Dr. Lena Kästner


About ME

I am assistant professor in philosophy at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. I am working primarily in philosophy of science and philosophy of mind; my background is in cognitive science, especially cognitive neuroscience. I specialize in scientific explanation, experiments, and causation.

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 am now assistant professor in philosophy.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Institut für Philosophie II

Universitätsstraße 150

44780 Bochum