Profile of the Leipzig Research Center
for Early Child Development (LFE)

Prof. Dr. Kristina Musholt

Head of Department  |  Research Group Musholt

Cognitive Anthropology
Department of Philosophy at Leipzig University
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
T +49 (0) 341 97 37 056


Further Information

Interdisciplinary Cooperation Research
Self and Others
Teaching Rationality
Children’s Why-Questions
Development of Intellectual Humility
09/2015 –Professor of Cognitive Anthropology
Department of Philosophy | Leipzig University, Germany
2014 – 2019Member of „Junge Akademie“
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
09/2013 – 08/2015Junior Professor of Neurophilosophy
Department of Philosophy | Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
2010 – 2013LSE Fellow
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method | London, UK

Deputy Director
„Forum for European Philosophy” | London, UK
2007 – 2009Visiting student
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy | MIT, Cambridge, USA
2007 – 2011Ph.D. Philosophy
Humboldt University Berlin || Berlin School of Mind and Brain
2003 – 2004Visiting researcher
Seconda Università di Napoli | Italy
2002 – 2006M.A. Philosophy
Dipl. (MSc) Neuroscience
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
2000 – 2002Pre-Dipl. Philosophy and Human Biology
Philipps University Marburg, Germany


Musholt, K. (2015) „Thinking about Oneself: From nonconceptual content to the concept of a self”. MIT Press.

Journal Articles

Cahen, A. & Musholt, K. (2016) „Perception, nonconceptual content, and immunity to error through misidentification. Inquiry doi: 10.1080/0020174X.2015.1122548

Felisberti, F. & Musholt, K. (2014) „Self-face recognition: Individual differences and discrepancies associated with mental self-face representation, attractiveness and self-esteem.” Psychology & Neuroscience 7(2), 65-72

Munro, E. & Musholt, K. (2014) „Neuroscience and the risks of maltreatment”. Children and Youth Services Review 47, 18-26.

Musholt, K. (2013). „A philosophical perspective on the relation between cortical midline structures and the self”. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00536

Musholt, K. (2013). „Self-consciousness and nonconceptual content.” Philosophical Studies 163 (3), pp. 649-672, doi: 10.1007/s11098-011-9837-8

Musholt, K. (2012). „Selbstbewusstsein als perspektivische Differenzierung”. Pädagogische Rundschau 66, pp. 477-486

Musholt, K. (2012). „Self-consciousness and intersubjectitivity“. Grazer Philosophische Studien 84, pp. 63-89.

Crone, K., Musholt, K & Strasser, A. (2012). „Towards an integrated theory of self-consciousness”. Grazer Philosophische Studien 84, pp. v-xvi.

Musholt, K. (2012). „Concepts or metacognition – what is the issue? Commentary on Savanah’s ‚Concept-possession hypothesis of self-consciousness’“ Consciousness & Cognition 21, pp.721-722.

Musholt, K. et al. (2009). „Neonatal separation stress reduces glial fibrillary acidic protein- and S100ß-immunoreactive astrocytes in the rat medial precentral cortex.” Developmental Neurobiology, 69 (4), pp. 203-211.

Northoff, G. & Musholt, K. (2006). „How can Searle avoid property dualism? Autoepistemic limitation and epistemic-ontological inference.” Philosophical Psychology, 19 (5), pp. 589-605

Book Chapters

Musholt, K. (2015) “Der Selbstbegriff in Philosophie, Neurowissenschaften und Psychiatrie — Zum Spannungsverhältnis von Naturalismus und Normativität.” In: Brücher, K. (Hg.) Selbstbestimmung. Parodos Verlag, Berlin, 41-57.

Musholt, K. (2008). „Das Ich als Illusion? Zum Verhältnis von Neurowissenschaften und Philosophie.” In: Höfer, M. & Rath, D. (Hrsg.) 50 Entwürfe junger Wissenschaftler für die Welt von morgen.

Northoff, G. and Musholt, K. (2006). „Können wir unser eigenes Gehirn als Gehirn erkennen?” In: Reichertz, J. and Zaboura, N. (Hrsg.) Akteur Gehirn – oder das vermeintliche Ende des handelnden Subjekts.


(2014) Review of „The self in question“ by Andy Hamilton, Notre Dame Review of Philosophy

(2014). Review of „Immunity to error through misidentification“ by Prosser, S. & Recanati, F. (eds.), Mind

(2013). „A flawed challenge worth pondering“, Review of ‘Mind and Cosmos’ by Thomas Nagel, Science 339 (6125), p. 1277

(2012). Review of „The things we do and why we do them” by Constantine Sandis, Times Higher Education

Edited Volumes

Crone, K., Musholt, K. & Strasser, A. (Hrsg.). „Facets of Self-Consciousness“. Special Issue, Grazer Philosophische Studien 84 (2012).