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Konrad Werner PhD

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 3

00-924 Warsaw, Poland



01.12. 2016 - present: adjunct professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland

01.10. 2013 - 28.02.2016: research assistant, Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland




2013 PhD Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

            Supervisors: Jerzy Perzanowski, Jozef Bremer

            Committee: Jan Wolenski, Andrzej Klawiter


+ 2023 Habilitation in philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland

2008 MA Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

            Supervisor: Jan Wolenski


Areas of research

philosophy of perception, philosophy of mind (enactivism/embodied cognition), theory of institutions, applied ontology, meta-philosophy


Visiting appointments:

1.09.2021 - 30.06.2022: visiting scholar, University of Pittsburgh, USA (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science; sponsored by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange).

4.05.2018 - 30.05.2018: visiting faculty, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Dept. of Theoretical Philosophy; sponsored by the European Philosophy of Science Association Fellowship).


01.03.2016 - 28.02.2017: visiting scholar, Columbia University, New York, USA (Dept. of Philosophy; sponsored by the Polish governmental post-doc program "Mobility Plus").


12.09.2015 - 14.12.2015: visiting faculty, Indiana University Bloomington, USA (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science; sponsored by the Jagiellonian University and IU Bloomington). 



The Embodied Philosopher. Living in Pursuit of Boundary Questions. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022 


Rzeczywistość z aspektami [Reality with Aspects], Katedra, 2017 [in Polish]



The Problem of Presentations: How it is that one object is perceptually given in multiple ways, Synthese [in print]


Institutions as Cognitive Niches. A Dynamic of Knowledge and Ignorance. In S. Arfini. L. Magnani (eds.) Embodied, Extended, Ignorant Minds. New Studies on the Nature of Not-Knowing (Synthese Library), Springer [in print]


Cognitive confinement: theoretical considerations on the construction of a cognitive niche, and on how it can go wrong. Synthese 198, 2021: 6297–6328 doi: 10.1007/s11229-019-02464-7


(with M. Kiełkowicz-Werner) From Shared Enaction to Intrinsic Value. How Enactivism Contributes to Environmental Ethics. Topoi 2021.


(with M. Kiełkowicz-Werner) Prospects for internal embodied realism with respect to intrinsic value, Ethics and the Environment 26 (2), 2021: 21 – 50 doi 10.2979/ethicsenviro.26.2.02


Enactment and construction of the cognitive niche: toward an ontology of the mind-world connection, Synthese 197, 2020: 1313–1341


Cognitive confinement, embodied sense-making, and the (de)colonization of knowledge. Philosophical Papers 49 (2) 2020: 339 – 364 doi 10.1080/05568641.2020.1779603


Structural coupling and the puzzle of surfaces: ontology of boundaries from the minimally cognitive perspective, Adaptive Behavior 29 (6), 2020: 601 – 615 doi: 10.1177/1059712320937475


Philosophical Intuition Is the Capacity to Recognize one’s Epistemic Position. An Old-Fashion Approach Based on Russell, Carnap, Wittgenstein, and Husserl. Philosophia 48, 2020: 1725–1751 doi: 110.1007/s11406-020-00195-5


The Little Word “as.” On Making Contexts and Aspects Explicit, Axiomathes 30 2020: 69 – 90, DOI 10.1007/s10516-019-09434-1


Philosophy in Poland: Varieties of Anti-Irrationalism. A Commitment to Reason without the Worship of Reason, Philosophia 48, 2020: 1–32, DOI 10.1007/s11406-019-00074-8


Pan Cogito wypełnia kwestionariusz. Filozofia eksperymentalna wobec pytania o naturę kompetencji filozoficznej. Filozofia Nauki 27, 2019: 87 – 114  [in Polish]


Coordination produces cognitive niches, not just experiences. A formal constructivist ontology based on von Foerster, Constructivist Foundations 12 (3) 2017: 301 – 308


Zarys internalizmu ekologicznego w filozofii umysłu [An outline of ecological internalism in the philosophy of mind], Filozofia Nauki 25 (1) 2017 [in Polish].


Metaphilosophy of Mind: How Do Minds Investigate Minds? Refutation of the Theocentric View. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science 51 (1) 2017: 120 – 140 DOI 10.1007/s12124-016-9362-6


What is it like to be the metaphysical subject? An essay on early Wittgenstein, our epistemic position, and beyond, Philosophia 44, 2016: 921 – 946 DOI: 10.1007/s11406-016-9693-z


Towards a PL-metaphysics of Perception. In Search for the Metaphysical Ground of Constructivism, Constructivist Foundations 11 (1) 2015: 148 – 157


Against Grand Illusion. Some Remarks on Constructivism Coinciding with Realism. In. Ch. Kanzian, J. Mitterer, K. Neges (eds.) Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society Volume XXIII, ALWS, Kirchberg am Wechsel 2015: 334 – 336


Cognitive Evolution and the Idea of a Global Observer, Constructivist Foundations 10 (2) 2015: 245 – 248


Aspectual Shape: Presentational Approach, Axiomathes 24 (4), 2014: 427 – 440


The Many Faces of Psychoontology, Axiomathes 23 (3), 2013: 525 – 542


Przedmiot badań qua-teorii [in Polish], Diametros 31, 2012: 113 – 132 





Colin Allen, University of Pittsburgh


Józef Bremer, Jagiellonian University and Ignatianum University in Kraków


Katarzyna Paprzycka-Hausman, University of Warsaw


Achille C. Varzi, Columbia University




2021.11.30 “Confined truth and cheap beliefs in the times of filter bubbles”, The Truth Without Borders workshop, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand (online talk)

2021.11.30 “The tension between structure and change. Exploring the metaphysical underpinning of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights” Indiana University Bloomington, Polish Studies Center, Bloomington IN, USA (online talk).


2021.10.12 “Defining institutions in terms of epistemic dependencies. A shared objective of the social and cognitive sciences”, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. Available online:


2021.08.23 “Embodied institutions, ignorance and opportunity” The Enacting Chance workshop, Lorentz Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands (online talk), available online:


2019.10.19 “The Enacted Given”, Demystifying the Given, Beijing, China


2018.08.23 "Cognitive Confinement", Social Ontology Conference, Boston MA, USA


2018.05.30 “The Bucket Theory of Mind”, University of Groningen, Dept. of Theoretical Philosophy, The Netherlands.


2017.08.19 "Experimental Metaphilosophy and the Need for Qualitative Methods", Buffalo Experimental Philosophy Conference, Buffalo NY, USA


2017.03.25 "Why there presents something rather than nothing? From experimental phenomenology to metaphysics (and backwards)" Issues In Contemporary Phenomenology, Polish Academy of the Sciences, Warsaw, Poland


2016.10.20 "Mind and Places. Ontology of location and the two kinds of enactivism", Indiana University Bloomington, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, USA


2016.10.19 "Varieties of Polish Anti-irrationalism", Indiana University Bloomington, Polish Studies Center, USA


2016.08.11 "Minds and Niches" Columbia University, Dept. of Philosophy, New York, USA (summer graduate seminar)


2015.12.11 "Perspective shifters" Indiana University Bloomington, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Science (Robert Goldstone's Lab), USA.


2015.08.15 "Against Grand Illusion" 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria.


2019/2020 Epistemologia [Epistemology], University of Warsaw


2019/2010 Filozoficzne problemy nauk [Philosophy of science]. University of Warsaw


2018/2019 Perception, Representation, Enaction: In Search of the Mark of the Cognitive, in English, University of Warsaw


2017/2018 Reprezentacja [Representation: An introduction], Jagiellonian University


2016/2017 Świat i jego (re)prezentacje z perspektywy filozoficznych podstaw kognitywistyki (The world and its (re)presentations from the perspective of the philosophical foundations of cognitive science), Jagiellonian University;


2016/2017 Percepcja [Perception: An Introduction], Jagiellonian University


2010/2011; 2011/2012; 2012/2013 Filozofia umysłu [Philosophy of Mind], Jagiellonian University


2011/2012 Podstawowe problemy kognitywistyki: świadomość [Fundamental problems of cognitive science: consciousness], Jagiellonian University.  


Research grants:

2020 – 2023 Grant No 2019/33/B/HS1/01764 provided by National Science Centre, Poland


2016 – 2019 Grant No 2016/20/S/HS1/00046 provided by National Science Centre, Poland



Empirical research

2014 – 2015 in collaboration with the Consciousness Lab, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, I investigated the phenomenon of sensory substitution on the basis of mixed behavioral + qualitative studies with the equipment called Enactive Torch.



2018 European Philosophy of Science Association Fellowship


2017 – 2019 Scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for young scholars

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