I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

From May 2015 I will be a Postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin working in the research group “Global challenges in economic and environmental ethics” of the IRI THESys, that is, the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems.

In my dissertation I put forward a novel account of group agency in hierarchically structured groups. Examples for such groups are bureaucratic organisations, some private corporations, and the military, to name a few. Existing accounts of group agency have overlooked the problem of how to assign individual contributions to the actions of hierarchical groups. I develop a framework to address this gap and several puzzling phenomena in the domain of individual agency, such as omissions and mental actions.




Research

Research Articles

Epistemic landscapes, optimal search and the division of cognitive labor

With Jason Alexander and Chris Thompson. Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science.

Abstract: This paper examines two questions about scientists’ search for knowledge. First, which search strategies generate discoveries effectively? Second, is it advantageous to diversify search strategies? We argue pace Weisberg and Muldoon (2009) that, on the first question, a search strategy that deliberately seeks novel research approaches need not be optimal. On the second question, we argue they have not shown epistemic reasons exist for the division of cognitive labor, identifying the errors that led to their conclusions.  Furthermore, we generalize the epistemic landscape model, showing that one should be skeptical about the benefits of social learning in epistemically complex environments.

Paper: penultimate version, online-first.

Additional material: The model used for this article is written using NetLogo. The source code of our model is available here. It involves a swarm strategy, which draws on the model by Couzin et al. (2005) and the Boids model. You can find a simple simulation that I wrote to study the behaviour of this model here.

Book Reviews

From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays, edited by Sara Rachel Chant, Frank Hindriks, and Gerhard Preyer. Oxford University Press

forthcoming in Economics and Philosophy.

Abstract: First, I summarize select contributions focussing mostly on social ontology. Second, I point to some flaws in particular arguments, and illustrate the potential of seeking synergies with related debates in the philosophy of mind. Third, I put forward the hypothesis that some disagreements between participants in the debate are merely verbal.

Paper: here.




Teaching

Here are courses that I have taught either as a primary instructor or as a teaching assistant (in the case of LSE courses).

  • Business Ethics,
    London School of Economics, Lent Term 2014.
  • Agency, Responsibility and Artificial Intelligence,
    University of Bayreuth, Winter 2014.
  • Ethics of Exchange, Allocation and Efficiency,
    University of Bayreuth, Summer 2013.
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences,
    London School of Economics, 2012-13.
  • Policy Evaluation and Cost-Benefit-Analysis,
    University of Bayreuth, Winter 2012.
  • Reason, Knowledge and Values,
    London School of Economics, 2011-12.