Portrait Marius Backmann (Foto: Ulrike Sommer)

Marius Backmann

Dr. phil, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Fachbereich Philosophie

I am currently working at the University of Konstanz where I am funded within my own research project The Metaphysics of Induction on a postdoctoral level.

Apart from my work on ontologically motivated attempts at a justification of induction, my research focuses on philosophy of time, analytic metaphysics, metaphysics of science, laws of nature, and free will.

Curriculum vitae

07/2017–present
Long-term visitor at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics

11/2015–present
Principal Investigator, DFG-funded research grant The Metaphysics of Induction, University of Konstanz

07/2015-10/2015
Visiting Scholar at Western University in London, ON

11/2013-05/2015
Postdoctoral Researcher at the NWO-Project What is Really Possible, University of Konstanz

10/2010-03/2012
Assistant Lecturer at the University of Münster

04/2009-09/2010
Assistant Lecturer at the Center for Philosophy of Science Münster

10/2007-03/2011
Teaching assignments at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Münster and at the Center for Philosophy of Science

10/2007-09/2009
Graduate Assistant at the Leibniz Research Center Münster

02/2002-01/2006
Student Assistant at the Leibniz Research Center Münster

Publications

  • Backmann, Marius: What’s in a Gold Standard? In Defence of Randomised Controlled Trials. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (online first)
  • Backmann, Marius: I Tensed the Laws and the Laws Won: Non-eternalist Humeanism. Manuscrito Vol. 39 No. 4 (2016), 255–277
  • Backmann, Marius & Reutlinger, Alexander: Better Best Systems – Too Good to be True. dialectica Vol. 68, No. 3 (2014), 375–390
  • Backmann, Marius: Humean Libertarianism: Outline of a Revisionist Account of the Joint Problem of Free Will, Determinism and Laws of Nature. Frankfurt 2013, ontos.
  • Backmann, Marius & Michel, Jan (Eds.): Physikalismus, Willensfreiheit, Künstliche Intelligenz. Paderborn 2009: mentis.
  • Backmann, Marius: Epistemischer Libertarismus oder illusionistischer Kompatibilismus? In: Marius Backmann & Jan Michel (Eds.) 2009, 127–132.

Invited talks

  • Workshop Modally Rich Metaphysical Landscapes, Jagiellonian University
    Krakow, June 9-10, 2017
  • Inferences to and from Necessary Connections. Workshop “Causality and Laws”,  University of Konstanz, November 4, 2015
  • An (even) Better Best System Account of Natural Laws. Lunch lecture series, University of Utrecht, April 8, 2014
  • Tensed Laws, Non-Eternalist Humeanism and Justification of Induction. Workshop “Humeanism and its Critics”, University of Cologne, June 21, 2014

Submitted talks (selection)

  • In Defence of Randomised Controlled Trials. BSPS 2016, Cardiff University
  • In Defence of Randomised Controlled Trials. CSHPS 2016, University of Calgary
  • I Tensed the Laws and the Laws Won – Non-eternalist Humeanism. IAPT 2016, Wake Forest University
  • I Tensed the Laws and the Laws Won – Non-eternalist Humeanism. CPA 2016, University of Calgary
  • Was kann man von einem Goldstandard erwarten? Schlüsse in randomisierten klinischen Studien. DGPPN 2016, Berlin
  • The Metaphysics of Induction. GAP.9 2015, University of Osnabrück
  • Don’t Explode the Mosaic! The Better Best Systems Account and the Problem of Arbitrary Languages.SILFS 2014, University Roma III
  • Open Future Humeanism and Tensed Laws. SPS 2014, University Lille III

Teaching

  • Forgotten Philosophers? Neglected Philosophies? (Together with Dr. Amber L. Griffioen)
  • The Problem of Induction
  • Saul Kripke: Naming and Necessity
  • Theories of Causation
  • Science, Non-Science, Pseudo-Science: The Demarcation Problem
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
  • Qué será, será – is Determinism true?
  • Paul Boghossian: Fear of Knowledge
  • David Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • The Problem of Theory Choice and Astronomy’s Conversion to Copernicanism.
  • Theories of Laws of Nature
  • Theory-ladenness of Observation
  • Contemporary Accounts of Free Will

Further information about my academic research is available on my homepage.