Hannah Altehenger

PhD in Philosophy

I grew up in Cologne, and discovered analytical philosophy at Bielefeld University, where I did my BA and MA. I then went to Humboldt-University Berlin, where I obtained my PhD in 2018. As a PhD-candidate, I also spent some time at Oslo University and at the University of Michigan.  

From 2017-2020, I was a lecturer in philosophy at Bielefeld University; from 2020-2021, I taught philosophy at Zurich and Salzburg. Since 01/2022 I am employed at the Philosophy Department at the University of Konstanz, where I am the principal investigator of the research project “The Ethical Dimensions of Self-Control”, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and runs until 06/2025. During the summer term of 2023, I was a substitute lecturer in Practical Philosophy at Saarland University.

My area of expertise is Philosophical Moral Psychology. A substantial part of my research has focused on self-control, but I am also interested in a number of surrounding issues, such as weakness of will and the self. More recently, I have become interested in the topic of moral responsibility for non-ideal agents, as well as in theories of blame.

Selected Publications

  • (2015), “Being Realistic about Reflective Equilibrium”, in: Analysis 75 (3), 514-522 (co-authored with Simon Gaus and Andreas Leonhard Menges).
  • (2020), “Self-Control and the Self”, in: Synthese 199 (1-2), 2183-2198.
  • (2021), “Deliberative Agency, Self-Control, and the Divided Mind”, in: Theoria 87 (3), 542-558.
  • (2021), “The Mismatch Problem. Why Mele’s Approach to the Puzzle of Synchronic Self-Control Does Not Succeed”, in: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 102 (2), 243-266.
  • (forthcoming), "The Point of Blaming AI Systems", in: Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (co-authored with Andreas Leonhard Menges).
  • (forthcoming), "Too Much Self-Control?", in: Erkenntnis.