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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag

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Wolfgang Freitag

For me philosophy is a problem-driven enterprise and not, or not primarily, a Weltanschauung or a form of intellectual edification. As philosophy questions also its own foundations, it may be unsettling at times, but I find much comfort in its uncompromising search for truth.

My research interests span wide areas of theoretical philosophy focusing on epistemology, the philosophy of language and mind, logic, and metaphysics. In recent years, I have worked on various topics in the theory of knowledge and in confirmation theory. Currently, I focus on a pragmatic account of psychological expressives which is meant to provide the methodological basis for the discussion of first-person related phenomena such as Moore's Paradox, first-person authority, and the transparency of belief. A side project investigates the ontological foundations of normativity.


Wolfgang Freitag
Alte Universität, 1. OG, R. 01 071
Bertoldstr. 17
79098 Freiburg, Germany 
Tel. +49 (0)761 203-67617
Office hours: Monday 11.00 - 11.30 am (during the semester) and by appointment

Brief Academic CV

From July 2018: Chair of Theoretical Philosophy/Philosophy of Language, Department of Philosophy, University of Mannheim.

2013: Professor for Epistemology and Theory of Science, University College Freiburg/Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg.

2012–2013: Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Heidelberg University.

2011–2012: Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bern.

2010: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz.

20052011: Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz.

2005: PhD at the University of Konstanz.

1993–2001: Studies in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the USA.


I Know. Modal Epistemology and Scepticism, mentis, Münster 2013.

Form and Philosophy. A Topology of Possibility and Representation, Synchron, Heidelberg 2009.

Selected Articles

"Wollen und Sollen," to appear in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie.

"Norm und Sanktion," Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 65, 2017, pp. 436–455 . DOI: 10.1515/dzph-2017-0030.

"Wittgenstein on 'I believe,'" Grazer Philosophische Studien. DOI: 10.1163/18756735-000018.

"The Disjunctive Riddle and the Grue Paradox," dialectica 70, 2016, pp. 185–200.

"Ranks for the Riddle? Spohn Conditionalization and Goodman's Paradox," (with Alexandra Zinke), in W. Freitag, H. Rott, H. Sturm, A. Zinke (eds.): Von Rang und Namen. Essays in Honour of Wolfgang Spohn, mentis, Münster 2016, pp. 107–125.

"I bet you’ll solve Goodman’s Riddle," The Philosophical Quarterly 65 (259), 2015, pp. 254–267.

"Wirklichkeit, Wissen, Wissenschaft. Ein Plädoyer für den kritischen Realismus," in: Franziska C. Eickhoff (ed.): Wissen. Epistemologische Überlegungen aus verschiedenen Disziplinen, Rombach Verlag, Freiburg 2015, pp. 9–25. (Chinese translation published in Tsinghua Studies of Western Philosophy, Vol. II.)

"Sensitivity, Safety, and 'Distant' Epistemic Luck," Theoria 80, 2014, pp. 44–61.

"Frege über 'leider' und 'gottlob,'" in: Bastian Reichardt, Alexander Samans (eds.): Freges Philosophie nach Frege, mentis, Münster, 2014, pp. 161–174.

"Gettier und Garantie," in: Gerhard Ernst, Lisa Marani (eds.): Das Gettierproblem. Eine Bilanz nach 50 Jahren, mentis, Münster 2013, pp. 85–105.

"The Theory of Form Logic" (with Alexandra Zinke), Logic & Logical Philosophy 21, 2012, pp. 363–389.

"Epistemic Contextualism and the Knowability Problem," Acta Analytica 26, 2011, pp. 273–284.

Current Research Projects

think – Language and Self-Consciousness (together with Dr. Katharina Kraus)