Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Theoretical Philosophy

Dr. Romy Jaster

Since October 2016 Romy Jaster works as lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Chair for Theoretical Philosophy at the Humboldt University. Her research topics are abilities and free as well as prejudices and stereotypes.

Romy Jaster has studied in Bielefeld and at the Humboldt University where she has received a doctor´s degree with a dissertation on abilities. She received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Carl und Max-Schneider-Stiftung and was a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame, the Ecole normale supérieure and the Australian National University.


Career and Education


Current research projects

Current talks (selection)



Office Hours


Curriculum Vitae

Career path

since 10/2016

Lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin


Lecturer at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg



Doctoral degree| Humboldt University of Berlin | summa cum laude

Dissertation: "Agents' Abilities"

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Barbara Vetter, Prof. Dr. Christian Nimtz


Scholarly visit | Australian National University, Canberra

2013 Scholarly visit | Ecole normale supérieure, Paris


Master Philosophie | Humboldt University of Berlin


Bachelor Philosophy & Linguistic| Bielefeld University


A-levels (Abitur); prior to this, four semesters (Bachelor Philosophy) 

during school at the Bielefeld University




"Contextualism and Gradability", in: T. Spitzley, M. Hoeltje & W. Spohn (Hgg.), GAP.8 Proceedings: 313-323.

"Dispositionen in der Metaphysik der Wissenschaften", Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 66(3): 429-447. (With Barbara Vetter)


Current research projects

Articles and contributions

Revise and Resubmit at Philosophy Compass: "Dispositional Accounts of Abilities" (with Barbara Vetter)

Under review: "Can and Can't - A Paradox of Time Travel Revisited"

"Fähigkeitsbasierte Freiheitstheorien und das Problem des Determinismus" (Working title; with Ansgar Beckermann)

"Power as an Ability" (Working title; with Daniel James)

"Contextualizing Free Will" (working title)

"Yes, we can! The success view of abilities" (working title)



2019: Glaube und Irrationalität Münster: Mentis. (With Peter Schulte)



Current talks (Selection)



"Power as an Ability" | ECAP München (mit Daniel James)



"Handlungsfähigkeiten" | Universität Essen



"From the Simple Conditional Analysis to the Success View of Ability" | Universität Konstanz

"Abilities" | GAP.9 | Osnabrück

"Vom Können - Eine Mögliche-Welten-Analyse von Handlungsfähigkeiten" | Fähigkeiten: Vom Tun, Können und Wissen | FU Berlin

"Can and Can't - A Paradox of Time Travel Revisited" | Lewisian Variations | Hamburg University

"Kausalität und kontrafaktische Abhängigkeit" (Commentary on Thomas Kroedel's "Mental Causation: A Counterfactual Theory") | G27 Meeting | HU Berlin

"A New Account of Agents' Abilities" | Language and World | Hamburg University


Conference organisation


DGPhil Congress "Norm und Natur" | September 2017, HU Berlin | Mitglied Steering Committe

"Causation, Control, and Abilities: The Agency Dimension of Moral Responsibility” | August 2017, HU Berlin | with Johannes Himmelreich

"(Ir)rationaler Glaube? Zur Vereinbarkeit von Rationalität und Theismus" | June 2016, Bielefeld university| with Peter Schulte

"Abilities, Agency, Freedom" | 2011, HU Berlin | with Barbara Vetter

"Neue Themen der analytischen Philosophie" (Students workshop) | 2010, HU Berlin



Winter Semester 2017/18 HS Fähigkeiten
  Ü Schreiben und Argumentieren / Argumentation und Sprache
Summer Semester 2017 PS Unconscious Bias - Kognitive Verzerrungen und unbewusste Vorurteile
  Ü Schreiben & Argumentieren / Argumentation und Sprache

Winter Semester 2016/17 

PS Willensfreiheit


HS Kontextualismus


Office: Unter den Linden 6, Room 3023

E-Mail: romy.jaster /at/

Telefon: (+49) (0)30 2093 2854

Postal address: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Office hours

During semester breaks only upon request (please allow for up to two weeks waiting time for an appointment).

During the winter semester 2022-23: Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm.

In exceptional cases upon request.