Dr. phil.

Sabrina Coninx


I am an Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, co-coordinating the Research Master Philosophy of Neuroscience. Before that, I worked at Ruhr University Bochum as a postdoctoral researcher and scientific coordinator of the Research Training Group Situated Cognition

I obtained a PhD in philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum under the supervision of Albert Newen and Colin Klein I obtained a Master degree in philosophy and a Bachelor degree in philosophy and psychology at the University of Bonn.

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My VU research profile provides an overview of and access to my publications. For more information see also Research & Publications.

Contact: s.coninx [at] vu.nl


I am interested in multiple core aspects of the philosophy of mind, taking into account research findings and questions from neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and healthcare.

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 diverse philosophical questions related to acute and chronic pain – encompassing the phenomenal character, neural implementation, causal embeddedness, and biological function of these phenomena. For example, I am interested in tools to systematically model the phenomenal experiences of people living with pain and how they can be accounted for within a naturalistic framework. Furthermore, I use core concepts of situated cognition to address the question of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact in chronic illnesses and can be targeted in  clinical contexts to reduce human suffering.

Another research area of mine is the philosophy of social understanding, especially the plurality of epistemic strategies we use in interaction with others. Furthermore,I use expertimental approaches to study the folk concept of pain.


Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Neuroscience

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Philosophy of Healthcare

Situated Cognition

Social Cognition

Experimental Philosophy


Research Subjects


Bodily Sensations

Human Suffering

Chronic Illnesses

Affective Disorders

Scaffolding & Niche Construction


Mindreading & Mindshaping



All the latest news concerning research projects, publications, talks, & collaborations

Research & Publications

Detailed description of research projects & related publications


Information about my academic career, educational background, funding, & grants



List of selected talks & other conference contributions

Academic Activities

Teaching, conference organization, & administrative work

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