Anne Sophie Meincke

Philosophy, Literature & Arts
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About Me

I am a philosopher who works at the intersection of metaphysics, the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind and action. I am convinced that bringing together these fields is indispensable for tackling many of the big questions of philosophy. I also engage with debates in feminist philosophy and draw on the history of philosophy, especially on Kant and the European philosophy of the 19th and 20th century. Themes of my academic research include personhood and personal identity, biological identity and the concept of life, agency and free will, dispositional realism, persistence, the nature of processes, the metaphysics of pregnancy and meta-metaphysics. 

As a writer and artist I do what I do as a philosopher, just with different means. I try out new perspectives, combine what has not been combined so far and make visible what we tend to overlook or even avoid looking at. My (art)work has been called geographical because much of it centres around the magic of places. I like to unveil the hidden beauty and promises of everyday situations and locations. And I depict the vulnerability and melancholy of the passing moment. My portfolio includes poetry, faction novel, photography, paintings and drawings as well as blends of these.

 

 

 

Academic Positions

2019 - 

PI of the research project Bio-Agency and Natural Freedom at the University of Vienna, Austria, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (Elise Richter Programme)

2018 - 2019

Senior Research Fellow in the research project Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy at the University of Southampton, UK, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (PI: Prof Elselijn Kingma)

2014 - 2018

Senior Research Fellow in the research project A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology at the University of Exeter, UK, funded by the European Research Council (PI: Prof John Dupré).

2011 - 2014

Research Fellow in the research project Powers and the Identity of Agents at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (PI: Prof Edmund Runggaldier)

2008 - 2011

Teaching and Research Assistant at Chair II for Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany (Chair Holder: Prof Axel Hutter)

 

Academic Education

2012

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

Dr. phil. in Philosophy

Title of the PhD thesis: Auf dem Kampfplatz der Metaphysik.

Kritische Studien zur transtemporalen Identität von Personen

2003

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

Magister Artium in German Language and Literature of the Middle Ages

Title of the Master Thesis: Finalität und Erzählstruktur.

Die Dido-Episode in Heinrichs von Veldeke Eneasroman

 

Awards and Distinctions

2020

2020 SILFS Prize for Women in Logic and the Philosophy of Science Italian Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science (SILFS) 

2020 -

Elected Member of the Young Academy
of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW) 

2019 -

Elise Richter research project  "Bio-Agency and Natural Freedom"
(48 months, € 341,176.50 ), Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 

2018 - 2020

Honorary Research Fellow
Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

2015/16

Annual Conference Grant of the Institute of Philosophy London, UK

for the organisation of an interdisciplinary conference
on Biological Identity

2014

Prize for Scientific Research at the University of Innsbruck,
awarded by the City of Innsbruck, Austria

2014

Printing subsidies for the publication of the PhD thesis, 
Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften

2011

Dissertation Completion Scholarship, 
Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

2005 - 2008

PhD Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

1999 - 2003

Scholarships from the Friedrich Nauman Foundation and the
German National Academic Foundation

 

Contact Me

Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna, Austria

anne.sophie.meincke@univie.ac.at

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