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Jan G. Michel

Research foci and interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, e.g., on the question of whether machines can perform speech acts. Currently, I am working in particular on the development of a philosophy of scientific discovery – a whole new field of research that touches not only the aforementioned areas, but also epistemology, social ontology, and scientific practice. Indispensable to my research is close collaboration with other disciplines and fields of research (including cognitive science, linguistics, physics, biology, literature, theology, cultural studies, economics, and environmental studies).

In addition, I am interested in questions of environmental philosophy (esp. A. Leopold, A. Næss, holism), history of philosophy (Descartes, Spinoza, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Vienna Circle, Ordinary Language Philosophy) and history of science (Galileo, John Herschel, Darwin, Einstein).

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