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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Klassische Deutsche Philosophie

Dr. Catharine Diehl

Catharine Diehl joined the research project "Meta-Metaphysics. On Sense and Non-Sense of Ontological Disputes" in August, 2012. She is currently working on a dissertation, “Nihilism and Existential Commitment: Studies in Metametaphysics,” examines different options for denying standard accounts of individuals with the aim of clarifying the nature of ontological commitment.  

Click here for a brief description of her current PhD project. For more information about my current research, please see my academia.ed page: https://hu-berlin.academia.edu/CDiehl


Contact Details

Email: catharine.diehl@gmail.com

Mailing Address:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Philosophie
Unter den Linden 6 
10099 Berlin

Office Hours: By appointment

Catharine Diehl

Research Interests

Metaphysics, Meta-metaphysics, Philosophical Logic 
Leibniz and Kant 

Career and Education


PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, Humboldt University, Berlin


PhD, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature

Dissertation: “The Theory of Intensive Magnitudes in Leibniz and Kant"

2002 Brown University, B.A. with Honors in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, magna cum laude
Spring 2000 Visiting Student, Humboldt University, Berlin 

Selected Teaching

Summer 2013 Was gibt es? Eine Einführung in die Ontologie / Was exists? An introduction to (Meta-)ontology
Spring 2007/8/9 Introduction to German Philosophy, Department of German, Princeton University (teaching assistant) 
Fall 1999 Introductory Calculus (teaching assistant) 


2015 “Gibt es Markus Gabriels Neue Realismus" (joint with Tobias Rosefeldt), Philosophisches Jahrbuch 
2012 “The Demand for an End: Kant and the Invention of Historical Time” in Messianic Thought Outside Theology, ed. Anna Glazova and Paul North (Fordham University Press)
2009 “The Empty Space in Structure: Theories of the Zero from Gauthiot to Deleuze,”; diacritics;38.3, 93–119

Selected Talks

*"Is the Book of the World Written in Predicate Functorese?" 5th PERSP Metaphysics Workshop, "The Makings of Truth," Barcelona (December 10-11, 2015) For an abstract, see: https://barcelonapmw5andmot2.wordpress.com/titles-and-abstracts/

*“Fineness of Grain and Grounding: A Lewisian Account?”

GAP 9, Osnabrück (September 14-17, 2015); Eidos: Truth and Grounds, Ascona (May 24-29, 2015); Lewis Workshop, Hamburg (September 29, 2014)

Abstract: https://www.academia.edu/10982695/Fineness_of_Grain_and_Grounding_A_Lewisian_Account

*“Quantifying in a Fundamental Way,”

Mind, World, and Action, International University Center, Dubrovnik (August 25-29, 2014); Monism Workshop, Berlin (July 29, 2014)

*“The (Ontological) Nihilist’s Cookbook”

German Society for Analytic Philosophy Workshop for Doctoral Students, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (November 15, 2013); PERSP Metaphysics Seminar, University of Barcelona (October 25, 2013);Mind, World, and Action, International University Center, Dubrovnik (August 26-30, 2013)

*“Is Naturalness Fundamental?”

Joint HU-Berlin & Princeton Conference; LOGOS Workshop on Metametaphysics, Berlin (November 21, 2012)  

*“Metaphysical Structure, Reduction, and Identity: A Case for the Grounding Relation,” 

Mind, World, and Action (August 29, 2012); and 2nd Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference in Philosophy, Berlin (August 6, 2012)

Awards and Fellowships

2009-2011 Fellow, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin


Fulbright Grant for Study at the J. W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
2002-2008 Princeton University Fellowship
2003 Mary Cross Award (Comparative Literature Department award for top candidates)
2001 Phi Beta Kappa
2000 Undergraduate Research and Teaching Award, Brown University
1999 Philosophy Department Prize in Logic, Brown University