Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy/Ethics

Berit Braun

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Berit Braun



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) and the Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium of the state Berlin (since April 2018). Between that (April 2017 to March 2018) research assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at HU Berlin (substituting for Jan Gertken). M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics in Bonn, Wuppertal, Berlin and New York. 

Talks & Comments

“Death and Mortality“, Berlin-Bern-Zürich Workshop Ethische Theorie, Zürich University (28.3.2019)

“Death as Extrinsically but Finally Bad. Improving the Standard Deprivation Account“, Workshop for Practical Philosphy, Saarland University (18.11.2018)

Comment on “Relationships and the Harm of Death” by Ben Davies, Biannual Conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, Uppsala University (8.8.2018)

“Losing and Never Getting. Troubles for the Standard Deprivation Account of the Evil of Death”, 8th Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference, HU Berlin (24.7.2018)

Comment on “The Bootstrapping Problem Is Not a Problem” by Camilo Martinez, 8th Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference, HU Berlin (23.7.2018)

“Death as Extrinsically but Finally Bad”, Understanding Value VII, Sheffield University (19.7.2018)

“Deprivation Before Death. A New Account of the Evil of Death”, FU-KC-HU Postgraduate Workshop in Berlin, FU Berlin (5.5.2018)

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.


Value Theory
Advanced Seminar (with Thomas Schmidt), Winter 2018/19 

Philosophy of Death
Introductory Seminar, Winter 2017/18

Killing in War
Introductory Seminar, Summer 2017