Dr. phil. Inga Bones

Dr. phil. Inga Bones

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Currently, I am working on issues at the intersection between the metaphilosophical debate around conceptual engineering and the descriptive and normative debates around harmful speech, especially hate speech and slurs. I am particularly interested in the questions of how exactly we should understand the term ‘hate speech’ and of whether or not reclamation or re-appropriation is plausibly viewed as a form of conceptual engineering.

Besides my academic activities, I am an active member of the think tank Forum für Streitkultur.

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Language, esp. vagueness and context-sensitivity, the semantics-pragmatics divide, non-ideal speech (hate speech, slurs, generics).

  • Metaphilosophy, esp. conceptual engineering & conceptual analysis, Ordinary Language Philosophy.

Areas of Competence (Teaching)

  • Philosophy of Mind & Epistemology, esp. mind-body problem, skepticism.

  • Logic, both classical and non-classical.

Selected Publications

  • How to Swim in Sinking Sands: The Sorites Paradox and the Nature and Logic of Vague Language; Paderborn: mentis, forthcoming.

  • „Contextualism and the Sorites Paradox“ (with Diana Raffman), in Oms, Sergi & Zardini, Elia (eds), The Sorites Paradox, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 63–77.

Talks (Recent & Upcoming)

  • „Pornography without Dehumanization“, 2020 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, July 10–12, 2020, University of Kent

  • „Pornography without Dehumanization“, Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, July 3–5, 2020, University of Edinburgh

  • „Das wird man ja wohl noch sagen dürfen? Hate Speech und Meinungsfreiheit“, Collegium Gissenum, June 23, 2020, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

  • „Ein Sandkorn macht noch keinen Haufen? Paradoxien der Vagheit“, Ringvorlesung Paradoxien, January 13, 2020, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg (invited)

  • Conference on „Philosophical Method(s)?“, December 5 & 6, 2019, Zagreb [Title omitted to ensure anonymity of blind review]

  • „Engineering ‘Hate Speech’“, Tagung für Praktische Philosophie, September 26 & 27, 2019, Salzburg

  • „Engineering ‘Hate Speech’“, Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, June 28–30, 2019, Cardiff University

  • „Engineering ‘Hate Speech’“, 11th LOGOS Workshop on Issues in Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering, May 30–31, 2019, Barcelona

  • Workshop with Avner Baz, December 10, 2018, Zürich [Title omitted to ensure anonymity of blind review]

Short CV

Since 08/2018 Lecturer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
02/2018 PhD Defense (summa cum laude)
04/2017–08/2018 Lecturer, Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg
04/2016–03/2017 Lecturer, Bielefeld University
10/2011–09/2017 Dissertation Project on the Sorites Paradox, Dissertation Committee: Prof. Gerhard Ernst (Erlangen), Prof. Rosario LaSala (Erlangen), and Prof. Geert Keil (HU Berlin)
09/2014–12/2014 Research Stay, University of Toronto, Canada (with Prof. Diana Raffman)
10/2008–09/2011 Master’s Studies in Philosophy and Linguistics (graduated with honors), Stuttgart University
10/2005–09/2008 Bachelor’s Studies in German Studies and Philosophy, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf