Prof. Dr. Geert Keil

Prof. Dr. Geert KeilHumboldt University of Berlin
Department of Philosophy
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany


Tel.: 030 – 2093 2590
Fax: 030 – 2093 2263

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Geert Keil is concerned with the epistemological aspects of deep disagreements and has a particular interest in the question how one can explain ongoing differences between cognitive peers. He assumes that the highly idealised conditions of epistemic peerhood (where both sides share the same level of information, intellectual capacity, effort of reflection, etc.) steer the debate in an unproductive direction. For empirically substantial explanations for sources of dissent, reference must be made to inter-individual differences that are not precluded by a realistically conceived epistemic peerhood. Furthermore, Geert Keil is interested in fields of applications, most notably assessment of research performance: By which factors can the large extent of peer disagreement within the peer-review process be explained? Which of these factors require sociological explanations, which require psychological explanations, and which role does the rational underdetermination of evaluations play?


Since 2010 Professor of Philosophy (with a specialism in Philosophical Anthropology) at the Humboldt University of Berlin

2005 – 2010 Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at RWTH, Aachen University

2000 – 2005 Heisenberg Scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Visiting Scholar at Stanford, USA and Basel, Switzerland

1999 Habilitation at the Humboldt University of Berlin

1998 – 1999 Feodor-Lynen Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowship at the University of Trondheim, Norway

1992 – 1999 Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin

1991 Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Hamburg with a thesis on philosophical naturalism

1988 – 1991 Research Assistant at the University of Hamburg

1988 First State Examination

1982 – 1988 Studies in Philosophy, German literature, Linguistics and Educational Science at the University of Bochum and the University of Hamburg

1963 Born in Düsseldorf, Germany

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