Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Philosophy | DFG-Emmy-Noether-Research Group: A Sensible World | 2 PhD positions from March 2022 at the Emmy-Noether Group "A Sensible World", Dr. H. Taieb, Applications deadline 31.10.2021

2 PhD positions from March 2022 at the Emmy-Noether Group "A Sensible World", Dr. H. Taieb, Applications deadline 31.10.2021


Research fellow (PhD Student) with part-time employment (65%) - E 13 TV-L HU (temporary third-party funding for 3 years subject to approval, from March 2022 to February 2025 [start date negotiable])


The Emmy-Noether research group "A Sensible World", to be funded by the DFG for up to six years (2020-2026), aims to study the debates on secondary qualities that took place in and around the School of Brentano. lt will analyze these debates in all their richness and complexity, and thus explore this issue through a broad network of authors: in Franz Brentano himself and his closest pupils Anton Marty and Carl Stumpf, in Alexius Meinong and his heirs Alois Höfler and Stephan Witasek, and in Edmund Husserl and his early students Adolf Reinach and Edith Stein, among many others. The research group will study the novel, but still little-known inquiries conducted within this network of authors on the phenomenology, metaphysics, and epistemology of secondary qualities, and consequently on the relation between our naive and scientific worldviews.For more information on the project, please visit its website:


Job description:

  • Scientific work in research in the context of the abovementioned project
  • Preparation for further academic qualification: PhD dissertation
  • Participation in and assistance in the organization of activities of the research group, such as workshops and conferences



  • Completed university education in philosophy (MA)
  • Interest in nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy including phenomenology, and/or contemporary theories of colors and other sensory qualities, and/or issues about the naive and the scientific worldviews
  • Excellent knowledge of English and German


Please send your application (letter of motivation; CV; degrees and diplomas; writing sample of 8,000 words max.; PhD project proposal of 1,000 words max.) until the 31th of October 2021, with the HU reference number DR/108/21, to: 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Dr. Hamid Taieb, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany 

or preferably in electronic form as one single pdf (titled: family name, personal name_DR/108/21) to and CC:

One letter of recommendation should be sent separately and directly by its author to and CC:

Contact: Hamid Taieb (research group leader),

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. 

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