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.


Call for Participation: What Do We Do When We Do Metaphysics?
Düsseldorf Graduate Workshop 2018

From 30th to 31st August 2018, the Haus der Universität hosts an international graduate workshop on  Metaphysics and Metametaphysics, seeking to answer questions like: What methods can be used to answer (certain) metaphysical questions? Are there metaphysical questions that cannot be answered? Are metaphysical concepts value-laden?

Participation is free of charge. However, please register in advance by sending a short undefinedmail to the organisers stating your name and your affiliation.

Recent Publications

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.


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 15:15-16:15
Out of term: by appointment

Please make an appointment by sending an e-mail.

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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