People at Parmenides Foundation  Dr. Irina Spiegel

 
 
 

Born in Omsk, Russia

 

Education

1998–2000 Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg: courses in philosophy, logic and Russian studies.
2001–2003 University Bremen: M.A. in Philosophy.
2006–2010 PhD thesis “Urteilskraft bei Hannah Arendt” (“The Power of Judgment in the Works of Hannah Arendt”). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christina Schües, Prof. Dr. Lothar Knatz (magna cum laude).
 
 
 

Career

2012–2018 Research assistant at the chair of philosophy and political theory, Department of Philosophy, LMU Munich.
2013–2014 Middle-level Vice Dean, Department of Philosophy, LMU Munich.
since 2019 Research scientist at the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking Strategy
 
 
 

Research

My work is focused on the following questions: What are the criteria (necessary and sufficient conditions) of a genuine democracy? How and why is real existing democracy not a form of genuine “democracy”? How “democracy” depends on truth, or what are the criteria of so-called “epistemic democracy”? These questions will be tackled with a normative and formal approach of “judgment aggregation”. And last but not least: How can the new form of “democracy” be constituted in the real world (“democracy design”). And how important is anthropology here? In my earlier work, I gleaned many facts from anthropological research (cooperation, prosociality, rationality, self-deception), and this will implicitly be integrated in the formal approach of democracy.

 
 
 

Publications

  • Die Urteilskraft bei Hannah Arendt (Power of Judgment in the works of Hannah Arendt), Lit-Verlag, Münster 2011.
  • Handbuch Philosophie und Ethik (Handbook of Philosophy and Ethics), Edited with Julian Nida-Rümelin and Markus Tiedemann, UTB (Schönigh), Stuttgart 2015 (Second Edition 2017).
  • Articles and Papers:
  • Evolutionäre Anthropologie: Kooperation im Wir-Modus, (Evolutionary Anthropology: Cooperation in the We-Mode, with Michael Tomasello. In: Handbuch Philosophie und Ethik (in Handbook of Philosophy and Ethics), Stuttgart 2015.
  • Physik, Dompteurin der Freiheit? (Physics as a Tamer of Free Will), with Detlef Dürr. In: Handbuch Philosophie und Ethik (Handbook of Philosophy and Ethics), Stuttgart 2015.
  • Zivilgesellschaft: Die Macht der Bürger (Civil Society: The Power of Citizens) In: Handbuch Philosophie und Ethik (in Handbook of Philosophy and Ethics), Stuttgart 2015.
  • Empathie und Compassion (Empathy and Compassion) In: Handbuch Philosophie und Ethik (in Handbook of Philosophy and Ethics), Stuttgart 2015.
  • Hannah Arendt: Politische Urteilskraft (Hannah Arendt: Political Power of Judgement). In Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Ethik (Jourmal of Philosophy and Ethics), 1/2017.
  • Der Mensch zwischen Natur und Norm. Zur Notwendigkeit einer genuin interdisziplinären Anthropologie (Nature and Norm - On the necessity of a genuine interdisciplinary anthropology). In: Jahrbuch Interdisziplinäre Anthropologie 2018, Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Anthropology 2018, peer-reviewed).
 
 
 

Teaching

  • At LMU Munich 2012-2018 (selected)
  • Empathy and Cognition (Empathie und Kognition)
  • Wie ist der Mensch? Wie soll er werden? (How is the human being? How should it be?)
  • Zivilgesellschaft: Theorien und Praktiken des bürgerschaftlichen Engagements (Civil Society: Theories and Practices of Civic Engagement)
  • Bewusstsein – Ich – Gehirn (Consciousness – Mind – Brain), Research Seminar.
  • Praktiken des Selbstdenkens (Practices of Thinking Independently)
  • Adaptive Rationalität (Adaptive Rationality)
  • Pragmatische Anthropologie (Pragmatical Anthropology)
  • Tomasello: The Natural History of Human Morality
  • Selbsttäuschung (Self-Deception)
  • Gesellschaftliche Neuordnung durch „Formative Childhood“? (Civic Refoundation by means of “Formative Childhood”)
  • Einführung in Logik kollektiver Entscheidungen (Introduction to Social Choice Theory)
  • What is Judgement Aggregation? Research Seminar.
 
 
 

Talks and Conference Presentations

(selected)

13–19 October 2013: Participation on Ernst Strüngmann Forum „Formative Childhoods: A Path to Peace?“ (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies – FIAS).

25 March 2014: Workshop at LMU Teacher Education Centre: “Empathy in Education”

25 June 2015: Talk, together with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Wikileaks) “Commitment in the Digital Age”, LMU Munich.

15–20 November 2015: Talk and Workshop “Lying in Politics” (in Russian), International Conference “Communication and Commitment – Reflections to Ukraine Crisis”, at University of Kiev (Organized by DAAD).

27 November 2017: Talk on “Self-Deception”, Conference “Construction of Man” (PI Munich).

13–14 September 2018: Talk “Cooperation in the We-Mode”, Congress of German Academia Berlin, Urania.