Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Lisa Vogt

LOGOS Universitat de Barcelona

Marie Skłodowska-Curie project DIAPHORA (

Lisa Vogt



Curriculum Vitae

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I joined LOGOS as a student member in October 2016. My PhD research is supervised by Sven Rosenkranz and Esa Díaz-León, and part of the Marie Curie project DIAPHORA (

Before coming to Barcelona, I completed an MA in philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and an BA in mathematics at the University of Constance.


In the academic year 2017/18, I've been a visitor in the eidos research group at the University of Geneva. From September to December 2018, I will be doing an internship in the peace-building NGO Search for Common Ground in Brussels.


My main research interests lie on the intersection of the debate on natural modality on the one hand, and the debate on grounding, essence, fundamentality, explanation etc. on the other. I'm particularly interested in so-called anti-Humean views on natural modality. Whereas Humeans maintain that, ultimately, everything is `separate and loose' - and that laws of nature are just certain kinds of generalizations - anti-Humeans assume real connections in nature: primitive laws of nature or counterfactual facts, dispositional essences, or relations of nomic necessitation among the fundamental universals.


In my research, I explore how the different positions and arguments in the debate can be clarified and re-evaluated in light of recent developments in the literature on grounding, essence, etc., and investigate the extent to which these arguments ultimately rely on background assumptions about these notions. Recently, my work has mainly focused on various arguments for the conclusion that dispositional essentialism is in conflict with commonly held view on the connections between essence, grounding and dependence, as well as on the question of how dispositional essences can play a governing role. Some other topics that I've started to think about and would like to work on in the future are: the debate between powerful qualities vs. pure power views on dispositional essences, the inference problem for different anti-Humean views, and the explanatory circularity objection against Humeans.