality" (in preparation)


4. "Are Epistemic Reasons Normative?" (in preparation).


5. "Why There is No Such Thing As a Motivating Reason" (in preparation).