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PD Dr. Tobias Henschen

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My main research intersts include general philosophy of science, philosophy of economics and the philosophy of Kant and Heidegger. In general philosophy of science and philosophy of economics, I’m primarily interested in causality. My research in philosophy of economics also focuses on objectivity and the role of values in macroeconomics. In this five-minute video, I provide an outline of my most recent research on macroeconomics. What I find most fascinating about Kant’s philosophy is the architectonic of his work (how is everything linked up?). My 2009 dissertation is concerned with Heidegger’s philosophy of science and language.



In July 2018 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag has changed to the University of Mannheim where he will hold the position of a Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy. The Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science at UCF will be headed by PD Dr. Tobias Henschen starting with the winter semester 2018/19.


PD Dr. Tobias Henschen
Alte Universität, 1:OG, R. 01 071
Bertoldstr. 17
79098 Freiburg, Germany
Office hours: Starting Wintersemester 2018/19 / by appointment

Brief academic CV

From October 2018: Substitute Professor Epistemology and Theory of Science, University College Freiburg

June 2017: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz

Since 2013: Assistant professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz

20112013: Postdoctoral research fellow at the Philosophy Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

20092011: Postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the Philosophy Department of the University of Heidelberg

2009: PhD Philosophy (University of Heidelberg)

20022004: Graduate student / visiting scholar (Georgetown University / Columbia University)

2001: MA Philosophy and Economics

2000: Licence Sciences Économiques (Université de Toulouse 1)



Gebrauch oder Herstellung? Heidegger über Eigentlichkeit, Wahrheit und phänomenologische Methode (monograph). Paderborn: Mentis, 2010.


Selected Publications

“Ceteris paribus conditions and the interventionist account of causality”, Synthese192 (2015/10) 3297-3311. [pdf download here]

“Kant on causal laws and powers”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science48 (2014/4), 20-29. [pdf download here]

Kant’s Pragmatism”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013/1): 165-176. [pdf download here]

“Dreyfus and Haugeland on Heidegger and Authenticity”, Human Studies 35 (2012/1): 95-113. [pdf download here]

“Heideggers Korrektion des göttlichen Worts”, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 51 (2009/3): 289-308.

“Sein und Kunst. Heidegger über Kunstwerke und die angemessene Intention von Dingen”. In Hügli et al. (eds.), Existenz und Sinn. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009.


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