I am a professor at the University of California, Irvine, where I teach in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science. I grew up in Austria and received my doctorate in philosophy from the University of Salzburg in 2006. After that, I spent two years as a postdoc at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research near Vienna. I joined UC Irvine in 2008. For more information see my CV.
I am m interested in game and decision theory, philosophy of science, the foundations of probability, the theory of measurement, and the philosophy of biology.
I am currently writing a book on “The Probabilistic Foundations of Rational Learning” under contract with Cambridge University Press.
From 2010 to 2014 I was a PI of the NSF grant “Collaborative Research: Dynamic Perspectives on Costs and Conﬂicts in Signaling Interactions” together with Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington) and Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University).
Here you can download most of my publications.
Analogical Predictive Probabilities, Mind (forthcoming)
Inductive Learning in Small and Large Worlds, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)
Merging Of Opinions and Probability Kinematics, Review of Symbolic Logic 8: 611-648 (2015)
Bayesian Convergence to the Truth and the Metaphysics of Possible Worlds, Philosophy of Science 82: 587–601 (2015)
The Robustness of Hybrid Equilibria in Costly Signaling Games, Dynamic Games and Applications (forthcoming; with K. Zollman)
David Lewis in the Lab: Experimental Results on the Emergence of Meaning, Synthese (forthcoming; with J. Bruner, C. O’Connor and H. Rubin)
Selection-Mutation Dynamics of Signaling Games, Games 6:2-31 (2015; with J. Hofbauer)
Learning Experiences and the Value of Knowledge, Philosophical Studies 171:279-288 (2014)
Probe and Adjust in Information Transfer Games, Erkenntnis 79: 835–853 (2014; with B. Skyrms and K. Zollman)
In Defense of Reflection, Philosophy of Science 80: 413-433 (2013)
Between Cheap and Costly Signals: The Evolution of Partially Honest Communication, Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 280: 20121878 (2013; with K. Zollman and C. Bergstrom)
Methodology in Biological Game Theory, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64:637-658 (2013; with K. Zollman)
Evolution, Dynamics, and Rationality: The Limits of ESS Methodology. In: Evolution and Rationality: Decisions, Co-operation, and Strategic Behaviour, edited by Ken Binmore and Samir Okasha. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 67-83 (2012; with K. Zollman)
Invariance and Meaningfulness in Phenotype Spaces, Evolutionary Biology 38: 335-351(2011; with P. Mitteroecker)
Efficient Social Contracts and Group Selection, Biology and Philosophy 26: 517-531(2011; with R. Smead)
Dynamic Stability and Basins of Attraction in the Sir Philip Sidney Game, Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 277: 1915-1922 (2010; with K. Zollman)
Generic Properties of Evolutionary Games and Adaptationism, The Journal of Philosophy 107: 80-102 (2010)
Evolutionary Dynamics of Lewis Signaling Games, Synthese 172: 177-191 (2010; with B. Skyrms, R. Smead, K. Zollman)
The Concept of Morphospace in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, Biological Theory 4: 54-67 (2009; with P. Mitteroecker)
Feasibility of Information Transfer in Binary Signaling Games, Journal of Theoretical Biology 254: 843-849 (2008; with J. Hofbauer)
Emergence of Information Transfer by Inductive Learning, Studia Logica 89: 237-256 (2008; with B. Skyrms)
Evolutionary Explanations of Indicatives and Imperatives, Erkenntnis 66: 409-436 (2007)
Evolution and the Explanation of Meaning, Philosophy of Science 74: 1-27 (2007)