Photograph of Vera Hoffmann-Kolss Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss

University of Köln
Institute of Philosophy
50923 Köln

October 2016 - October 2017:

Visiting Scholar
Department of Philosophy
Rutgers University
106 Somerset Street, 5th Floor
College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

I am an analytic philosopher working on the metaphysics of causation and the metaphysics of properties. My current research topics include the questions whether structural equations frameworks, such as Woodward's interventionism, can deal with higher-level causation and how we can account for degrees of causation, that is, cases where several events jointly cause a certain effect, but some of them make a greater causal contribution than others. I am also interested in the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic properties and the recent debate on hyperintensionality.

Currently, I am a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers.

I am one of seven PIs in the DFG research unit Metaphysics: Articulation, Application and Challenges. My project is on Properties and Property Individuation and will start at the University of Cologne in autumn 2017. More information on the research unit and my project will follow soon.

Together with Jens Harbecke (Witten) and Oron Shagrir (Jerusalem), I am one of the PIs of the project Causation and Computation in Cognitive Neuroscience funded by the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF).