Thomas Sturm

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


After studies in philosophy, history, and political science at the University of Göttingen and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), I obtained my PhD in 2007 from Marburg University. Before joining ICREA in 2014, I held positions at Marburg (Scientific Assistant, 1995-2000); UCSD (Visiting Lecturer, 2000), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences & Humanities (Scientific Coordinator, research group "Psychological Thought and Practice", 2001-2005), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Lorenz Krüger Fellow, 2005-2007, Research Fellow 2007-2009), and the Dept. of Philosophy, UAB (Ramón y Cajal Scholar, 2009-2014). I am member of the UAB's Center for History of Science (CEHIC), the Kant-edition at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences & Humanities, and an Associate Research Fellow at the Wilhelm Wundt Center for Philosophy & History of Psychology, Universidade Federal Juiz de Fora (Brazil).

Research interests

How is reason or rationality understood in philosophy and the human sciences? How should it be understood? These are the guiding questions for much of my research, which comprises topics reaching from early modern philosophy - esp. concerning Immanuel Kant's philosophy - up to current discussions at the interface of philosophy, psychology, and economics. I study aspects of reason in Kant's philosophy in relation to his notions of truth and science; I analyze the history as well as the potentials and limits of scientific theories of rationality; and I also study their role in politics, social science, and ethics. I'm moreover interested in the philosophy of knowledge, mind, and science. Methodologically, I combine the tools of analytic philosophy with the history of science: I am unconvinced by widespread opinions according to which they cannot, or should not, be integrated.

Selected publications

- Sturm T 2018, 'Lambert and Kant on truth' in Dyck C & Wunderlich F (eds.), Kant and his German Contemporaries, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 113-133.

- Sturm T 2018, 'Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht' in Berger L & Schmidt E (eds.), Kleines Kant-Lexikon, Stuttgart: UTB, pp. 89-93.

- Sturm T 2018, 'Psychologie' in Berger L & Schmidt E (eds.), Kleines Kant-Lexikon, Stuttgart: UTB, p. 223.

- Sturm T 2018, 'Wissenschaft' in Berger L & Schmidt E (eds.), Kleines Kant-Lexikon, Stuttgart: UTB, pp. 276-277.

Selected research activities


PI, Barcelona HPS Group

PI, Naturalism and the sciences of rationality (2016-2020) – MINECO project FFI2016-79923-P 

Member, Project New edition of Part I, “Works”, of the Academy edition of Kant’s Collected Writings (2017-2024; PI: V. Gerhardt, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – DFG project GE 657/16-1

Invited speaker at the Universities of Kaliningrad (Keynote), Bremen, Göttingen, Hannover, and UPF Barcelona

Dissemination: "Katalonien aus philosophischer Sicht: Begriffsverwirrungen und mangelhafte Argumentationen." Interview, Neue Debatte, June 9, 2018 ("Cataluña desde un punto de vista filosófico: confusión conceptual, argumentación deficiente". Pressenza, July 10, 2018).

Organization of conferences:

2nd Barcelona HPS Workshop: Rationality & Probability, May 2018

Reflections on Replication: Psychology's Current Crisis  - Workshop, with I. Flis, Utrecht, Feb. 2018

PhD theses completed:

Nov. 9, 2018 Lara Scaglia (UAB): Kant’s notion of a transcendental schema (director)

May 31, 2018 Héctor L. Pacheco Acosta (UAB): Time and memory in Kant’s theory of the self (co-director) 

Director of 4 ongoing PhD theses

Editorial board memberConTextos Kantianos - Enrahonar - Psicologia em Pesquisa - Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia

Review activities (selected)German Research Council (DFG) - German Council of Science (WR) - Kantian Journal - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science - Synthese