Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy/Ethics

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Leo Eisenbach


Research Interests Epistemic and practical normativity, political philosophy, normative ethics.
Vita Doctoral Student at Humboldt University since April 2022, supported by the Elsa-NeumannStipendium of the state Berlin. Prior to that, studies in Philosophy and Political Science in
Frankfurt, Lyon and Berlin.
Talks (Selection) „Analyzing Hypological Properties”, Summer Institute on Practical Normativity, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, TBD.
„Commendatory Reasons and the Rationality of Preferences”, Workshop on Oughts and Reasons, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 20.02.2021 (online).
„Perspectivism, Testimony and the Practical Ought”, Humboldt-Princeton Graduate Seminar on Normativity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Princeton University, 13.07.2020 (online).
Current project

Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness: moral and epistemic

Sometimes, we deserve moral praise for our actions, and sometimes, we deserve moral blame for our actions. But it seems that, sometimes, we also deserve epistemic praise or epistemic blame, that is, praise or blame for our epistemic attitudes, like our beliefs. The idea that praiseworthiness and blameworthiness are not merely moral concepts, but also epistemic ones, has gained some attraction in the most recent literature on normativity. However, it remains underexplored to which extent these concepts are structurally analogous in the moral and the epistemic domain, and accordingly, whether they can be given a unified analysis – one that holds both in the moral and the epistemic domain. In my PhD-project, I will argue that praiseworthiness and blameworthiness are indeed structurally analogous in the moral and the epistemic domain and, given that, I will try to develop a unified analysis of these concepts. For this purpose, I plan to build on an analysis developed in moral philosophy that is based on the concept of a reason.