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Nora Heinzelmann, Ph.D.

Research Topics

  • Moral Psychology
  • Theory of Action
  • Philosophy of Mind

Short Biography

  • Undergraduate studies in biology and philosophy at Heidelberg, Montreal, and Munich
  • M.phil. (BA equivalent), University of Munich, Germany
  • BPhil (Master's) in philosophy, University of Oxford
  • PhD, University of Cambridge

Current Projects

1. Research Projects:

a. Rationality and weakness of will

b. Neurocorrelates of value judgements, fMRI study in collaboration with the University of Zurich, Switzerland

c. Bioethical decision-making in a social and learning environment, project in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Centre (DKZF) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

d. Discounting and metacognition of choices between delayed rewards


2. Upcoming and Ongoing Events

a. July 2018: Workshop on philosophical moral psychology, funded by German Research Foundation (DFG), Münchener Universitätsgesellschaft, and the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP), co-organiser with Hannah Altehenger, Bielefeld, and Leo Menges, Salzburg

b. 2017/18: Lecture Series "Neuroscience in Society", co-organiser with Ophelia Deroy, the GSN, and the Munich Centre for Ethics


Further Information

Recent Publications

"Deontology defended", accepted by Synthese

Recent Talks

9/18 "The ethics of genome editing – An empirical investigation of lay opinions", Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference, US (with Benedikt Höltgen)

9/18 invited, Conference "Sein und Sollen", Munich

6/18 "Ethical judgments on gene editing", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, London (with Luis Hillebrand)

5/18 invited, "Weakness of will as a cognitive bias", Serious Metaphysics Group, Cambridge, UK

11/17 invited, "How normative belief mandates empirical investigation", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, Osnabrück, Germany

8/17 "A Puzzle About Rational Norms", European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP), Munich

5/17 "Delay discounting and weakness of will", Economics and/or Psychology? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Behavioural Economics, Helsinki

11/16 "Delay discounting and weakness of will", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, Berlin

7/16 "A jungle of requirements", Masterclass with John Broome, Tübingen, Germany

6/16 "Value judgements in the brain", European Society for Aesthetics Conference, Barcelona

4/16 invited, "Delay discounting and weakness of will" Workshop on decision-making and self-control, Washington University in St. Louis, US

9/15 "Moral conflicts as conflicts of judgments", German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP), Osnabrück

7/15 "The neuronal basis of value judgments", European Society for Philosophy und Psychology (European SPP), Tartu, Estonia

6/15 "Values in the brain", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, Nottingham, UK

3/15 "From neural 'is' to moral 'ought'?", The human sciences after the decade of the brain, Mainz, Germany

10/14 "Perception and discounting", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, Oxford

10/14 invited, "Intentions and willpower“, Interdisciplinary summer school for students of LMU, Venice

9/14 "Akrasia in dilemmas", Deutscher Kongress für Philosophie, Münster, Germany

9/14 "Perception and discounting", European SPP, Noto, Sicily

7/14 "Akrasia in dilemmas", Joint Session, Cambridge, UK

12/13 invited, "Perception and discounting", Graduate seminar in Neurophilosophy, LMU

9/13 "Self-control and risk-aversion", Experimental Philosophy Workshop, Bristol

7/13 "Value assumptions in happiness studies", graduate Value Conference, Sheffield

7/13 "Deontology defended", European SPP, Granada, Spain

6/13 "A TMS investigation into the role of rTPJ in donation behaviour", SPP, Providence, US

9/11 "Über Lewis' Kritik am Argument des unvollständigen Wissens", graduate Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy (Sophia)

5/11 "On Greene's critique of deontology", 7th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic, and Communication, Riga, Latvia