I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at FU 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), as a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg (2016-17), and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University Dresden (2020-21). In 2015, I received a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for my research project "Principles of the Deliberative Ought". Currently, I am a fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities "Human Abilities" at HU and FU Berlin.


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The Normativity of Rationality, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017, paperback  2021).


Reviews and discussions in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Mind, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, PEA Soup, The Philosophical Review, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur.



Selected Articles


1. "Are Epistemic Reasons Normative?",  Noûs , Advance Online Access, 2021. (Original Article, Preprint)


2. "How Do Reasons Transmit to Non-Necessary Means?" (with Jan Gertken), Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 99 (2): 271–85, 2021. (Original Article, Preprint)


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


4.  “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)
5. “Instrumental Normativity: In Defense of the Transmission Principle”, Ethics  125 (4): 921-946, 2015. (Original Article)

See Publications for full list.

See here for my PhilPapers and GoogleScholar profiles.



Work in Progress


1.  "Structural Rationality" (with Alex Worsnip), to appear in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (proposal accepted).


2. "In Defense of Pro Tanto Rights".


3. "What We May Expect of Each Other: A Theory of Moral Obligation".


4. "Epistemic Normativity Without Epistemic Teleology".


5. "Aristotle's Solution to Ewing's Problem".