Michael O'Leary

Michael O'Leary


Assistent / Doktorand (Professur Wild)

Büro

Philosophisches Seminar
Steinengraben 5
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Doktorand (eikones)

Büro

Rheinsprung 9/11
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Vita

PhD student, SNSF-doc.CH

BA in Philosophy and English, Université de Fribourg
MA in Philosophy and English, Universität Basel
languages: Swiss German, Standard German, French, English, Italian
Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Sciences, Animal Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Iconic Criticism, Philosophy of Language

Since Fall 2016, I have been working on my PhD project "The Formats of Mental Representation. Explaining Differences in Human and Nonhuman Animal Thought", which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Wild (Basel) and Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers). The project is funded by a Doc.CH fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation and associated with the eikones graduate school "Iconic Criticism – The Power and Meaning of Images". The PhD project elaborates the importance non-sentential forms of representation could have for interpreting human and nonhuman animal thought. In particular the cartographic representational format will be scrutinised.

Throughout my studies, my strong interest for philosophy perpetually returned to the Philosophy of Mind, particularly the problem of how we should conceive of the contents of thought. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Markus Wild and Dr. des. Christian Steiner, I wrote my MA thesis “Bildliches Denken: Mentale Repräsentationen im Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Bild und Wort” (‘Iconic Thought: Mental representations spanning from images to words’), which contrasts conceptual with iconic understandings of the contents of thought.

teachings & assistantships

  • Fall 2016: teaching a graduate seminar: "Representing in/with maps", jointly with Prof. Dr. Markus Wild.
  • May 2013 - Jul 2016: Student assistant to the research project “Biosemantics and Normative Pragmatism” directed by Prof. Dr. Markus Wild, funded by the Swiss National Sciences Foundation (SNSF), Universities of Fribourg and Basel.
  • Spring 2015  : Co-organisation of a graduate reading group on the intersection between philosophy and logic, jointly with Jelscha Schmid, BA, University of Basel
  • Fall 2014 : Co-organisation of a graduate reading group on the intersection between philosophy and logic, jointly with Thomas Jacobi, MA, University of Basel.
  • Feb-Jun 2014  : Teaching the tutorial for the introductory course in theoretical philosophy, jointly with Prof. Dr. Markus Wild, University of Basel.
  • Fall 2011 : Teaching the tutorial for the introductory course in logic, jointly with Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sommaruga, University of Fribourg, language: French.
  • Spring 2011  : Teaching the tutorial for the advanced course in logic, jointly with Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sommaruga, University of Fribourg, language: German.
  • Fall 2010 : Teaching the tutorial for the introductory course in logic, jointly with Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sommaruga, University of Fribourg, language: German.