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Dr Tillmann Vierkant

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 0131 651 3748


Dr Tillmann Vierkant joined the department on 1st September 2005 as Lecturer in Philosophy of Mind. His PhD, awarded in 2002, investigated philosophical concepts of self in contemporary cognitive sciences. This research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Wilhelm Vossenkuhl and Professor Wolfgang Prinz at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He then undertook a three year post-doctoral research project on the consequences of contemporary cognitive science for practical philosophy as part of the interdisciplinary research project Voluntary Action: Nature and Culture of Willed Actions.

Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind, Free Will, Mental Actions, Consciousness, Implicit/explicit mental processing, Neuroethics, Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science.


1993-1998 - Philosophy Student at the LMU Munich

1999-2002 - PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute forPsychological Research, Munich.

2003-2005 - Post Doc Position and Research Coordinator of the Voluntary Action Project at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich.


Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science at all levels from Introduction to honours at the University of Edinburgh, LMU Munich, and the Jesuit School of Philosophy Munich. 

Since 2005 I have taught at least one postgraduate seminar per year and supervised at least 3 taught MSc dissertations each summer. 

Administrative Roles

-Head of Subject Area (since July 2013)

-Panel Member AHRC Scottish Graduate School

- Postgraduate Advisor Philosophy Department (2011-2013)

- Senior Tutor (2007-20010)

- Deputy Head of Department

- Course Organiser MML 

- Director of Studies

- External/Internal Examiner of various PhD Thesis

Reviewer for the Philosophical Quarterly, Erkenntnis, American Philosophical Quarterly, Mind and Language, Philosophical Explorations, Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, Psyche, Theory and Psychology Journals. 

Reviewer of the Oxford University Books Project and Routledge Books Project.

Member of the ESF Referee Pool. Project Reviews for ESF, Austrian and Portugese Science Foundation.

Head of Philosophy,Psychology and Informatics Research Seminar: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/ppig/index.htm


Research outputs

  1. Responsibility without freedom? Folk judgements about deliberate actions

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Does Science show that we lack free will?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Panel on Freedom in a social setting

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Having your cake and eating it: Open and meaningful compatibilist choices

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Grasping the nettle

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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Research projects

  1. Neurophilosophy of Free Will

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

  2. RSE International Exchange programme- Dr Thomas Marvan

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

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