Dr. des. Tobias Schönwitz, M.Sc., M.Phil.

Affiliated Doctoral Candidate (2017-2021)

E-Mail: tobias.schoenwitz@philos.uni-hannover.de


Research Project

The Epistemology and Politics of Biodiversity Research. An Exploration in Political Philosophy of Science on the Example of the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” (completed in 2022)


since 12/2019
Program Director, VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover

2017 – 2021
Doctoral Candidate at the DFG Research Training Group 2073 Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research, Leibniz University Hanover

4/2018 – 9/2018
Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, VolkswagenStiftung, Hanover

3/2017 – 8/2017
Internship at VolkswagenStiftung, Hanover

2015 – 2016
History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine (Master of Philosophy), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2014 – 2017
Physics (Master of Science), Leibniz Universität Hannover

2011 – 2014
Philosophy and History (Bachelor of Arts), Leibniz Universität Hannover

8/2013 – 10/2013
Internship at the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Hannover

2009 – 2013
Physics (Bachelor of Science), Leibniz Universität Hannover


Schönwitz, Tobias. forthcoming. Values in Science, Biodiversity Research, and the Problem of Particularity. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.

Jadreškić, Daria; Hopf, David & Schönwitz, Tobias. 2020. Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann: The fight against doubt – How to bridge the gap between scientists and the public. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 51, 203–206.


Weak and Strong Mechanistic Realism and the Identification-Problem of Mechanisms, International Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA17), Exeter, United Kingdom, 6-9 September, 2017.

Science or Art? Pharmacy in 19th Century Austria and England, Autumn Meeting of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, London, United Kingdom, 12 November 2016.

The Identification-Problem of Mechanisms and Weak Mechanistic Realism, 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA2016), Atlanta, USA, 3-5 November 2016.