About me:

I am a philosopher working in the field of history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology. Within that broad domain, my research focuses on evolutionary and computational accounts of cognition. Key topics include

  1. situated cognition and cognitive artefacts (‘4E’ cognition, smart environments)
  2. naturalism in the philosophy of mind (teleosemantics, evolution of cognition)
  3. history and philosophy of cognitive science (AI vs cybernetics)

All strands of my work share the leitmotif of evolutionary naturalism, broadly construed. These strands converge in my "habilitation" project (that peculiar Germanic "second PhD"), which was completed in 2015. The thesis is titled "Environments of Intelligence", and presents a take on the role of the environment, and of the natural information it provides, in human cognition. Particular attention is paid to the cognitive bearing of technologies known as 'smart environments'.

The research for this project was mostly funded through my FWF Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship at MCTS, Technical University of Munich (grant no. J3448-G15, project title "From Artificial to Ambient Intelligence", summary  here).

A thoroughly revised and edited version of my venia thesis has been published by Routledge, London, in the "History and Philosophy of Technoscience" series, edited by Alfred Nordmann. Here's the advertisement. An Open Access version (CC BY 4.0) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) under project ref. PUB488-Z24 is available here.

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Last updated: 9 April, 2020