Research Group Theoretical Philosophy

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Advancing Teleosemantics

Our project is concerned with the theoretical foundations of teleosemantics. We are focusing fundamental questions which are essential to teleosemantic theorizing, but which usually remain in the background. By pursuing this strategy, we hope to shed some light on various long-standing debates in teleosemantics and to provide novel solutions for several notorious problems. The project is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and consists of three sub-projects (see below).


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Picture of Peter Schulte
Peter Schulte, Dr.
Assistant Professor
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Sub-project 1: Teleosemantics and Intentional Explanation

Picture of Fabian Hundertmark
Fabian Hundertmark, M.A.
Doctoral student
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Sub-project 2: Teleosemantics and the Notion of Biological Function

Picture of Christian Nimtz
Christian Nimtz, Professor
Chair of Theoretical Philosophy
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Sub-project 3: Meta-theoretical Reflections on Teleosemantics



Workshops & Conferences

Here is a list of our past events: 



  • Peter Schulte: „Naturalizing the Content of Desire“, appears in Philosophical Studies. (Link)
  • Peter Schulte: „Perceiving the World Outside: How to Solve the Distality Problem for Informational Teleosemantics“, appears in Philosophical Quarterly. (Link)
  • Peter Schulte: „Can Plants Perceive?“, in Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau, Friedrich Stadler (ed.): Die Philosophie der Wahrnehmung und der Beobachtung. Beiträge des 40. Internationalen Wittgenstein Symposiums, Bd. XXV, Kirchberg a. W.: Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, 2017, 228-230.
  • Peter Schulte: „A Guide to Naturalizing Semantics: Postscript“, in Bob Hale, Alexander Miller, Crispin Wright (Hrsg.): A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Second Edition, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, 190-196.
  • Fabian Hundertmark: "Mentale Gehalte und erweiterter Geist: Warum das Argument der Nichtabgeleitetheit scheitert", in Jan G. Michel, Kim J. Boström und Michael Pohl (Ed.): Ist der Geist im Kopf?: Beiträge zur These des erweiterten Geistes. Münster: mentis, 2016, 133-160. (PhilPapers)
  • Peter Schulte: “Perceptual Representations: A Teleosemantic Answer to the Breadth-of-Application Problem”, Biology and Philosophy 30 (1), 119-136 (PhilPapers)
  • Peter Schulte: “The Structuring Causes of Behavior: Has Dretske Saved Mental Causation?” (together with Frank Hofmann), Acta September 2014, Volume 29, Issue 3, 267-284. (PhilPapers)
  • Peter Schulte: “How Frogs See the World: Putting Millikan’s Teleosemantics to the Test”, Philosophia 40, 2012, 483-496. (PhilPapers)



Verantwortlich für die Pflege der Seite: Fabian Hundertmark.