Dr. Raphael van Riel

Institut für Philosophie II
Fakultät für Philosophie und Erziehungswissenschaft
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

seit 2013
Dilthey-Fellowship der Volkswagen Stiftung

Postdoc at the Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Visiting Fellow at the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Netherlands

2006 – 2010
PhD at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

2000 – 2006
Studied in Hamburg and Paris Philosophy, Political Science and PSychology

My PhD-thesis is concerned with the relation that holds between different theories or different sciences, which are concerned with the same domain (for example: psychology and neuroscience; parts of chemistry and physics; every-day theorizing about different phenomena (heat, lightning, society, ... and the corresponding scientific theories). It comprises metaphysical and logical aspects. Currently, I am working on the topic of explanatory power (i.e. the dimension of an explanation which is tied to understanding, or cognition, or rationality), and on methods in philosophy.

Weitere Interessen:
I am interested in topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and metaphysics, but also in critical theory and some topics of moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Moreover, I am interested in issues in aesthetics as well as politics (although in these areas, this is at best semi-professional).