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Dr. phil. Fabian Hundertmark

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Abteilung Philosophie
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 10 01 31
D - 33501 Bielefeld

Fabian Hundertmark


+49 521 106-4593
Gebäude X A4-250

Research Interests
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Biology

What is a mental disorder?

My current project

What is a mental disorder? My project aims to answer this basic question of the philosophy of psychiatry. Crucial to answering it is observing that there are actually two related questions. On the one hand, there is the conceptual question of when a person is mentally disordered. On the other hand, there is the classification question of what constitutes types of mental disorders. This distinction allows me to reject naturalistic answers to the conceptual question without denying their relevance to the classification question.

This research is carried out as part of the project “Complex Biological Dispositions: A Case Study in the Metaphysics of Biological Practice” (2020-2023) and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is a subproject in the research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495).

Mind and Function: Teleosemantics beyond Selected Effects

My doctoral project

Perceptual representations are either correct or incorrect. Their correctness depends on their content and on the way the world is. Teleosemantics delivers compelling explanations of why our perceptual representations have contents, whereby it assigns the notion of "function" a central explanatory role.

In my thesis, I searched for a theory of function suited for this purpose. After a detailed evaluation of the selected effects theory and dispositional theories, I argue that synthesis is best suited to be used by teleosemantics.

This research was carried out as part of the DFG-project "Advancing Teleosemantics".

  • 13. September 2021 What are causal bases of dispositions? together with María Ferreira Ruiz at the Microworkshop Dispositions and the life-sciences, Bielefeld
  • 9. September 2021 Produktive Biologische Funktionen at the XXV. Congress of the German Society for Philosophy, Erlangen-Nuremberg (online)
  • 3. February 2019 Varitel Semantics and Analog Productivity at the Workshop Representations in Cognitive Science, Bochum
  • 31. January 2019 Generics in Theories of Functions at the book symposium Biological Functions: From Zebra Stripes to Synapses, Bielefeld
  • 20. September 2018 Knowledge, Cognitive Abilities, and Sufficient Causes together with Steven Kindley at the GAP.10 - Vielfalt in der Philosophie und darüber hinaus, Colone
  • 8. September 2018 Perceptual Contents and Biological Response Functions at the conference The Future of Teleosemantics, Bielefeld
  • 25. September 2017 Ein ätiologisch-epistemisches Argument für den ontologischen Naturalismus at the XXIV Congress of the German Society for Philosophy - Norm and Nature, Berlin
  • 7. September 2017 Explaining How to Perceive the New at the Workshop Teleosemantics and the Nature of Functions, Bielefeld
  • 22. August 2017 Teleosemantics and Selected Dispositions at the European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP 9), Munich
  • 8. September 2016 Productive Functions and Etiological Disposion Theory Round Table Discussion on the topic of "Philosophical Theories of Biological Function" with Thomas Bonnin and Alessandra Passariello at the European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences 2016, Vienna (Autria)
  • 12. Juli 2016 Warum Mary nicht weiß, dass sie Qualia hat: Das ätiologisch-epistemische Argument für den Physikalismus at the Arbeitskreis Bewusstsein, Münster
  • 15. September 2015 Produktivität als Problem für die Teleosemantik at the GAP.9 - Philosophie zwischen Lehnstuhl und Labor, Osnabrück
  • 6. Juli 2013 Content Determinacy Challenges togeth with Peter Schulte at the author's colloquium with Karen Neander „Teleosemantics - The Natural and the Normative“, Fribourg (Swizerland)
  • 14. September 2012 Nichtabgeleitete Repräsentationen und die These des erweiterten Geistes at the Salzburger Tagung für Junge Analytische Philosophie 2012, Salzburg (Autria)

SoSe 2022

WiSe 2021/2022

SoSe 2021

  • Irritability, Toxicity, and Fragility: The Puzzling Metaphysics of Dispositions (eKVV Link)

WiSe 2020/2021

  • Introduction to Epistemology (eKVV Link)
  • Beginners course: Introduction to Epistemology (eKVV Link)
  • The study of mental illness (eKVV Link)

SoSe 2020

  • Writing course: Scientific Explanation (eKVV Link)

WiSe 2019/2020

  • Philosophy of Psychiatry (eKVV Link)
  • Biological Functions: Natural Normativity and its Philosophical Relevance (With authors colloquium) (eKVV Link)

SoSe 2019

  • Writing course: Animal minds (eKVV Link)
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (eKVV Link)

WiSe 2018/2019

WiSe 2016/2017

SoSe 2015

  • Varieties of Meaning in Language and Thought: Ruth Millikans Biosemantics (eKVV Link)

SoSe 2014

WiSe 2012/2015 - WiSe 2014/2015

  • Tutorials for the basic courses Theoretical and Practical Philosophy
  • Profile at PhilPapers: Link
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