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Dr. Philipp Haueis

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Dr. Philipp Haueis


+49 521 106-4585
Gebäude X A4-232
  • 04/2024–06/2024: Visting scholar, Department for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • 09/2019 - 02/2020: Visting scholar, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • 10/2018 - present: Assistant professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit), Department of Philosophy, Bielefeld University
  • 06/2018 - 09/2018: Visting scholar, Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin
  • 10/2014 - 03/2018: PhD in philosophy and neuroscience, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Department of Philosophy, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/2015 - 11/2015 & 05/2017: - 06/2017 Visting PhD student, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University St. Louis
  • 01/2013 - 06/2013: Visiting scholar, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Department of Philosophy, UBC Vancouver
  • 09/2012 - 12/2017: Visiting scholar, Research Group Neuroanatomy and Connectivity, Max Planck Institute Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
  • 12/2010 - 12/2012: Research assistant, Department of Philosophy and Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion, Free University Berlin
  • 10/2010 - 11/2012: M.A. Philosophy, Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 10/2007 - 08/2010: B.A. Philosophy (Major) und Economics (minor), Humboldt-University Berlin


Philosophy of Neuroscience: Epistemology of Neuroscientific Experiments, Functional Analysis and Mechanisms, Organizational Units of the Brain, Conceptual and Tool Development

General Philosophy of Science: Concepts and Concept Formation in Scientific Practice, Exploratory Experiments, Methodology in the Sciences and the Humanities, Discovery and Pursuit in Science

Science and Society: Critical Neuroscience, Climate Science, Policymaking and Activism



Philosophy of Language: Theories of Concepts, Conceptual Engineering

Philosophy of Mind: Animal Cognition, Situated Cognition, Phenomenology

Philosophy of climate science: Local Climate Knowledge, Downscaling Climate Data for Policy-Making

Peer-reviewed journal articles


Haueis, P. (forthcoming). Climate concepts for supporting political goals of mitigation and adaptation: the case for “climate crisis”. WIREs Climate Change.

Schütze, P., & Haueis, P. (2023). Philosophy and the Climate Crisis: An Agenda for Change. Public Philosophy Journal 5(1). doi: 10.59522/FVEV4518

Haueis, P. (2023). Exploratory Concept Formation and Tool Development in Neuroscience. Philosophy of Science 90(2), 354-375. doi: 10.1017/psa.2022.79.

Novick, R. & Haueis, P. 2023). Patchworks and Operations. European Journal of Philosophy of Science 13(1): 1–21. doi: 10.1007/s13194-023-00515-y.

Casper, M.-O. & Haueis, P. (2022). Stuck in Between. Phenomenology‘s Explanatory Dilemma and Its Role in Experimental Practice. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Haueis, P. & Kästner, L. (2022) Mechanistic Inquiry and Scientific Pursuit: The Case of Visual Processing. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 93, 123-135. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2022.03.007

Haueis, P. & Slaby, J. (2022). Humanities as Conceptual Practices: The Formation and Development of High-Impact Concepts in Philosophy and Beyond. Metaphilosophy. ​doi: 10.1111/meta.12551

Haueis, P. (2022b). Descriptive Multiscale Modeling in Data-Driven Neuroscience. Synthese 200,129. doi: 10.1007/s11229-022-03551-y

Haueis, P. (2021a). A Generalized Patchwork Approach to Scientific Concepts. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, doi: 10.1086/71617

Haueis, P. (2021b). The Death of the Cortical Column? Patchwork Structure and Conceptual Retirement in Neuroscientific Practice. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A 85, 101–113, doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.09.010

Haueis, P. (2021c). Multiscale Modeling of Cortical Gradients: The Role of Mesoscale Circuits for Linking Macro- and Microscale Gradients of Cortical Organization and Hierarchical Information Processing. NeuroImage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117846

Kästner, L. & Haueis, P. (2019). Discovering Patterns: On the Norms of Mechanistic Inquiry. Erkenntnis 174. doi: 10.1007/s10670-019-00174-7

Haueis, P. (2018). Beyond Cognitive Myopia: A Patchwork Approach to the Concept of Neural FunctionSynthese doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-01991-z

Haueis, P. (2016). The Life of the Cortical Column. Opening the Domain of Functional Architecture of the Cortex (1955-1981). History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 38(3):2 doi: 10.1007/s40656-016-0103-4.

Haueis, P. (2014). Meeting the Brain on its own TermsFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 8(815), doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00815

Haueis, P. (2013). Vagueness and Mechanistic Explanation in Neuroscience. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 38, 251-275.

Haueis, P. (2012). The Fuzzy Brain. Vagueness and Mapping Connectivity in the Human Cerebral CortexFrontiers in Neuroanatomy 6(37), doi: 10.3389/fnana.2012.00037.




Burnston, D. & Haueis, P. (2021). Evolving Concepts of “Hierarchy” in Systems Neuroscience. In M. Viola and F. Calzavarini (eds.), Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in the Philosophy of Neuroscience. Berlin: Springer (pp. 113–141).

Haueis, P. and Slaby J. (2017). Connectomes as Constitutively Epistemic Objects. Critical Perspectives on Modelling in Current Neuroanatomy. In T. Mahfoud, S. McLean and N. Rose (eds.). Progress in Brain Research Vol 233: The Making and Use of Animal Models in Neuroscience and Psychiatry. Amsterdam: Academic Press (pp. 149-177).


Burns, R., Margulies, D. and Haueis, P. (2019). From Regions to Networks: Neuroimaging Approaches to Mapping Brain Organization. In: R. Thibault and A. Raz (eds). Casting Light on the Dark Side of Brain Imaging. Amsterdam: Academic Press, (pp. 135-138). doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-816179-1.00023-2

Haueis, P. and Slaby, J. (2015). Brain in the Shell. Assessing the Stakes and the Transformative Potential of the Human Brain Project. In J. de Vos and E. Pluth (eds.), Neuroscience and Critique. London: Routledge (pp. 117-140)

Slaby, J., Haueis, P. and Choudhury, S. (2012). Neuroscience as Applied Hermeneutics: Towards a Critical Neuroscience of Political Theory. In: F. Vander Valk (ed.), Essays on Neuroscience and Political Theory: Thinking the Body Politic. New York: Routledge (pp. 50-73).

Winter term 2023/2024

  • Seminar: (Philosophical Writing): Empirical Study of the Mind (German)
  • Graduate Seminar: Models in Science and Policy (German)

Summer term 2023

  • Graduate Seminar: Philosophy of Psychedelics
  • Seminar: Nietzsche, Foucault and the Method of Genealogy (German)

Winter term 2022/23

  • Seminar: "Science and Democracy" (German)
  • Seminar: Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Summer term 2022

  • Graduate Seminar: "Race" and Racism in Philosophy and Science" (German)
  • Seminar: Technology in Science and Society

Winter term 2021/2022

  • Seminar: (Philosophical Writing): Science and Responsibility (German)

Summer term 2021

  • Seminar: Experiment and Decomposition in the Life Sciences
  • Seminar: Holism in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Mind (German)

Winter term 2020/2021

  • Seminar (Philosophischer Einstieg): Climate Science and Climate Crisis (German)
  • Graduate Seminar (joint seminar with JProf Lena Kästner) Discovery, Pursuit and Justification in Science

Summer term 2020

  • Graduate Seminar “Brain Doping, Genetic Corn, Mass Extinction and Pandemics: Societal Issues in the Life Sciences"
  • Graduate Seminar "Theories of the Brain: from Freud to Friston" (German)

Summer term 2019

  • Seminar "The empirical investigation of the mind: cognition and consciousness" (German)
  • Seminar "Interpretations Everywhere? On the Relation between the Sciences and the Humanities (German)

Winter term 2018/19

  • Seminar “Philosophical Writing: Embodiment and Extended Mind” (German)
  • Graduate Seminar “Concepts and Conceptual Analysis: New Perspectives from Experimental Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Science” (German)
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