PD Dr. Tobias Henschen

assistant professor (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent)

My main research interests include general philosophy of science, philosophy of economics and the philosophy of Kant and Heidegger. In general philosophy of science and philosophy of economics, I’m primarily interested in causality. My research in philosophy of economics also focuses on objectivity and the role of values in macroeconomics. In this five-minute video, I provide an outline of my most recent research on macroeconomics. What I find most fascinating about Kant’s philosophy is the architectonic of his work (how is everything linked up?). My 2009 dissertation is concerned with Heidegger’s philosophy of science and language.

Publications (selection)

  • Ceteris paribus conditions and the interventionist account of causality”, Synthese192 (2015/10) 3297-3311. [pdf]
  • “Kant on causal laws and powers”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science48 (2014/4), 20-29. [pdf]
  • Kant’s Pragmatism”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013/1): 165-176. [pdf]
  • “Dreyfus and Haugeland on Heidegger and Authenticity”, Human Studies 35 (2012/1): 95-113. [pdf]
  • Gebrauch oder Herstellung? Heidegger über Eigentlichkeit, Wahrheit und phänomenologische Methode (monograph). Paderborn: Mentis, 2010. [Link]
  • “Heideggers Korrektion des göttlichen Worts”, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 51 (2009/3): 289-308.
  • “Sein und Kunst. Heidegger über Kunstwerke und die angemessene Intention von Dingen”. In Hügli et al. (eds.), Existenz und Sinn. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. 

Talks and Presentations (since 2013)

  • “Kant’s refutation of Hume’s position on causality”, International Kant Congress (Vienna, 21-25 September 2015).
  • Ceteris Paribus conditions and the interventionist account of causality”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie (GAP) 9 conference (Osnabrück, 14-17 September 2015).
  • “Causality and objectivity in the social sciences”, 8th Munich-Sidney-Tilburg conference in philosophy of science (Tilburg, 10-12 June 2015).
  • “Causality and objectivity in macroeconomics”, workshop (Cologne, 4/10/2015), topic: causality and causal explanation in the sciences.
  • “Causation and valuation in social science and policy”, Center for the humanities engaging science and society (CHESS) (Durham, 12/10/2014).
  • “Kant on causal laws and powers”, workshop (Cologne, 11/3/2014), topic: Kant on laws.
  • “Causality and evidence in positive and normative social science”. European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) (Madrid, 10-12 September 2014).
  • “Some problems of causal inference in macro-econometrics”. Brownbag Seminar, Economics Department, University of Konstanz (Konstanz, 15 July 2014).
  • “Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger on Alienation and Sublation”. 8th annual conference in political science, international relations and public policy in memory of Yitzhak Rabin (Jerusalem, 12-4 December 2013).
  • “There is no such thing as a causal statement that is not a ceteris paribus statement – and there may well be causal ceteris paribus laws”. Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS) 13 (Ghent, 9/16-18/2013).
  • “A subjectivist variant of a structural account of macroeconomic causation”. British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) 2013 (Exeter, 3-4 July 2013).
  • “Some problems of causal inference in macro-econometrics”. Causality in the sciences - conference (Paris, 1-3 July 2013).
  • “A subjectivist variant of a structural account of macroeconomic causation”. International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM) conference (Rotterdam, 14-16 June 2013).

Short CV

Since 10/2013

Assistant professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz


Postdoctoral research fellow at the Philosophy Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the Philosophy Department of the University of Heidelberg
03/2009PhD Philosophy (University of Heidelberg)
09/2002-07/2004 Graduate student / visiting scholar (Georgetown University / Columbia University)
07/2001MA Philosophy and Economics
06/2000Licence Sciences Économiques (Université de Toulouse 1)