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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy/Ethics

Berit Braun

Berit Braun

E-Mail: berit.braun@hu-berlin.de


Research Interests

Philosophy of Death, metaethics (moral reasons and conflicts), praise and blame.


Doctoral student in Philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin since autumn 2016, supported by the Prodoc-Scholarship of the Carl und Max-Schneider Stiftung zur Förderung der Philosophie (October 2016 to March 2017). M.A. and B.A. in philosophy and mathematics in Bonn, Wuppertal, Berlin and New York. From April 2017 until March 2018 research assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at HU Berlin (substituting for Jan Gertken).

Talks & Comments

Death and Immortality. Why the Former is Bad and the Latter Need not be, 9th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP 9), LMU Munich (23 August 2017)

“Positive reaktive Einstellungen” [“Positive Reactive Attitudes”], IV. Tagung für Praktische Philosophie, University of Salzburg (30 September 2016)

“Positive Reactive Attitudes”, 6th Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference, Princeton University (7 September 2016)

Current Project

The Evil of Death. Discussing a Problem of Value (PhD Research Project)

Most of us take death to be a great evil for the person who dies. This claim is, however, confronted with a number of important challenges: the problem of the missing subject, the timing puzzle and the problem of symmetry between post-mortem and pre-vital non-existence. Besides giving a critical examination of existing accounts, my research project aims to present a new explanation of why death can be bad for the person who dies.


Philosophy of Death
Introductory Seminar, Winter 2017/18

Killing in War
Introductory Seminar, Summer 2017