Jens Harbecke
Jens Harbecke 

Academic Employment

October 2015-today: Professor for Theoretical Philosophy and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (parental leave April 2016-March 2017).

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).

University Education

September 2007: Ph.D. in Philosophy at the 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.

Extra-Academic Positions

November 2010-October 2011: Associate of the Stiftung neue Verantwortung Berlin, Germany.

February 2009-March 2009: Academic Assistant (fulltime) at ThyssenKrupp AG, Corporate Materials Management Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany.

Funding

January 2016-December 2018: International Project Coordinator of the Research Project 'The Integration fo Cross-Disciplinary Research in Neuroscience and Social Science - a Methodological Study on Economic Policies and the Neurosciences of Agency', in cooperation with Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Martina Piefke, Matthias Kettner (Witten/Herdecke, Germany), Mareike Kühne (Erfurt, Germany), Jaakko Kuorikoski, Samuli Pöyhönen, Teemu Toppinnen (Helsinki, Finland), Bernard Feltz, Markus Eronen, Olivier Sartenaer, Marcus Missal (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium); funded by the European Commission within the NEURON Initiative; Call: 'European Research Projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects of Neuroscience'.

October 2014 - September 2017: Grant by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (in cooperation with Vera Hoffmann-Kolss, Köln, and Oron Shagrir, Jerusalem); project: 'Causation and Computation in Cognitive Neuroscience'; regular program.

October 2013-March 2014: Scholarship of the DFG (German Science Foundation) for Research Project 'The properties of mechanistic constitution' at Washington University St. Louis. Host: Prof. Carl Craver.

April 2011-September 2011: Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for Research Project 'The logic of discovery of mechanistic explanations in neurobiology' at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Host: Prof. Oron Shagrir.

2010-2011: Fellowship of the Buber Society of Fellows, Jerusalem (elected, not taken up).

2009-2010: Minerva Fellowship (Minerva Foundation, Munich Germany) for a research visit in Tel Aviv; Project: 'Natural kinds in the special and the physical sciences'.

2004-2007: Scholarship of the Swiss National Fund (FNS); Research Project 'Mental Causation and Reductionism'; grant no: 10011-105218/1s.

Academic Activities

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.

2007-2008: Auditor of the Swiss Graduate Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SGSLPS).

Membership: Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) e.V.; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie e.V. (DGPhil); Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP) e.V.; Society for Mind-Matter Research; European Philosophy of Science (EPSA).

Conferences & Workshops organized

September 2013 (jointly with Vera Hoffmann-Kolss and Oron Shagrir): International Workshop on 'Interlevel Relations in Cognitive Neuroscience' at the University of Cologne. Speakers: Eli Dresner (Tel Aviv), Marie Kaiser (Cologne), Beate Krickel (Berlin), Arnon Levy (Jerusalem), Holger Lyre (Magdeburg), Gualtiero Piccinini (St. Louis), Tom Polger (Cincinnati), Markus Schrenk (Cologne), Larry Shapiro (Wisconsin-Madison), Hong-Yu Wong (Tübingen).

July 2012: Workshop on 'Supervenience, Mechanistic Constitution, and Proportionality' at Witten/Herdecke University. External speakers: Kenneth Aizawa (CC of Louisiana), Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois), Oron Shagrir (Jerusalem), Maria Kronfeldner (Bielefeld), Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Osnabrück), Patrice Soom (Düsseldorf).

January 2011 (jointly with Vera Hoffmann-Kolss): Workshop on 'Constitutive Explanations and Supervenience' at Witten/Herdecke University. External speakers: Michael Baumgartner (Konstanz), Frank Hofmann (Luxembourg), Andreas Hüttemann (Köln), Manfred Kupffer (Frankfurt).

May 2010 (jointly with Chrysostomos Mantzavinos): Workshop on 'Scientific Explanation', at Witten/Herdecke University. External speakers: Michael Strevens (NYU), Andreas Hüttemann (Köln).

June 2008 (jointly with Alessandro Facchini and Christian W. Bach): Annual Conference of the SGSLPS in Bern, 2008: 'Epistemic Game Theory and Laws of Nature', at the University of Lausanne. External speaker: Stephen Mumford (Nottingham).

September 2007 (jointly with Michael Esfeld and Georg Sparber): Conference 'Mental Causation and Externalism', at the University of Lausanne. External speakers: Pascal Engel (Geneva), Holger Lyre (Bonn), Albert Newen (Tübingen), Martine Nida-Rümelin (Fribourg), David Papineau (London), Markus Schrenk (Nottingham), Giovanni Tuzet (Bocconi), Gottfried Vosgerau (Tübingen).

September 2007 (jointly with Alessandro Facchini and Christian W. Bach): Annual Conference of the SGSLPS in Lausanne, 2007: 'Epistemic Logic and Philosophy of Game Theory'. External speakers: Jeremy van Benthem (Amsterdam, Stanford), Ken Binmore (London, UK).

Teaching

Summer 2017: 'Political Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

 

Summer 2017: 'Philosophy of the Social Sciences', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

 

Summer 2017: 'Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

 

Summer 2017: 'Data Science for the Future Firm', together with Kirill Pomogajko, Witten/Herdecie University (in German)

 

Summer 2017: 'Evidence-Based Management', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

 

Winter 2015: 'Political Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2015: 'Themes in Advanced Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Winter 2015: 'Introduction to Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2015: 'Philosophy of Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2015: 'Research Colloquium in Philosophy of Cognitive Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2015: 'Political Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2015: 'Lecture Series Psychology and Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2015: 'Game Theory and Social Structure', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2015: 'Philosophy of Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2014: 'Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2014: 'Philosophy of Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2014: 'Critical Thinking, First-Order Logic, and Game Theory', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Summer 2014: 'Philosophy of Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2013: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2013: 'Philosophy of Science', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2013: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2013: 'Introduction to Analytical Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Summer 2012: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2012: 'Philosophy of Language', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Winter 2011: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Winter 2011: 'Ethics and Economics', Witten/Herdecke University (in English) together with Prof. Dr. Dr. C. Mantzavinos.

Winter 2010: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Winter 2010: 'Marx, Popper, and Historicism', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Winter 2010: 'The Problems of Philosophy', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Summer 2010: 'The Philosophy of the Social Sciences', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2010: 'Methodology of Economics', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2010: 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind', Witten/Herdecke University (in English).

Summer 2009: 'The Philosophy of the Social Sciences', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Winter 2008: 'Introduction to Formal Logic', Witten/Herdecke University (in German).

Spring 2008: 'Reductionism and Antireductionism in the Philosophy of Science', University of Bern (in German).

Spring 2008: 'Causation and Causal Inferences', University of Bern (in German).

Spring 2008: 'Game-theoretic aspects of the Philosophy of Science' (Colloquium), University of Bern (in German).

Fall 2007: 'The Inference to the Best Explanation', University of Bern (in German).

Fall 2007: 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Science', University of Bern (in German).