Dr. phil.

Sabrina Coninx


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 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.

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I am a philosopher of mind working at the interface of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. 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 the nature of pain and other bodily sensations in due consideration of recent empirical data. My research encompasses the phenomenality, neural implementation, causal embeddedness, and biological function of these mental phenomena. 

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 psychiatry. Concepts of situated cognition are proving to be increasingly influential.

Another research area of mine is the philosophy of social understanding, especially the plurality of epistemic strategies and the crucial role of mindreading.


Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Philosophy of Situated Cognition

Philosophy of Social Cognition


Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Experimental Philosophy


Research Subjects


Bodily Sensations

Phenomenal Quality


Affective Disorders

Affordances & Scaffolds

Social Understanding




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Research & Publications

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Academic Activities

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