Tobias Schlicht
Lichtenberg-Professor of Philosophy

I am a philosopher. My research focuses mainly on consciousness and cognition, and draws on both philosophy and the sciences of the mind. Further interests include Kant's theoretical philosophy and the philosophy of cognitive science broadly.

Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150 / GA3, 29
44801 Bochum, Email: tobias dot schlicht at rub dot de

Three exciting workshops coming up in September!

Metaphysics of Experience, September 1-2, 2022

This hybrid workshop, organized with Albert Newen and planned for Jan 2021 and postponed due to the pandemic, engages with the metaphysical nature of the conscious properties of experience. Register by email to

Thursday, September 1st:
09:00 arrival and coffee
09:30 David Papineau (King’s College/CUNY): Problems for representationalism
10:45 coffee
11:00 Alex Byrne (MIT): Experience and Objectivity
12:15 Lunch
13:30 Umrao Sethi (Brandeis): Accounting for seeming presence
14:45 coffee
15:15 Albert Newen (RUB): The ALARM Theory of Consciousness
16.30 coffee
16.45 Laura Gow (Liverpool): Wannabe Representation
19.00 Dinner (Living Room, Bochum)

Friday September 2nd:
09:00 arrival and coffee
09:30 Stefanie Grüne (Berlin): Are representationalism and naïve realism compatible?
10:45 coffee
11:00 Alex Grzankowski (Birkbeck): Awareness of Universals
12:15 Lunch
13:30 Katalin Farkas (CEU Vienna): The metaphysics of cognitive experience
14:45 coffee
15:15 Heather Logue (Leeds): Purpose and procedure in the metaphysics of perceptual experience
16.30 coffee
16.45 Tim Crane (CEU Vienna): Can representationalism survive Papineau's critique?

Bad Beliefs, 
September 16

This workshop on Bad Beliefs. Conspiracy Theories, Testimony, and Resistance to Evidence is part of the GAP11 congress. Please register by email to

Friday, September 16th
08.30 Welcome Coffee

09.00 Neil Levy (Macquarie University/University of Oxford):
Bad Beliefs. Why they happen to good people

10.15 Mona Simion (University of Glasgow): Knowledge and Disinformation

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00 Thomas Grundmann (University of Cologne): Is Nudging Giving Reasons?

13.15 Lunch Break

14.45 Rachel E. Fraser (University of Oxford): Narrative Scaffolds

16.00 Coffee Break

16.15 Joseph E. Uscinski (University of Miami): Are Conspiracy Theories “Bad” Beliefs?

17.30 Alessandra Tanesini (University of Cardiff): Mindshaping and intellectual virtues

19.30 Dinner

Phenomenal Realism and Illusionism, 
September 29-30 

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Thursday, September 29
10.00 Keith Frankish (Sheffield/Crete/ Open University): An Illusionist Manifesto
11:45 Michelle Liu (Hertfordshire): Are laypeople phenomenal realists?
14.30 Katalin Balog (Rutgers): Thank God qualia are real, even if God isn’t
16.15 Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts): Qualia are virtual, and none the worse for it. So are songs and dollars

Friday, September 30
10:00 Krzysztof Dołęga (Bochum): What do illusionists talk about when they say that there is ‘something-it-is-like’ to experience consciousness?
11:45 François Kammerer (Bochum): Defining consciousness and denying its existence. Sailing between Charybdis and Scylla
14:30 Hedda Hassel Mørch (Inland Norway): Breaking the stalemate between illusionism and realism
16.15 David Papineau (King’s College / C.U.N.Y.): Reduce or Eliminate? The Varieties of Consciousness Worth Wanting