Portrait Verena Wagner (Foto: Ulrike Sommer)

Verena Wagner

Assistant professor of philosophy (akademische Rätin a.Z.)

Verena Wagner is assistant professor (akademische Rätin a. Z.) and works on her habilitation project at the department of philosophy. Her current research combines epistemology and philosophy of mind: she is interested in mental states and attitudes in general and also in topics concerning doxastic indecision, e.g. non-belief, suspension of judgment, weakness of belief or epistemic akrasia, self-deceit, partial belief, doxastic voluntarism, doxastic compatibilism.

In her dissertation, she developed a new approach to freedom of action and critically discussed modern developments within the compatibilist tradition. After her doctoral studies at the universities of Regensburg and Leeds (UK) Verena Wagner held a postdoc position in the ERC-project „Indeterminism Ltd.“ Led by Thomas Müller in Konstanz. In this project she focussed on the different consequences of compatibility- and incompatibility claims made by each party in the free will debate as well as the role of indeterminism in that debate.

For the summer term 2018, Verena Wagner pauses her position at Konstanz in order to serve as interim professor at Saarland University.


Informationen zur Betreuung von Abschlussarbeiten

SoSe 2019 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar: "David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature (Book I: Of the Understanding)"
2st. Hauptseminar: "Is it possible to deceive oneself?"

WiSe 2018 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Klassische und moderne Texte der Philosophie des Geistes (mit Schreibtutorium)"
2st. Hauptseminar "Urteilsenthaltung"

SoSe 2018 (Universität des Saarlandes)
2st. Seminar "Ausgewählte Texte zur Philosophie des Geistes"
2st. Seminar "John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
2st. Seminar "Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow"
2st. Masterseminar "Doxastic Voluntarism and Epistemic Agency" (in English)
2st. Bachelor-Kolloquium (zusammen mit U. Nortmann, O. Petersen, H. Sturm, W. Keller)

WiSe 2017/18 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" (in English)
2st. Hauptseminar "Daniel Kahneman: Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken"

SoSe 2017 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Bertrand Russell: Probleme der Philosophie"
2st. Proseminar "Philosophische Theorien zur Wahrscheinlichkeit"

WiSe 2016/17
(Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tractatus logico-philosophicus"
2st. Hauptseminar "Doxastische Freiheit: Können wir glauben, was wir wollen?"

SoSe 2016 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Klassische Texte des logischen Empirismus"
2st. Hauptseminar "John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

SoSe 2015 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "David Hume: Eine Untersuchung über den menschlichen Verstand"

WiSe 2014/15 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Harry Frankfurt: The importance of what we care about"

SoSe 2014 (Universität Konstanz)
2st. Proseminar "Klassische kompatibilistische Freiheitstheorien: Hobbes, Locke, Hume"

SoSe 2013 (Uni Regensburg)
2st. Hauptseminar "Doxastische Freiheit" (mit Tim Kraft)
SoSe 2012 (Uni Regensburg)
1st. Proseminar "Studientechniken"
WiSe 2011/12 (Uni Regensburg)
2st. Proseminar "Freiheit und Verantwortlichkeit"
SoSe 2011 (Uni Regensburg)
2st. Proseminar "Entscheidung und sich entscheiden"
WiSe 2010/11 (Uni Regensburg)
1st. Proseminar "Studientechniken"
SoSe 2009 (Uni Regensburg)
1st. Proseminar "Studientechniken"

Curriculum vitae

Since 2016
Akademische Mitarbeiterin / Rätin a.Z. (Prof. Thomas Müller) at University of Konstanz.

April - September 2018
Interim Professor of Philosophy of Mind at Saarland University.

November 2013 - December 2015
Postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-project "Indeterminism Ltd." led by Thomas Müller at University of Konstanz.

December 2012 - October 2013
Interdisciplinary project Wissen und Bedeutung in der Literatur (German Research Foundation, DFG) with focus on doxastic freedom, University of Regensburg.

March - August 2010
Doctoral research visit at University of Leeds (UK)
Supervisors: Helen Steward, Jason Turner

December 2008 - April 2013
PhD-studies at Universities of Regensburg and Leeds
Funded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2008-2012)
Title of PhD thesis: Free and coerced agency: A new approach to classical compatibilism.
Supervisor: Hans Rott

2003 - 2013
Student and research assistant at chair of theoretical philosophy (Prof. Hans Rott), University of Regensburg.

March - August 2006
Research visit at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm
Supervisor: Sven Ove Hansson
Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2001/02 - 2006/07
M.A. studies at University of Regensburg and KTH Stockholm
Subjects: Philosophy, German Literature, Information Sciences 


  • 2019 (accepted) "Wider den doxastischen Kompatibilismus", Grazer Philosophische Studien.
  • 2019 (forthcoming): "Doxastischer Voluntarismus und epistemisches Handeln" in: Handbook Erkenntnistheorie, M. Grajner & G. Melchior (ed.), Metzler.
  • 2019 Real Possibility, Indeterminism and Free Will, Synthese Special Issue, together with A. Rumberg und T. Müller.
  • 2018 "An introduction to real possibilities, indeterminism, and free will: three contingencies of the debate", Synthese, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1842-4
  • 2016 "On the analogy of free will and free belief", Synthese, S. 1-26.
  • 2014 "Explaining the Knobe-effect", in Lütge et al. (ed.): Experimental Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2013 "Rezeptionsleistung durch indirekte doxastische Kontrolle", in Konrad et al. (ed.): Fiktion, Wahrheit, Interpretation. Philologische und philosophische Perspektiven. Paderborn: Mentis, S. 107-124.
  • 2008 "Eine Frage der Definition. Philosophie und Hirnforschung müssen keine Gegensätze sein", in Blick in die Wissenschaft, Forschungsmagazin der Universität Regensburg, 18. Jahrgang, Heft 21.
  • 2005 "Das Ende vom Problem des methodischen Anfangs: Descartes' antiskeptisches Argument" (mit Hans Rott), in Wolters, G. und Carrier, M. (ed.), Homo Sapiens und Homo Faber (Festschrift für Jürgen Mittelstraß), Berlin: de Gruyter, S. 133–145.

Talks and presentations

  • Talk: Suspension of Judgment: the Third Doxastic Attitude? September 2018, 10th International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10), Universität zu Köln.
  • Talk: Suspension of Judgment: The Third Doxastic Attitude?, May 2018, Kolloquium, Universität Saarbrücken.
  • Talk: On reconciling freedom and (in)determinism. March 2018, Workshop: Free Will and Laws of Nature, Universität zu Köln.

  • Talk: Wider den doxastischen Kompatibilismus. Mai 2017, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen.
  • Talk: Against Doxastic Compatibilism. February 2017, Future Directions in Epistemology Workshop, University of Cambridge.
  • Talk: Glitterfree Freedom. February 2017, Serious Metaphysics Group, University of Cambridge.
  • Talk: "Philosophical Debates on Agency", September 2016, AQP2016: Conference on Agency and (quantum) physics, Universität Konstanz.
  • Talk: Indeterminism matters for compatibilism. July 2016, 90th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, Cardiff University.
  • Talk: Humean Compatibilism. November 2015, Workshop with Helen Beebee: Causality and Laws, Universität Konstanz.
  • Talk: On why indeterminism matters for compatibilism. September 2015, 9th International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.9), Universität Osnabrück.
  • Talk: Indeterminism under-determined. July 2015, workshop: 'Topics in analytical metaphysics', Universität Mainz.
  • Talk: Reconciling projects. March 2015, conference: 'Real possibilities, indeterminism and free will', Universität Konstanz.
  • Talk: Free and unfree agency: a non-metaphysical approach. July 2014, Fachbereichskolloquium, Universität Konstanz.
  • Talk: Free will and free belief. Two misleading concepts. June 2014, Workshop 'Doxastic agency and epistemic responsibility', Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
  • Talk: Agnostic freedomism: a compatibilist approach to indeterministic causation. December 2013, LMU München (MCMP).
  • Talk: Doxastic unfreedom. Workshop 'Doxastic freedom', September 2013, University of Regensburg.
  • Paper presentation: Freedom of action. Post-graduate seminar of Thomas Spitzley, December 2012, University Duisburg-Essen.
  • Talk: Probleme des klassischen Kompatibilismus in der Freiheitsdebatte. Mittelbaukolloquium, December 2012, University Duisburg-Essen.
  • Talk: Explaining the Knobe-effect. International workshop 'Scope and limits of experimental philosophy', September 2013, University of Konstanz.
  • Poster presentation: Coercion: an excusing condition? International conference GAP.8, September 2012, University of Konstanz.
  • Talk: Having a Reason: comment on Maria Alvarez. International workshop 'Decisions and the Process of Reasoning', October 2011, University of Regensburg.
  • Talk: Handlungsfreiheit und erzwungene Handlungen. XXII. Deutscher Kongress für Philosophie, September 2011, LMU München.
  • Talk and paper presentation: Intentional agency under coercion. Post-graduate conference with Michael Bratman (Stanford), University of Tübingen, June 2011.
  • Talk and poster: Praktische Unfreiheit. Post-grad workshop, November 2010, University of Regensburg.
  • Talk: Unwilling drug addicts. Workshop 'Actions, decisions, and free will', March 2010, University of Regensburg.
  • Talk: Handlungsfreiheit und Handlungsfähigkeit. Workshopfor PhD-students of the German Association of Analytical Philosophy (GAP), University of Erlangen 2010.

Organised workshops and conferences

Workshop with Helen Beebee: Causality and Laws
November 4-5, 2015
University of Konstanz

Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will
March 18-21, 2015
University of Konstanz

Doxastic Freedom
September 19-21, 2013
University of Regensburg
Keynote speakers: Conor McHugh (Southampton, UK), Matthias Steup (Purdue, USA), Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund, Sweden)

Decisions and the Process of Reasoning
October 13-15, 2011
University of Regensburg
Keynote speakers: Maria Alvarez (KC London), John Broome (Oxford), Helen Steward (Leeds)

Actions, Decisions and Free Will. Action Theory Meets the Free Will Debate
March 22-24, 2010
University of Regensburg
Keynote speakers: Michael Bratman (Stanford), Uwe Meixner (Augsburg), Jason Turner (Leeds)