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Dr. Katharina Kraus

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My research interests are centered on the history of modern philosophy, especially Immanuel Kant, and on philosophy of mind and psychology. My current research concerns Kant's conception of empirical self-knowledge as well as the first-person perspective, including such issues as its special epistemic status, its relation to rationality, and its relevance for scientific psychology. I am also interested in general epistemology and philosophy of science.


As of January 1st, Katharina Kraus will be Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. She will continue to conduct research at the University of Freiburg.

Katharina Kraus
Alte Universität, 1. OG, R. 01031b
Bertoldstr. 17
79089 Freiburg, Germany 
Tel. +49 (0)761 203-67678

Research Project

"The First Person – Semantic, Epistemic, and Scientific Perspectives"

Brief Academic Curriculum Vitae

2014: Assistant Professor, University College Freiburg/Department of Philosophy, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg (Germany)

2013–2014: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Martin Buber Society, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

2013: PhD in Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (UK)

2010: MPhil, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (UK)

2008: Diploma in Physics, Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg (Germany)

Selected Publications

(Forthcoming) "Contemporary Kantian Philosophy of Science". In: Sorin Baiasu/Mark Timmons (eds.), The Kantian Mind, London: Routledge.

(Forthcoming) "Innere Erfahrung und 'ich' als Objekt". In: Violetta Waibel/Margit Ruffing (eds.), Akten des XII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, Berlin: De Gruyter.

(In print) "Kant's I think and the self-ascription of mental states". In: Huang Yusheng (ed.), Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy, Tsinghua University, China.

(2015) "Tierheit", "Über den Gebrauch teleologischer Prinzipien in der Philosophie". In: Georg Mohr, Jürgen Stolzenberg, Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Kant-Lexikon, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.

(2013) "Quantifying inner experience? – Kant's mathematical principles in the context of empirical psychology". European Journal of Philosophy (online publication Dec. 2013: DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12068).

(2013) "Kants zwei Standpunkte und die Möglichkeit der Naturerkenntnis". In: Myriam Gerhardt, Christine Zunke (eds.), Die Natur denken, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 143–167.

(2011) "Kant and the 'soft sciences'" – Essay Review of Thomas Sturm's 'Kant und die Wissenschaften vom Menschen'. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 42, 618–624.


In preparation:

Kant on the Nature of Inner Experience (monograph). Content & Summary



My teaching covers topics in the history of modern philosophy, in philosophy of mind, and in philosophy of science.

Current Research Projects

think – Language and Self-Consciousness (together with Prof. Wolfgang Freitag)


Past Conferences

A dialogue between Kant and the sciences. Exploring new perspectives in history and philosophy of science. (TU Dortmund; 9–11 July 2015).