Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Lisa Vogt

LOGOS, BIAP, University of Barcelona

Freie Universität Berlin

University of Lucerne



Lisa Vogt



Curriculum Vitae

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I am a PhD student at LOGOS under the supervision of Sven Rosenkranz and Esa Díaz-León. Moreover, I am a lecturer ("Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin") at the Freie Universität Berlin and a research fellow in the SNF project "Being without Foundations" at the University of Lucerne. My PhD research has been part of the H2020 Marie Curie Training and Research Network "DIAPHORA - Philosophical Problems, Resilience and Peer Diasgreement" from 2016 to 2019. During my PhD, I have been a visitor of the eidos research group at the University of Geneva for about two years, working with Fabrice Correia, and did a three-months internship in the NGO "Search for Common Ground" in Brussels. Before joining LOGOS in 2016, I obtained a master's degree in philosophy from the Humboldt University Berlin and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Konstanz. 

My main research interests lie in metaphysics, and, in particular, at the intersections of metaphysics, logic, and the philosophy of science. In addition, I am also strongly interested in the philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics. The core of my research brings together two debates: on the one hand the debate on natural modality (laws of nature, causation, counterfactuality, dispositions), and on the other the debate on the metaphysical structure of reality (concerning notions such as grounding, essence, and fundamentality).

One position on natural modality I am particularly interested in is so-called dispositional essentialism. On this view, at least some of the fundamental properties have dispositional essences which "specify" their causal-nomological roles, and which are the sources of natural modality. My PhD dissertation explores the metaphysical foundations of dispositional essentialism: It develops a nominalist account of the view, argues that we should understand the explanatory role of essence in terms of a sui generis form of essentialist determination rather than ground, and defends dispositional essentialism against one of the most pressing objections raised against it, viz., the objection that the view conflicts with highly plausible assumptions regarding the connections between essence and ground and is thus inherently unstable.

In addition to the research on my dissertation, I have been recently doing collaborative work on partial fundamentality, on the modal status of the laws of nature, and on the special composition question.

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