Dr. Eva Schmidt

 

eva.schmidt(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Geb. C 5.2, R. 218.1

(0681) 302-4224

 

About

My main research interests are epistemology and philosophy of mind. My habilitation project is concerned with epistemic reasons. My starting point is the claim that focusing on reasons helps us to gain a deeper understanding of epistemic justification. Taking my inspiration from the philosophy of action, I argue that there is more than one kind of epistemic reason and defend a disjunctivism about reasons.

 

In my book Modest Nonconceptualism, which grew out of my dissertation, I present a moderate variety of nonconceptualism that allows that perceptual experience and its content may be partly conceptual. It includes an argument connecting the state view and the content view and a novel non-inferential account of perceptual justification. I defend nonconceptualism by strengthening and further developing some central arguments for the view and by rebutting the two big conceptualist objections.

 

Further, I am interested in early modern theories of perception and knowledge, philosophy of cognitive science, and both feminist and religious epistemology.

 

From July 6-8, 2017, Susanne Mantel, Frank Hofmann, and I are organizing the Workshop Jonathan Dancy on Reasons and Reasoning: The Third Saar-Lux Joint Conference on Reasons and Rationality with Jonathan Dancy. Further information will be uploaded here.

 

 

Bio

2005   Diplom in Historisch orientierte Kulturwissenschaften at the Universität des Saarlandes

 

2002/2003   Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia (USA), on a DAAD scholarship

 

2006-2011   PhD work at the Universität des Saarlandes Dissertation title: »Experience Without Concepts: Nonconceptual Content and the Problem of Phenomenal Difference«

 

2006 to present   Research Assistant at the Department of Philosophy, Universität des Saarlandes

 

2012 to present   Visiting Lecturer (chargé de cours) at the Philosophy Department, University of Luxembourg

 

Winter term 2016/17 to present   Stand-in professor for philosophy of mind at Saarland University

 

 

Honors and Awards

  • DAAD scholarship for studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, 2002/03
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  • Dr.-Eduard-Martin-Preis (prize awarded to the best young researchers at the Universität des Saarlandes), 2012
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  • Participant in the »Excellence Program for Female Scientists« at the Universität des Saarlandes, 2012-2015

 

 

Publications

 

Book

Modest Nonconceptualism: Epistemology, Phenomenology, and Content. Studies in Brain and Mind, Vol. 8.Springer. (2015) Link to the book.

 

I blogged about the book on The Brains Blog: http://philosophyofbrains.com/category/books/eva-schmidt-modest-nonconceptualism (2015)

 

Reviews of Modest Nonconceptualism:

 

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

»New Trouble for Reasons as Evidence: Means that Don't Justify the Ends«, Ethics 127, (2017), pp. 708-718. Link to the text. 

 

»Does Perceptual Content Have to Be Objective? A Defense of Nonconceptualism«, Journal for General Philosophy of Science 46. (2015), pp. 201-214. Link to the text.

 

»The Argument from Animal and Infant Perception,« Teorema 29 (2010), pp. 97-110. Link to the text.

 

Papers in Collections and Conference Proceedings

»A Dilemma for Epistemological Disjunctivism«, in Robert French and John Smythies (eds.) Direct vs. Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness. Elsevier (to be published).

 

»Comments on French, 'A Defence of Representational Realism'«, in Robert French and John Smythies (eds.) Direct vs. Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness. Elsevier (to be published).

 

»Comments on McGraw, 'Against the Combination of Materialism and Direct Realism'", in Robert French and John Smythies (eds.) Direct vs. Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness. Elsevier (to be published).

 

»Comments on John Smythies, 'The Metaphysical Foundations of Contemporary Neuroscience: A House Built on Sand'«, in Robert French and John Smythies (eds.) Direct vs. Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness. Elsevier (to be published).

 

»Responses to McGraw and French«, in Robert French and John Smythies (eds.) Direct vs. Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness. Elsevier (to be published).

 

»Analytische feministische Erkenntnistheorie und implizite Einstellungen«, in Anne Conrad et al. (eds.) Gender überall?! (SOFIE. Schriftenreihe zur Geschlechterforschung), Röhrig Verlag: St. Ingbert (2014), pp. 97-117.

 

»How We Know Our Senses,« in Miguel Hoeltje et al. (eds.) Proceedings der GAP.8 (2013), pp. 256-263. Online publication. Link to the text.

 

»Nonconceptual Content: The Argument from Animal Perception,« in Oliver Petersen et al. (eds.), Proceedings der GAP.7: Nachdenken und Vordenken – Herausforderungen an die Philosophie (2012), pp. 429-438. Online publication. Link to the text.

 

Review

Jan G. Michel, »Der qualitative Charakter bewusster Erlebnisse«, Paderborn: mentis 2011. Grazer Philosophische Studien 86 (2012), pp. 279-283.

 

In Preparation or Under Review

»Quellen des Wissens: Wahrnehmung« for Martin Grajner (ed.) Handbuch Erkenntnistheorie. Metzler Verlag.

 

»Seeing Isn’t Believing: An Argument for Reasons-First Epistemology«

 

»Can We Do Without Content Pragmatism?«

 

»Possessing Epistemic Reasons: The Role of Rational Capacities«

 

»Autonomy and the Value of Knowledge«

 

»Subjective Normative Reasons for Mentalism«

 

»The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception and the Case Against Possession Nonconceptualism«

 

 

Presentations (Selection)

  • »Can We Do Without Content Pragmatism?«, ECAP9, Munich, 08/2017
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  • »Can We Do Without Content Pragmatism?« Workshop Perception and Justified Belief, Bochum 06/2017
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  • »Autonomy and the Value of Knowledge«, Workshop on Epistemic Autonomy, Munich, 12/2016
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  • »The Role of Rational Capacities in Possessing Reasons«, Workshop on Rational Capacities, Luxembourg, 11/2016
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  • »A Dilemma for Epistemological Disjunctivism«, Workshop Thinking about Perception, Zürich 11/2016.
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  • »Disjunctivism and Perceptual Content«, Workshop Teleosemantic Perspectives on Perception, Bielefeld, 10/2016
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  • Commentary on Alex Byrne, Konferenz »Begriffe im Denken, Handeln und Fühlen, Jena, 09/2016
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  • »Normative Reasons Mentalism«, European Epistemology Network Meeting, Paris, 07/2016
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  • »A Dilemma for Epistemological Disjunctivism«, Conference Searle on Perception, Bochum, 05/2016
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  • »Theorie-geladene Wahrnehmung: Wie Vorurteile beeinflussen, was wir sehen«, supported by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Buchladen Hofstätter, Saarbrücken 01/2016.
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  • »Normative Reasons Mentalism«, Conference The Normativity of Attitudes, Saarbrücken, 12/2015
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  • »Epistemic Justification and Reasons of Different Kinds«, Stuttgart–Tübingen Research Forum Philosophy of Mind and Action, 10/2015
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  • »Evidence Ain't no Reason (to Act)«, GAP.9, Osnabrück 09/2015
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  • „David Hume: Aufklärer—und Atheist?“, Symposion "Lichtpunkte: Wissenschaftlerinnen im Fokus", Saarbrücken, 06/2015
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  • »Reasons for Action and Reasons for Belief«, Doktorandenkolloquium zur Praktischen Philosophie, Saarbrücken 06/2015 
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  • »(Modest) Nonconceptualism and Cognitive Penetration«, Stuttgart–Tübingen Research Forum Philosophy of Mind and Action, Stuttgart 03/2015
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  • »Evidence Ain’t no Reason (to Act)«, Workshop Normativity and Meaning, Saarbrücken 05/2014
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  • »Perceptual Reasons and Inferential Justification,« Workshop on Epistemic Justification and Reasons, Luxemburg, 11/2013
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  • »Which Kind of Disjunctivism for Reasons for Action?,« Conference on Reasons: Action, Belief, Perception, Saarbrücken 10/2013
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  • »Mental Content and the Personal/ Subpersonal-Level Distinction,« Workshop on Minds without Magic, Bielefeld, 09/2013
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  • »Was bringt uns die feministische Erkenntistheorie?«, part of an interdisciplinary lecture series on gender, Saarbrücken, 04/2013
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  • »Concepts: Abilities vs. Content« Workshop on New Work on Concepts, Luxemburg 11/2012
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  • »Perceptual Content: Phenomenal vs. Epistemic Adequacy«, Workshop on Perception and Knowledge, Graz 10/2012
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  • »How We Know Our Senses«, GAP.8, Constance, 09/2012
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  • Commentary on Ken Aizawa, »The Autonomy of Psychology in the Age of Psychology«, Workshop on Explaining Mental Phenomena, Tübingen, 07/2012
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  • »New Evil Demon and Great Pumpkin«, European Epistemology Network Meeting, Bologna, 06/2012
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  • »Nonconceptual Experience and Justification«, European Epistemology Network Meeting, Lund, 03/2011
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  • »Does Conceptual Content Have to be Objective? A Defense of Nonconceptualism«, Konferenz zur Theory-Ladenness of Experience, Düsseldorf, 03/2011

 

 

Conference Organization

Interdisciplinary Conference »Brauchen wir eine neue Ethik? Herausforderungen der Moral durch die Neurowissenschaft« (financed by the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie and the Union Stiftung), 10/08-10/10, 2008.

 

»Reasons: Action, Belief, Perception« (supported by the German Research Foundation, the Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes, and the Chairs of Practical Philosophy and of Philosophy of Mind, Saarland University), 10/10-10/12, 2013

 

International conference »The Normativity of Attitudes«, in Saarbrücken from 12/03-12/05, 2015. A joint conference, organized by Susanne Mantel and me in cooperation with Frank Hofmann from the philosophy department of the University of Luxembourg.

 

International conference »Rational Capacities«, to take place in Luxembourg from 11/14-11/16, 2016. Another joint conference, organized by Susanne Mantel and me in cooperation with Frank Hofmann from the philosophy department of the University of Luxembourg.

 

 

Courses Taught (Selection)

L: Geschichte der Philosophie: Neuzeit, Summer 2017

 

S: Unbewusste Vorurteile (part of an interdisciplinary module about prejudices, in cooperation with Amerigo Caruso, History), Summer 2017

 

S: Die Philosophie Elizabeth Anscombes, Summer 2017

 

S: Die Einheit der Vernunft, Summer 2017

 

S: Philosophie der Kognition, Winter 2016/17

 

S: Philosophie im Film, Winter 2012/17

 

S: Disjunctivism (graduate seminar, in English), Winter 2016

 

S: Descartes und Berkeley, Winter 2016

 

S: Geschichte der Philosophie Moderne I: Rationalismus und Empirismus (Universität Luxemburg), Winter 2016

 

S: Sprachphilosophie (Universität Luxemburg), Winter 2016

 

S: Theory of Knowledge (University of Luxembourg, taught in English), Summer 2016 

 

L: Geschichte der Philosophie: Neuzeit, Summer 2016

 

S: Handlung, Summer 2016

 

S: J. L. Austin: Wahrnehmung und Erkenntnis, Summer 2016

 

S: Sprachphilosophie (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2016

 

S: Geschichte der Philosophie Moderne I: Rationalismus und Empirismus (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2016

 

S: Du siehst nur, was du sehen willst (part of an interdisciplinary module on images and knowledge, together with Salvatore Pisani, art history), Winter 2015/16

 

S: The Value of Knowledge (graduate seminar, in English), Winter 2015/16

 

S: Einführung in die philosophische Logik (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2015

 

S: Aus gutem Grund: Gründe in Erkenntnis- und Handlungstheorie, Summer 2015

 

S: Kants theoretische Philosophie, Summer 2015

 

S: Theory of Knowledge (in English, University of Luxembourg), Summer 2015

 

S: Reduction and Emergence (graduate seminar), Winter 2014/15

 

S: Das ist Absicht! Elizabeth Anscombes "Intention" (Einführung in die Methoden wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens), Winter 2014/15

 

S: Sprachphilosophie (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2014

 

S: Einführung in die philosophische Logik (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2014

 

S: Rechtfertigung ohne Bewusstsein? Internalismus und Externalismus in der Erkenntnistheorie, Summer 2014

 

S: Religionsphilosophie der frühen Neuzeit, Summer 2014

 

S: Name und Notwendigkeit, Winter 2013/14

 

S: Descartes, Winter 2013/14

 

S: Sprachphilosophie (University of Luxembourg), Winter 2013

 

S: Feminismus und Erkenntnistheorie (part of an interdisciplinary module on feminism, together with Birgit Metzger), Summer 2013

 

S: Disjunktivismus, Summer 2013

 

S: Theory of Knowledge (in English, University of Luxembourg), Summer 2013

 

S: Alles ist relativ, oder? (Interdisciplinary seminar with cultural sciences, co-taught with Birgit Metzger), Winter 2012/13

 

S: Geist und Kognition, Winter 2012/13

 

S: Theory of Knowledge (in English, University of Luxembourg), Summer 2012

 

S: Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Summer 2012

 

S: Was ist Wahrnehmung? Winter 2011/12

 

 

Interdisciplinary Cooperations

Study group on neuroscience and philosophy at the Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg (with Prof. Dr. Bernd Lindemann and Dr. Christoph Krick), 01/2011 – 03/2011

 

Seminar on neuroscience and philosophy at the »Akademie für Ältere«, Homburg (with Prof. Dr. Bernd Lindemann and Dr. Christoph Krick), 04/2011 – 06/2011