Dr. Vera Hoffmann-Kolss
University of Köln
Institute of Philosophy
I am an analytic philosopher working on the metaphysics of causation and the metaphysics of properties. My current research topics include the questions whether structural equations frameworks, such as Woodward's interventionism, can deal with higher-level causation and how we can account for degrees of causation, that is, cases where several events jointly cause a certain effect, but some of them make a greater causal contribution than others. I am also interested in causal theories of properties, the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic properties and the recent debate on hyperintensionality.
I am one of seven PIs in the DFG research unit Metaphysics: Articulation, Application and Challenges. My project is on Properties and Property Individuation. More information can be found here.
Together with Jens Harbecke (Witten) and Oron Shagrir (Jerusalem), I am one of the PIs of the project Causation and Computation in Cognitive Neuroscience funded by the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF).