Dr. phil.

Sabrina Coninx

Philosopher

I am currently located at the Institute for Philosophy II at the Ruhr University Bochum. I am a postdoctoral researcher and scientific coordinator of the Research Training Group Situated Cognition founded by the German Research Foundation. Before that I worked as an assistant professor and managing director of the Master’s program in cognitive science. I am part of the scientific organization committee of the newly founded Center for Mind & Cognition.

I obtained a PhD in philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum under the supervision of Albert Newen and Colin Klein. During my PhD, I spent three months at the University of Memphis, working with Shaun Gallagher, and two months at the Australian National University in Canberra, working with Colin Klein. In 2019, I was allowed to visit Frédérique de Vignemont as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.

I obtained a Master degree in philosophy and a Bachelor degree in philosophy and psychology at the University of Bonn.

Please see my biography for more information. You may also find me on Philpaper, Researchgate, Academia, and SWIP Germany e.V.

Research

My research is located in the empirically orientated philosophy of mind. That is, I am interested in multiple core aspects of the philosophy of mind while taking into account findings from neuroscience, psychology, biology, and medicine.

My research focuses on mental phenomena related to human suffering which appears to me as one of the most enigmatic, but also fascinating research subjects. I have intensively worked on pain and other bodily sensations. My research encompasses the phenomenality, neural implementation, causal embeddedness, and biological function of these mental phenomena. My investigations thereby relate to topics, such as the construction of quality spaces, the challenges of strong intentionalism, and the debate surrounding scientific eliminativism.

Currently, I extend my field of research to different kinds of suffering, such as grief and depression, and develop a follow-up project located at the interface of philosophy and clinical medicine. Concepts of situated cognition are proving to be increasingly influential. This includes a detailed investigation of core concepts of situated approaches, such as the field of affordances, scaffolding, and niche construction.

Another research area of mine is the philosophy of social understanding, especially the plurality of epistemic strategies and the role of mindreading. Furthermore, I am currently exploring the relevance of experimental philosophy with respect to pain reports.

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Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Mind

Neuro-philosophy

Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Situated Cognition

Social Cognition

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Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Experimental Philosophy

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Research Topics

Phenomenal Quality

Quality Spaces

Intentionalism

Functionalism

Identity Theory

Scientific Eliminativism

Scientific Integration

Field of Affordances

Scaffolding

Niche Construction

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Research Subjects

Pain

Bodily Sensations

Human Suffering

Emotions

Depression

Affective Disorders

Mind Shaping & Invasion

Mindreading

Empathy

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