University of Pittsburgh
Visiting Scholar

Peter Broessel

History and Philosophy of Science

I am Visiting Scholar and will be Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Evolution at the Ruhr-University Bochum [on leave]. I completed my PhD studies at the University of Konstanz in May 2012. Before that I studied Philosophy (major) and Mathematics (minor) at the Universities of Erfurt, Konstanz, and Salzburg.

My research interests lie at the intersection of epistemology, philosophy of science and cognitive science. The specific research aims for two years in Pittsburgh are: 1) Investigating to what extend can the inference schema Inference to the Best Systematization (or Explanation) be made fruitful for understanding human reasoning in everyday life and in science. 2) Investigating the justificatory relation(s) between perceptual experiences and perceptual beliefs, and between their contents, respectively. For achieving these aims I combine a formal epistemology perspective with a philosophy of cognition perspective.