Teaching Statement

As an academic teacher of philosophy, my core aim is to encourage students to think for themselves. Transferring knowledge is important. However, at least as important is to initiate and foster the process of critical thinking, a process that makes us realise that there are fewer knowable ‘hard’ facts than we tend to think – in philosophy and elsewhere. I take this indeed to be one of the key lessons to be learnt from philosophy. Accordingly, I strive to endow my students with a capacity for rigorous analytical reasoning that allows to combine intellectual humility with a robust passion for knowledge and truth.

 

Courses Taught in Philosophy

University of Exeter, United Kingdom

  • 1st-year core module “Philosophical Readings 2: Nietzsche”, spring term 2018 (1.5 hrs lecture + 2 x 1hrs tutorials per week)
     

  • Invited lecture on “Process Ontology” within the Undergraduate Course “Fundamental Ontology”, taught by Dr Jonathan Davies, 15th March 2017

Ludwig Franzen University Innsbruck, Austria

  • Master/PhD Seminar “Hans Jonas: Organismus und Freiheit” (“Hans Jonas: Organism and Freedom”), winter term 2014/15
     

  • Master/PhD Seminar “Können Tiere handeln? Einführung in die biologische Handlungstheorie”/ “Can Animals Act? Introduction to Biological Action Theory”, summer term 2014 (taught partly in English)
     

  • Master/PhD Seminar “Philosophische Theorien des Organismus im Kontext der modernen Biologie” (“Philosophical Theories of the Organism in the Context of Contemporary Biology”), winter term 2012/13

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

  • Undergraduate Seminar “Einführung in die Philosophie Henri Bergsons” (“Introduction to the Philosophy of Henri Bergson”), summer term 2010 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate Essay Writing Course, supplementing the Undergraduate Seminar “Einführung in die Philosophie Henri Bergsons” (“Introduction to the Philosophy of Henri Bergson”), summer term 2010 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Master/PhD Essay Writing Course “Kant, Kritik der reinen Vernunft: Transzendentale Dialektik” (“Kant: Critique of Pure Reason: Transcendental Dialectic”), winter term 2009/10 (3 hrs per week)
     

  • Summer School Course “Martin Heidegger: Sein und Zeit” (“Martin Heidegger: Being and Time”), July 10-12, 2009 
     

  • Master/PhD Essay Writing Course “Die ontologische Differenz bei Heidegger: Die Grundprobleme der Phänomenologie (1927)” (“The Ontological Difference in Heidegger: The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (1927)”), summer term 2009 (1.5 hrs per week)  
     

  • Tutorial “Philosophisches Coaching” (“Philosophical Coaching”), open to students of all levels, summer term 2009 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Master/PhD Essay Writing Course “Descartes: Meditationen über die Erste Philosophie” (“Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy”), winter term 2008/09 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate & Master/PhD Reading Course “Heidegger: Die Grundprobleme der Phänomenologie (1927)” (“Heidegger: The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (1927)”), winter term 2008/09 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate & Master/PhD Reading Course “Was dachte Descartes wirklich? Lektürekurs zur cartesischen Metaphysik” (“What Did Descartes Really Think? Reading Course on Cartesian Metaphysics”, summer term 2008 (1.5 hrs per week)

 

Christian Albrecht University Kiel, Germany

  • Tutorial “Platon: Gorgias”, summer term 2001 (1.5 hrs per week)

Courses Taught in German Literature

  • Undergraduate Course "Introduction to Middle High German", summer term 2001 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate Course "Introduction to Middle High German", winter term 2000/01 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate Course "Introduction to Middle High German", summer term 2000 (1.5 hrs per week)
     

  • Undergraduate Course "Introduction to Middle High German", winter term 1999/2000 (1.5 hrs per week)