Stephen Müller

Stephen Müller

Tel.: +43/662/8044-4083

E-Mail: stephen.mueller(at)

Office: room 1.07  


  • 2015 - 2018: MA in Philosophy (Thesis: "Mental Files for Psychologists"; Supervisors: Johannes Brandl and Christopher Gauker
  • 2013 - 2017: MSc in Psychology (Specialization: Cognitive Neuroscience; Thesis: "Mindset and Rules in Moral Dilemmas"; Supervisor: Jochim Hansen)
  • 2012 - 2015: BA in Philosophy (Thesis: "Experimental Ethics"; Supervisor: Johannes Brandl)
  • 2009 - 2013: BSc in Psychology (Thesis: "The Therapeutic Real Relationship")


Academic career

  • since 2018: PhD student as part of the FWO / FWF project "The Puzzle of Imagistic Cognition" (Supervisors: Christopher Gauker and Bence Nanay)
  • 2015 - 2017:  Teaching Assistant (for Heinrich Ganthaler, Johannes Brandl and Christopher Gauker)
  • 2017 - 2018: Visiting Scholar at the University of California (Irvine)
  • 2014 - 2015:  Tutor for propositional and predicate logic (for Lena Zuchowski)


research and teaching interest

The interdisciplinary realm between Psychology and Philosophy, e.g.:

  • Philosophy of Psychology ("Representation" in the empirical sciences, Mental Files, Perception, Mental Imagery)
  • Philosophy of Mind (Intentionality, Normative Theories of Meaning, Communication)
  • Moral Cognition (Moral Dilemmas, Moral Disgust, connections to Social Cognition / Theory of Mind)
  • Metaphilosophy (Intuitions, Experimental Philosophy, implications of empirical science for normative ethics and metaethics)
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