Dr Ulrich Stegmann

Dr Ulrich Stegmann
Dr Ulrich Stegmann
Dr Ulrich Stegmann


Accepting PhDs

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+44 (0)1224 273679
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50-52 College Bounds

Room CB504

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History


I am a Reader in Philosophy in the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and History of Art, which I joined in 2009. In 2016, I was a Visiting Professor for the Philosophy of the Life Sciences at Utrecht University. Before coming to Aberdeen, I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, and a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol. I received my MA and PhD from King’s College London and, prior to that, studied biology in Germany.


  • Philosophy 
    2006 - King's College London 


  • Philosophy 
    2003 - King's College London 


  • Zoology 
    2000 - University of Wuerzburg 

    Dr. rer. nat.

  • Biology 
    1996 - University of Bremen 


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Head of Philosophy

External Memberships

Member of the Nominations Committee, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology


Research Overview

Philosophy of Science, especially the History and Philosophy of Biology

My research focuses on genetic causation, the nature of purportedly informational or representational phenomena, and the role of diagrams in mechanistic modelling. Much of my work addresses these issues in the context of molecular biology and animal behaviour studies. The overall goal of my work is a better understanding of biology as it is actually practiced, its fundamental concepts, its ontological commitments, its tools and methods. Some of my work employs historical research to address the philosophical issues at stake.


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Philosophy.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Science
  • History of Medicine

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


My current supervision areas are: Philosophy.

Supervision is offered in general philosophy of science (e.g. models, visual representations, causation, explanation, experimentation) and the history and philosophy of the life sciences (including neuroscience and biomedicine).

Funding and Grants

Several funding organisations have supported my research, including the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, and the Carnegie Trust. 




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