Research at the Humboldt Centre

Research at the Humboldt Centre focuses primarily on the interface between empirical sciences and philosophical work in the philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. 

In the field of philosophy of science, the focus is on reflecting on evolutionary explanations of human characteristics, the relationship between science and values, and scientific research and ideology. 

In philosophy of mind, we work thematically mainly on theories of emotion (e.g. the role of emotions in social interactions and the interplay between emotions and social norms) and animal cognition (including animal communication, as well as affective social learning (ASL) in other species). 

Ongoing projects


Hufendiek, Rebekka
Beyond Essentialist Fallacies: Fine-Tuning Ideology Critique of Appeals to Biological Sex Differences.
Journal of Social Philosophy, 53
December 2020
Sievers, Christine; Gruber, Thibaud
Can nonhuman primate signals be arbitrarily meaningful like human words? An affective approach. Animal Behavior and Cognition
Animal Behavior and Cognition :140-150
August 2020
Hufendiek, Rebekka
From Natural Hierarchy Signals to Social Norm-Enforcers. What Good Are Functional Explanations of Shame and Pride?
Page 29
Publisher: Routledge
1 Edition
January 2020