Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan
ACHIM STEPHAN (* 1955) is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. He has studied Philosophy, Mathematics, Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen (1988) with a dissertation on Freud's implicit theory of meaning. In 1998 he habilitated at the University of Karlsruhe with a comprehensive book on emergence, prediction, and self-organization. He had visiting positions at the VU Amsterdam and the University of Ulm, and has held research fellowships at both the Hanse Institute of Advanced Study (Delmenhorst) and the Konrad Lorenz Institute (Altenberg/Vienna). Recently, he was a member of two ZiF Research groups at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Bielefeld) on Emotions as Bio-Cultural Processes and Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines, respectively. He has written extensively on the topic of emergence, and published and edited several books (e.g. Emergenz. Von der Unvorhersagbarkeit zur Selbstorganisation, 2005).