Theoretical Philosophy
Inaugural lecture date 06.04.2017

Daniel Cohnitz (born in 1974) holds the chair for theoretical philosophy at Utrecht University. Cohnitz studied philosophy, German literature and language, and history at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. After graduating with an M.A. degree in philosophy and medieval history, he worked at the Institute of Philosophy at Düsseldorf and at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2005 he defended his dissertation on Thought Experiments in Philosophy (Gedankenexperimente in der Philosophie) at Düsseldorf. From 2006 to 2015 he was professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Since January 2016 he is professor of theoretical philosophy in Utrecht. His research interests include metaphilosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, language, mathematics, and logic, and related areas of philosophy and cognitive science.

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Cohnitz, D. (2018). Are Conspiracy Theories a Force for the Good?. The Philosophers' Magazine, 80 (1), (pp. 52-57).
Cohnitz, D. & Häggqvist, Sören (2018). Thought experiments in current metaphilosophical debates. In Michael T. Stuart, Yiftach J. H. Fehige & James Robert Brown (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments (pp. 406-424). Routlegde.
Rose, David, Machery, Edouard, Stich, Stephen, Alai, Mario, Angelucci, Adriano, Berniūnas, Renatas, Buchtel, Emma E., Chatterjee, Amita, Cheon, Hyundeuk, Cho, In Rae, Cohnitz, Daniel, Cova, Florian, Dranseika, Vilius, Lagos, Ángeles Eraña, Ghadakpour, Laleh, Grinberg, Maurice, Hannikainen, Ivar, Hashimoto, Takaaki, Horowitz, Amir, Hristova, Evgeniya, Jraissati, Yasmina, Kadreva, Veselina, Karasawa, Kaori, Kim, Hackjin, Kim, Yeonjeong, Lee, Minwoo, Mauro, Carlos, Mizumoto, Masaharu, Moruzzi, Sebastiano, Olivola, Christopher Y, Ornelas, Jorge, Osimani, Barbara, Romero, Carlos, Rosas, Alejandro, Sangoi, Massimo, Sereni, Andrea, Songhorian, Sarah, Sousa, Paulo, Struchiner, Noel, Tripodi, Vera, Usui, Naoki, del Mercado, Alejandro Vázquez, Volpe, Giorgio, Vosgerichian, Hrag A., Zhang, Xueyi & Zhu, Jing (01.09.2017). Behavioral Circumscription and the Folk Psychology of Belief - A Study in Ethno-Mentalizing. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 6 (3), (pp. 193-203) (11 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (06.04.2017). Critical Citizens or Paranoid Nutcases? On the Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories. (22 p.). [Utrecht]: Utrecht Univiversity.
Cohnitz, Daniel (2016). Moral Realism and Faultless Disagreement. Ratio, 29 (2), (pp. 202-212) (11 p.).
Cohnitz, Daniel & Haukioja, Jussi (01.06.2015). Intuitions in Philosophical Semantics. Erkenntnis, 80 (3), (pp. 617-641) (25 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (2015). The Metaphilosophy of Language. In Jussi Haukioja (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Language (pp. 85-108). Bloomsbury.
Sutrop, Margit & Cohnitz, Daniel (2014). Brief aus Estland. Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Philosophie, 62 (2), (pp. 321-335) (15 p.).
Cohnitz, Daniel & Marques, Teresa (2014). Disagreements. Erkenntnis, 79 (SUPPL.1), (pp. 1-10) (10 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (2014). Experimentelle Sprachphilosophie. In T. Grundmann, J. Horvath & J. Kipper (Eds.), Experimentelle Philosophie (pp. 235-258). Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft.
Cohnitz, Daniel, Pagin, Peter & Rossberg, Marcus (2014). Monism, Pluralism and Relativism - New Essays on the Status of Logic. Erkenntnis, 79 (SUPPL.2), (pp. 201-210) (10 p.).
Cohnitz, Daniel & Haukioja, Jussi (01.09.2013). Meta-externalism vs meta-internalism in the study of reference. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 91 (3), (pp. 475-500) (26 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (2013). Thought Experiments Outside Science. Metascience, (pp. 413-417).
Cohnitz, Daniel & Kangilaski, Jaan (2013). Understanding a sentence does not entail knowing its truth-conditions - Why the epistemological determination argument fails. Dialectica, 67 (2), (pp. 223-242) (20 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (2012). In Defence of Antecedent Physicalism. In A. Newen & R. van Riel (Eds.), Introduction to the Philosophy of John Perry (pp. 129-148). Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
Cohnitz, D. (2012). Review of Herman Cappelen: Philosophy without Intuition (OUP 2012). Disputatio, 33, (pp. 546-553).
Bremer, Manuel & Cohnitz, Daniel (17.10.2012). Saint Vitus Dance - The Art of Doom. Black Sabbath & Philosophy: Mastering Reality (pp. 87-95) (9 p.). Wiley.
Cohnitz, D. (2012). The Logic(s) of Modal Knowledge. In Greg Restall & Gillian Russell (Eds.), New Waves in Philosophical Logic (pp. 63-83). Palgrave Macmillan.
Rossberg, Marcus & Cohnitz, Daniel (2009). Logical consequence for nominalists. Theoria (Spain), 24 (2), (pp. 147-168) (22 p.).
Cohnitz, D. & Häggqvist, Sören (2009). The Role of Intuitions in Philosophy. Studia Philosophica Estonica, 2.2, (pp. 1-14).
Cohnitz, D. (2009). The Unity of Goodman’s Thought. In G. Ernst, J. Steinbrenner & O. Scholz (Eds.), Nelson Goodman: From Logic to Art - A Retrospection on Occasion of His 100th Birthday (pp. 33-50). Ontos Verlag.
Cohnitz, D. & Häggqvist, Sören (2007). Gedankenexperimente in der Philosophie. In M. Staschok (Eds.), Abstrakt - Exakt - Obskur: Philosophische Gedankenexperimente & Kunst (pp. 1-12). Logos Verlag Berlin.
Cohnitz, D. & Bremer, Manuel (2007). Is it Still Metallica? On the Identity of Rock Bands Over Time. In B. Irwin (Eds.), Metallica and Philosophy - A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (pp. 183-195). Blackwell-Wiley.
Cohnitz, D. (2007). Science (of) Fiction - Zur Zukunft des Gedankenexperiments in der Philosophie des Geistes. In P. Spät (Eds.), Zur Zukunft der Philosophie des Geistes (pp. 189-208). Mentis Verlag.
Cohnitz, D. (2006). Gedankenexperimente in der Philosophie. (349 p.). Mentis Verlag.
Cohnitz, Daniel & Rossberg, Marcus (2006). Nelson Goodman. (288 p.). Routlegde.
Cohnitz, Daniel (2006). Poor thought experiments? A comment on Peijnenburg and Atkinson. Journal for General Philosophy of Science - Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie, 37 (2), (pp. 373-392) (20 p.).
Cohnitz, D. (2005). Is Compositionality an apriori principle?. In M. Werning, E. Machery & G. Schurz (Eds.), The Compositionality of Concepts and Meanings - Foundational Issues (pp. 23-58). Ontos Verlag.
Bremer, Manuel & Cohnitz, Daniel (2004). Information and Information Flow - An Introduction. (243 p.). Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.
Cohnitz, D. & Smith, Barry (2003). Assessing Ontologies - The Question of Human Origins and Its Ethical Significance. In E. Runggaldier & C. Kanzian (Eds.), Persons - An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 243-259). öbv&hpt.
Cohnitz, D. (2003). Modal Skepticism - Philosophical Thought Experiments and Modal Epistemology. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, 10, (pp. 281-296).
Cohnitz, D. (2003). Personal Identity and the Methodology of Imaginary Cases. In K. Petrus (Eds.), Human Persons (pp. 145-181). Ontos Verlag.
Cohnitz, D. (2003). Ray of Light? Dietrich von Freiberg und die Geschichte von der mittelalterlichen Wissenschaft. Studia Humaniora Tartuensia, 4.B.I., (pp. 1-31).
Cohnitz, D. (2003). Two-Dimensionalism and the Metaphysical Possibility of Zombies. In B. Löwe, W. Malzkorn & T. Räsch (Eds.), Foundations of The Formal Sciences II - Applications of Mathematical Logic in Philosophy and Linguistics (pp. 55-62). Kluwer.
Cohnitz, D. (1998). In dubio pro deo:. Mythologica, (pp. 128) (152 p.).
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