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Dr. Michael Schmitz, M.A.


Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, University of Vienna (since October 2012)

Visiting Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley (January – May 2012)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Group Limits of Intentionality,
Universität Konstanz (2005 – 2011)

Jacobsen Visiting Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, University College London
(October 2006 – March 2007)

Research Fellow, Center for Intentionality, Universität Konstanz (2001 – 2005)

Academic Degrees

Dr. phil (summa cum laude) Universität Konstanz (2005)

MA (philosophy, linguistics, literature) Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Collective Intentionality / Social Ontology, Philosophy of Action

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science, Practical Reasoning

Grants (selection)

Research Grant Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 2005-2008

Research Grant Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 2008-2011




Publications (selection)


Das Bewusstsein erklären [Explaining Consciousness]. (->)

Books Co-edited

Schmitz, M., Kobow, B. Schmid, B. 2013. The Background of Social Reality. Berlin: Springer.

Seebaß, G., Schmitz, M., Gollwitzer, P. 2013. Acting Intentionally: Individuals, Groups, Institutions. Berlin: DeGruyter.


Schmitz, M. 2013. “Phenomenology of Action”, in H. Pashler (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Mind. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.

Schmitz, M. 2013. “Social Rules and the Social Background”, in M. Schmitz, B. Kobow & B. Schmid (eds.) The Background of Social Reality. Springer.

Schmitz, M. 2012. “The Background: Nonconceptual, but Representational and Conscious”, in Z. Radman (ed.) From the Body of Knowledge to the Knowing Body. Palgrave MacMillan. (New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science Series).

Schmitz, M. 2011. “Limits of the Conscious Control of Action”, Journal of Social Psychology, special issue on Limits of Intentionality (eds. P. Gollwitzer, G. Seebaß & F. Wieber).

Schmitz, M. 2009. “G.E.M. Anscombe: Intention“, & „G.E.M. Anscombe“, Biogramm,”

in H. Arnold (ed.) Kindlers Literaturlexikon.

Schmitz, M. 2008. “The Microstructure View of the Brain/Consciousness Relation”, in

Helen Bohse & Sven Walter (eds.). Selected Contributions to GAP.6, Sixth International Conference of the Society for Analytical Philosophy, Berlin, 11–14 September 2006. (CD-ROM) Paderborn: mentis.

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