Dr. Sebastian Schmidt



Area of specialisation

  • Epistemology

  • (Meta)ethics


Area of interest

  • Moral Psychology

  • Animal Ethics

  • Later Wittgenstein

  • Ancient Philosophy

Curriculum vitae

09/2021– present

Research Associate

African Center for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS), University of Johannesburg

12/2020 – present

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Zurich

02/2022 – 03/2022

Visiting Research

African Center for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS), University of Johannesburg, mentored by V. Mitova

10/2015 – 11/2020

Ph.D. in Philosophy

FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Title of Dissertation: The Problem of Mental Responsibility. Outlines of an Ethics of Mind

10/2019 – 11/2020


University of Zurich

04/2019 – 07/2019

Assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

2015 – 2019

Visiting Graduate Student

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), mentored by P. Hieronymi

City University of New York (CUNY), mentored by D. Papineau

University of Reading, mentored by D. Owens.

10/2013 – 09/2015

M.A. in Philosophy


04/2011 – 03/2014

B.A. in Philosophy and German Studies

FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Selected publications

Edited Volumes

Schmidt, S. & Ernst, G. (2020). The Ethics of Belief and Beyond. Understanding Mental Normativity

New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Epistemology series).

Journal Articles

Schmidt, S. (2022). Blameworthiness for Non-Culpable Attitudes

Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1-17. Online first.

Schmidt, S. (2021). On Believing Indirectly for Practical Reasons

Philosophical Studies, 1-25. Online first.

Schmidt, S. (2021). Epistemic Blame and the Normativity of Evidence

Erkenntnis, 1-24. Online first.

Schmidt, S. (2020). Rationality and Responsibility

Australasian Philosophical Review 4, 379-385.

Schmidt, S. (2017). Why We Should Promote Irrationality

Grazer Philosophische Studien 94 , 605-615.