Jens Harbecke
Jens Harbecke 

Married, 4 children; residency in Köln, Germany.

Positions and Education

Since October 2015: Chair for Theoretical Philosophy and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (parental leave April 2016-March 2017 100% and October 2023-August 2024 100%).

 

Since 2014: Co-Director of the international Master's Program "Philosophy, Politics, and Economics" at Witten/Herdecke University.

 

September 2020-August 2023: Vice Dean of Studies and Teaching, Faculty of Management, Economics, and Society, Witten/Herdecke University

 

September 2020-October 2022: Head of the Department of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Witten/Herdecke University, Faculty of Management, Economics, and Society.

 

February 2018-March 2022: Academic Director of ISIC - The PPE Institute for Social and Institutional Change, Witten/Herdecke University (former WIWA - Wittener Institut für Institutionellen Wandel).


October 2011-September 2015: Junior Professor for Philosophy of Science and Methodology of Economics, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

October 2013-March 2014: Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy and the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program of Washington University St. Louis, MO, USA.

April-October 2011: Visiting Scholar at the Cognitive Science Department and the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurocomputation (now The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

August 2009-April 2010: Minerva Fellow at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv, Israel.

July 2008-March 2011: Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) and Interim Professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung), Chair of Economics and Philosophy at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

October 2007-June 2008: Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bern, Switzerland (Chair of History and Philosophy of Science).

September 2007: Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Supervisors: Prof. Michael Esfeld (Lausanne), Prof. David Papineau (London, UK), Prof. Albert Newen (Bochum, Germany).

September-December 2006: Visiting Student at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA. Host: Prof. Stephen Yablo.

October 2005: Master of Arts (Staatsexamen SekII) in Music Education from the State Academy of Music Cologne, Germany.

October 2004: Master of Arts (Staatsexamen SekII) in Philosophy from the University of Cologne, Germany.

September 2003: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy from King’s College London, UK.

Academic Activities

Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (specialty section of Frontiers in Psychology).

 

Refereeing for Scholarly Journals: Acta Analytica, American Philosophical Quarterly, Dialectica, Erkenntnis, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Science, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Mind, Mind&Matter, Philosophia, Philosophical Papers, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Theoria SE.

Refereeing for Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF), German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Refereeing for Societies: Society for the Metaphysics of Science, Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP), Société de Philosophie des Sciences.

Membership: Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) e.V.; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie e.V. (DGPhil); Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP) e.V.; European Philosophy of Science (EPSA).

Teaching

(A) Philosophy of Science, Logic, Game Theory

 

  • 'The Philosophy of the Social Sciences' [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English). Summer 2023, Sumer 2022, Summer 2021, Summer 2020, Summer 2018, Summer 2017, Summer 2010, Summer 2009.
  • ‘Philosophy of Science’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English) Winter 2018, Winter 2017, Winter 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013.
  • ‘First-Order Logic, Critical Thinking, and Game Theory’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Winter 2013, Summer 2012, Winter 2011, Winter 2010, Winter 2008.
  • ‘Topics in Advanced Logic’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German) Winter 2015.
  • ‘Philosophy and Psychology’ [Bachelor-Level], lecture series organized together with Prof. Dr. Piefke (Psychology) Prof. Dr. Kettner (Philosophy), Summer 2015.
  • ‘Popper’s Logic of Discovery’ [Master-Level], one-day workshop with curators and advisors of Witten/Herdecke University, July 2014.
  • 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Science' [Bachelor-Level], University of Bern (in German). Fall 2007.
  • 'Methodology of Economics' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English). Summer 2010.
  • 'Reductionism and Antireductionism in the Philosophy of Science' [Bachelor-Level], University of Bern (in German). Spring 2008
  • 'Game-theoretic aspects of the Philosophy of Science' (Colloquium) [Bachelor-Level], University of Bern (in German). Spring 2008.
  • 'The Inference to the Best Explanation' [Bachelor-Level], University of Bern (in German). Fall 2007.

 

(B) Theoretical Philosophy

 

  • ‘Theoretical Philosophy: Phenomenal Consciousness and The Metaphysics of Properties’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2018.
  • ‘Theoretical Philosophy: Personal Identity and Mental Causation’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2017.
  • ‘Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Summer 2020, Summer 2018, Summer 2017.
  • `The Secret Code of the Social – Explaining and Enabling Community today’, [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Summer 2020.
  • ‘Fundamentals of Philosophy’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Winter 2017, Winter 2015, Winter 2014.
  • 'Introduction to Analytic Philosophy' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2013
  • 'Philosophy of Language' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English). Summer 2012.
  • 'The Problems of Philosophy' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2010:
  • 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English). Summer 2010.
  • 'Causation and Causal Inferences' [Bachelor-Level], University of Bern (in German). Spring 2008.


(C) Practical Philosophy

 

  • ‘Ethics and Political Philosophy’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Winter 2023, Winter 2022, Winter 2021, Winter 2020, Winter 2018
  • ‘Political Philosophy’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Summer 2018, Summer 2017, Winter 2015, Summer 2015.
  • Game Theory and Social Structure’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Summer 2015.
  • ‘Fundamentals of Philosophy’ [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English), Winter 2014.
  • 'Ethics and Economics' [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in English) together with Prof. Dr. Dr. C. Mantzavinos.  Winter 2011.
  • 'Marx, Popper, and Historicism' [Master-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2010.

 

(D) Data Science

 

  • ‘Data Science I: Analytics and Visualizations’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Summer 2023, Summer 2022, Summer 2021, Summer 2020, Summer 2019, Summer 2018, Summer 2017. Co-teaching with Kirill Pomogajko and Daniel Bendel.
  • ‘Data Science II: Hackathon’ [Bachelor-Level], Witten/Herdecke University (in German). Winter 2023, Winter 2022, Winter 2021, Winter 2020, Winter 2019, Winter 2018. Co-teaching with Kirill Pomogajko.