JProf. Dr.

Lena Kästner

about me

I am junior professor in philosophy of mind and cognitive systems at Saarland University, Germany. My primary research areas are philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, especially philosophy of cognitive science. My background is in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. I specialize in scientific explanations (particularly explanations of cognitive phenomena), causation, and scientific discovery and experimentation. Currently, I am focusing on cognitive architectures in healthy as well as pathological natural and artificially intelligent systems

In summer 2009, I graduated from University of Osnabrück, Germany with a BSc. in Cognitive Science. From Osnabrück I moved to University College London (UCL) to join their Cognitive Neuroscience program. During my time in London, I worked at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) on a project investigating the neural basis of sign language processing in the human brain. I graduated from UCL in October 2010 with an MSc. in Cognitive Neuroscience. I received my PhD in philosophy from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in 2014. My dissertation was on scientific explanations in cognitive neuroscience; it is now published with DeGruyter. Part of my project was to categorize different kinds of experiments. An abstract can be found on the CV page. In spring 2014, I took on an assistant professorship at Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In fall 2017, I moved back to Bochum where I worked as an assistant professor in philosophy. Since January 2019, I am a junior professor for philosophy of mind and cognitive systems at Saarland University.