Anne Sophie Meincke

Philosophy, Literature & Arts
 

About Me

I am a philosopher who works at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of biology. I am convinced that bringing together the perspectives and insights of these disciplines is indispensable with regard to many of the big questions of philosophy. I also draw on the multifarious resources provided by the history of philosophy. 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

September 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 - 

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
(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 (magna com laude)

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 (very good)

Title of the Master Thesis: Finalität und Erzählstruktur. Die Dido-Episode in Heinrichs von Veldeke Eneasroman

 

Awards and Distinctions

2019 -

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

2018 -

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

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Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis)
University of Exeter, UK

anne.sophie.meincke@univie.ac.at

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