Professorship Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk

Welcome to Markus Schrenk’s website.

In my research and teaching I focus on metaphysics, especially metaphysics of science (laws, dispositions, causation, modality), epistemology, philosophy of language and science. I am interested in Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, logical empiricism, philosophy of art and analytic existentialism.

I give lectures and seminars within the above mentioned fields, and especially the recurring beginners lectures Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, and Logic.


2nd Düsseldorf Graduate Workshop for Philosophy: 
On What There Isn't

In September 2019, University Dusseldorf’s Haus der Universität will be hosting the 2nd Düsseldorf Graduate Workshop for Philosophy on imagination, impossibilities and counterfactual reasoning with keynotes by Ruth Byrne (Dublin), Dominic Gregory (Sheffield), and Margot Strohminger (Oxford). Master's and PhD students who want to participate are warmly invited to undefinedsubmit an abstract until 15/05/2019.

Recent Publications

Metaphysics of Science
by Julia F. Göhner und Markus Schrenk

Meta2physics. Special Issue of the Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Edited by Julia F. Göhner, Kristina Engelhard and Markus Schrenk

This collection of papers tackles some of the issues that have been pressed by the critics of naturalised metaphysics, and which have, up to now, been generally neglected. They take on the question of mutual dependencies between metaphysics and science, and address the debate’s disadvantageous fixation on contributions by the natural sciences. In doing so, our authors underline the complexity and breadth of the relationship between metaphysics and science, which is all too easily lost sight of when you are emerged in the details of the contemporary debate over the naturalisation of metaphysics.

Handbuch Metaphysik
By Markus Schrenk

Metaphysik als die zentrale Disziplin der Philosophie befasst sich mit den grundsätzlichen Fragen nach dem Sein, dem Wesen der Dinge in der Welt und ihren Relationen zueinander. Ihre Einsichten bilden die Grundlage für zahlreiche andere, nicht nur philosophische Disziplinen. Das Handbuch umfasst ausgehend von der Frage, was es überhaupt gibt, sämtliche Teilbereiche der Metaphysik, vom Problem der Existenz über Raum und Zeit, Wissenschaftsmetaphysik, Logik und Semantik bis hin zur Frage nach dem Status der Metaphysik selbst. Es enthält zudem einen ausführlichen Überblick über die Geschichte und die Methoden metaphysischen Denkens.

Metaphysics of Science
A Systematic and Historical Introduction
By Markus Schrenk

Metaphysics and science have a long but troubled relationship. In the twentieth century the Logical Positivists argued metaphysics was irrelevant and that philosophy should be guided by science. However, metaphysics and science attempt to answer many of the same, fundamental questions: What are laws of nature? What is causation? What are natural kinds?


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk

Building: 23.32
Floor/Room: U1.69
Phone +49 211 81-12920
Fax +49 211 81-11750

Visiting time

Term time: Thu 16:30-17:30
Out of term: by appointment

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Secretary's office

Dr. Eva Kellner

Building: 23.32
Floor/Room: U1.68
Phone +49 211 81-12321
Fax +49 211 81-14338

Visiting time

Mon.-Fri. 10:00 - 15:00

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