Research and Qualification Programme

Research at GRK 2073

The research group bridges the gap between theory and practice by

  • examining new connections between theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology, theory of science) and practical philosophy of science (ethics of science, political philosophy of science)
  • analysing relevant links between the cognitive dimension of the sciences (theories, hypotheses, discourses, models) and the material culture of the sciences (objects, equipment, experiments, practices).

The group thus takes up contemporary tendencies to undercut traditional borders between epistemic and ethical, and between cognitive and material aspects of the sciences. It seeks to produce a rapprochement of the endpoints of both dichotomies and systematically explores these connections. This framework allows outstanding doctoral candidates and postdocs to pursue integrated philosophical research into the sciences in a stable and stimulating research environment.

Qualification Programme

The qualification and supervision concept of the research training group is based on professional education and specific measures that help enhance the participants’ scholarly skills. The involvement of scientists in residence broadens the horizons of the GRK and enlarges the conceptual and methodological repertoire of its members. A strong focus is on creating equal opportunities as well as preparing members for a professional career inside and outside academia.


  • Theory workshops
  • Research colloquia and peer groups
  • Qualification courses in good scientific practice as well as transferable skills
  • International experience
  • Optional participation in further colloquia and seminars of the respective institute
  • Optional participation in publishing and presentation courses


  • Supervision agreement with two principal investigators (preferably one from each university)
  • Tutorials: counseling and mentoring by other principal investigators and postdocs
  • Encouragement of individual interests and independency as a researcher
  • Equal Opportunities Policy