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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy/Ethics

Francesca Bunkenborg

Email: bunkenbf@hu-berlin.de


Research Interests

Normative ethics, moral epistemology, metaethics


Francesca is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Humboldt University and a doctoral fellow in Prof. R. Jay Wallace’s Einstein Ethics Group at the Excellence Cluster Topoi. She did her B.A. and M.A. in philosophy with a minor in social sciences at Humboldt University Berlin and held a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She was a Fulbright visiting student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2016/17) and an Erasmus exchange student at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2012/13).

Talks and Comments (selection)

“Justified Moral Uncertainty”, Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, University of Wollongong (08.-11.07.2019); Berlin-Bern-Zürich Workshop Ethische Theorie, University of Zurich (29.03.2019)

“Moral Hedging and Moral Conviction“, 4th Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference, University of Southampton (20.06.2019); 9th Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference, HU Berlin (07.-08.06.2019); Kompetenzzentrum Ethik, LMU Munich (05.12.2018)

“Conceptual Engineering Between Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory“ (with Steffen Koch), University of Oslo (21.02.2019); 10th international conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10), University of Cologne (20.09.2018)

 “What Not to Do When You Don't Know What to Do“, 10th international conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10), University of Cologne (19.09.2018)

“Perspectivist Uncertaintism“, Understanding Value VII, University of Sheffield (20.07.2018)

“Selbstvertrauen und resolutes Entscheiden“ [“Self-Trust and Resolute Choice“], V. Tagung für Praktische Philosophie, University of Salzburg (17.11.2017)

“Moral Dilemmas and Deontic Logic“, 24th Congress of the German Society for Philosophy, HU Berlin (27.09.2017); 9th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, LMU Munich (24.08.2017); 7th HU-KCL Graduate Workshop, King’s College London (22.06.2017)

Comments on Stephen Darwall: “Trust as a Second-Personal Attitude of the Heart”, 12th Nomos Meeting, Universitat de les Illes Balears (10.06.2017)

“Beyond the Wrong Kind of Reasons Problem: Further Trouble for the Buck-Passer”, 6th Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Conference, HU Berlin (24.06.2016)

Current Project

Normativity and Uncertainty (PhD Research Project)

We are often uncertain about what we ought to do. In many cases this can be traced back to uncertainty about descriptive facts. Sometimes, however, our uncertainty is purely normative. It is this latter form of uncertainty that I am interested in. Under what conditions should we be normatively uncertain? Can the fact that we are normatively uncertain about whether to act a certain way have any bearing on whether we ought to act in that way? If so, what is the correct norm for action under normative uncertainty? In the course of addressing these questions I plan to explore the prospects of a perspectivist version of the so-called "My Favourite Theory" approach.

Undergraduate seminar, Summer 2018

Introduction to Logic
Tutorial, Summer 2016, Summer 2015

Introduction to Normative Ethics
Tutorial, Winter 2015/16, Winter 2013/14

Introduction to Philosophy
Tutorial, Winter 2014/15

Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Identities
Tutorial, Summer 2014

Introduction to the Philosophy of Happiness
Tutorial, Summer 2013