The project has members employed in, or otherwise directly funded by the project, associate members, with whom members of the project collaborate, and it hosts visiting fellows.

Foto RaphaelDr. Raphael van Riel (PI)

Raphael studied philosophy in Hamburg, Paris, Tilburg and Bochum, where he earned his PhD in 2010. Since then, he held positions as an assistant professor in Bochum and Essen, as a visiting lecturer in Basel, and as acting chair for theoretical philosophy in Marburg. He spent several months in Barcelona as a visiting fellow. Since 2012, he is Dilthey Fellow and PI in the project “A Study in Explanatory Power”, and has a research position at the Institute for Philosophy at the University Duisburg-Essen. He has published on various topics, mostly in theoretical philosophy. For more information, you may visit his website.

Foto Pic HousamDr. Housameddem Darwish (Permanent Fellow, based in Cologne)

Housamedden Darwish joined the group in 10.2016. He studied philosophy and specialized in hermeneutics and methodology of the social and human sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux III in 2010. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at Cologne University. He has published articles and books in philosophy, politics and religion. In 2012, he published 2 books with L’Harmattan (Paris): “Paul Ricoer et la problématique de la méthode dans l’hermeneutique’ and “Paul Ricoeur: La problématique de la méthode et le déplacement herméneutique du texte à l’action et à la traduction’. He was a lecturer at Tishreen University in Syria from 2002 to 2004.

Dr. Daniel James (PostDoc)

Daniel joined the project in April 2017.

Heiner Koch (PhD student)

Heiner joined the project in April 2018. More info is coming soon.



Dr. Anna-Maria A. Eder (External Scientific Member)

Anna-Maria A. Eder is an Assistant Professor at Cologne University, and was a member of the project from 2014-2016. For more information, please visit her personal website.

Dr. Insa Lawler (External Scientific Member)

Insa Lawler is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ruhr-University Bochum, and was a member of the project from 2014-2018. For more information, please visit her personal website.

Dr. Lars Dänzer (Associate Member)

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Dr. Markus Eronen (Associate Member)

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Dr. Miguel Hoeltje (Associate Member)

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