Gregor M. Hörzer

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy and scientific coordinator of the RTG 'Situated Cognition', based at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University, Germany. I mostly work on topics in the metaphysics of science and mind, and my thinking is deeply rooted in the analytic philosophical tradition. In the philosophy of mind, I have a strong interest in the debates around the mind-body problem and the thesis of physicalism. In the philosophy of science, I currently work on the metaphysics of mechanisms in the new mechanist framework of explanation. I also have some interests in the philosophy of language connected to my work in the metaphysics of mind.

Before becoming a philosopher, I worked as a computational neuroscientist at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at Graz University of Technology, Austria. My research focused on biologically inspired learning mechanisms and working memory processes. I also collaborated with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, and analyzed neurophysiological recordings from macaque monkeys engaged in short-term memory tasks.

I studied philosophy at the Universities of Graz and Osnabrück and telematics (now called 'information and computer engineering') at Graz University of Technology. I hold a PhD degree in computer science and another one in philosophy (or strictly speaking in cognitive science, with a philosophical topic). For details about my background, see my CV.

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Upcoming talks:

May 2022: Talk about my work on physicalism at the Physicalism workshop at LMU Munich, Germany. (Link)

August 2022: Talk about mechanisms and constitutive relevance ("Constitutive Relevance First: Mechanistic Explanations without Mechanisms?") at the GWP.2022 at TU Berlin, Germany. (Link)

New book (November 2021): I was given the honor to newly translate the seminal 1971 paper Identity and Necessity by the famous philosopher Saul Aaron Kripke into German for the series Great papers by the publishing house Reclam. The book with the original paper in both languages and an in-depth explanatory note on the historical embedding and content of the paper, written by me, has just come out in early November.

Book on publisher's website

New duties (May 2021): I now also work as a scientific coordinator of the DFG-funded research training group Situated Cognition, based at the Universities of Osnabrück and Bochum.

RTG Situated Cognition website

New book (August 2020): I am glad to announce that my philosophical PhD thesis has appeared as a monograph called Understanding Physicalism in the peer-reviewed series Epistemic Studies, published by DeGruyter.

Book on publisher's website