I’m a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and also am or have been active in digital rights organisations and working groups (FYEG, EDRi, Digitale Gesellschaft DE, Digitale Gesellschaft CH, digital [x].
In my PhD, I research the cognitive architecture that gives rise to the self. I’m interested in particular in how the more complex characteristics of human selfhood – traits and narratives – arise from minimal forms of subject/object differentiation. I find it fascinating how humans come to see certain properties – my excellent skills in table tennis – as their own whereas other properties – the wind that always interferes – are of the environment.
My Master’s was in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy and my Bachelor’s in International Relations. In my work I combine my long-standing fascination with the internet, digitisation, and technology with my interests in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science and ethics.
Other topics that I’m interested in include international relations (especially in Eastern Europe), behavioural economics, moral psychology, and epistemology.