Members & Contact

Prof. Dr. Jens Harbecke

Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke) holds a professorship for Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. His research focuses on constitutive, mechanistic, and computational explanations in economics and the cognitive sciences. He also works on questions about causality and the metaphysics of mind and on counterfactual and regularity theories of causation. Within the GeSiMEx Project, his focus is on simplicity measures in mechanistic and constitutive explanations and the development of a heuristics for mechanistic model choice.

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Prof. Dr. Holger Lyre

Holger Lyre is Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Magdeburg. His research areas comprise philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of neurocognition and philosophy of physics. He has worked, among other things, on structural realism, semantic externalism, extended cognition, reductionism and, more recently, AI and structural models of phenomenality. Within the GeSiMEx Project, his focus is on models at the intersection between AI, machine learning and computational neuroscience.

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Prof. Dr. Carlos Zednik

Carlos Zednik (TU Eindhoven) works on philosophical and methodological issues in cognitive science and artificial intelligence. His primary focus is on scientific explanation, especially questions that arise from the use of computational and mathematical models to discover and describe cognitive mechanisms. In the context of the GeSiMEx Project, he intends to explore the role of generalizability in mechanistic explanation, and in particular, the use of computational models to explain the behavior of natural and artificial cognitive systems.

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Jonas Grunau

Jonas Grunau studies Philosophy, Politics, Economics (B.A.) at Witten/Herdecke University. He works for the Professorship of Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Until recently, he held statistics tutoring sessions. In the GeSiMEx project, Jonas Grunau will analyze model selection in statistics to see which lessons can be drawn for multi-level mechanistic explanations.

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Philip Samanek

Philip Samanek is currently studying Human Decision Science (M.Sc.) at the University of Maastricht. During his studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (B.A.) at Witten/Herdecke University, he worked for three years at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. He brings to the GeSiMEX project his knowledge of neuroscientific and psychological models of decision making.

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Carla Nassisi

Carla Nassisi is completing her studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (M.A.) at Witten/Herdecke University, with a major in International Economics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan (Italy). She is currently working on her Master’s Thesis in philosophy of science, focussing on the question of epistemic objectivity of neuroeconomic models.

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