Philosophisches Seminar

Prof. Dr. Thomas B. Sattig

Chair of Theoretical Philosophy



Prof. Dr. Thomas Sattig
Universität Tübingen
Philosophisches Seminar
Bursagasse 1
D - 72070 Tübingen

Tel.: +49-7071-29 76079
E-Mail: thomas.sattigspam


Research Focus


Material Objects; Time, Space-time, Temporal Experience; Modality; Mereology; Vagueness and Indeterminacy; Person and Self; Metametaphysics

Curriculum Vitae

1991-1997 Studied Philosophy and German in Tübingen and Stanford
1999 B.Phil. in Philosophy, Oxford University
2001 D.Phil. in Philosophy, Oxford University
2002-2005 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and Junior Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford
2005 Guest Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles
2005-2007 Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track), Tulane University
2007-2012 Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track), Washington University in St. Louis
2010 Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium (Research residence at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
ab 2012 Professor for Theoretical Philosophy, Universität Tübingen


The Double Lives of Objects: An Essay in the Metaphysics of the Ordinary World. Oxford University Press, 2015
The Language and Reality of Time. Oxford University Press, 2006

Essays (Selection)
“Part, Slot, Ground: Foundations for Neo-Aristotelian Mereology”, Synthese (online 2019).
“The Sense of Temporal Flow: A Higher-Order Account”, Philosophical Studies (online 2018).
“Experiencing Change: Extensionalism, Retentionalism, and Marty’s Hybrid View,” in H. Leblanc & G. Bacigalupo (eds.) Anton Marty and Contemporary Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 153-74 (2018).
“The Sense and Reality of Personal Identity,” Erkenntnis 83:1139-55 (2018).
“Memory-based Personal Identity without Circularity,” in V. Buonomo (ed.) The Persistence of Persons: Studies in the Metaphysics of Personal Identity over Time, Neunkirchen-Seelscheid: Editiones Scholasticae (2017), 117-134.
“Metaphysical Ambitions in the Ontology of Objects” (Symposium on T. Hofweber’s Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 94 (2017): 481-87.
“Pluralism and Determinism,” Journal of Philosophy, 111 (2014): 135-150.
“Mereological Indeterminacy: Metaphysical But Not Fundamental,” in K. Akiba and A. Abasnezhad (eds.) Vague Objects and Vague Identity: New Essays on Ontic Vagueness (2014), 25-42.
“Vague Objects and the Problem of the Many,” Metaphysica 14 (2013): 211-223.
“The Paradox of Fission and the Ontology of Ordinary Objects,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 85 (2012): 594-623.
“Compatibilism about Coincidence,” Philosophical Review, 119 (2010): 273-313.
“Many as One,” Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 5(2010): 145-75.
“Ordinary Objects in the Relativistic World,” in Chronos: Proceedings of the Philosophy of Time Society, XI (2010-2011), 28-61.
“Identity in 4D,” Philosophical Studies, 140 (2008): 179-95.
“Temporal Predication with Temporal Parts and Temporal Counterparts,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 81 (2003): 355-368.
“Temporal Parts and Complex Predicates,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, CII (2002): 279-286.

Events Organized

Tübingen Masterclass in Theoretical Philosophy
2019: Timothy Williamson

Tuebingen Masterclass in Theoretical Philosophy (recurring)

2013: Kit Fine

2015: David Chalmers

2017: Jonathan Schaffer

Tuebingen Lecture in Metaphysics (recurring)

2013: Dean Zimmerman

Tuebingen Workshop in Metaphysics (recurring)

2013: Truth, Existence, and Fundamentality (with A. Torza)

Facets of Perception (with H. Y. Wong)

Philosophy/CIN workshop, Tuebingen, 2016

The Metaphysics of Properties and Relations (with A. Bottani)

Bergamo-Tuebingen conference, 2015

Explaining Mental Phenomena:

Perspectives from the Philosophy of Mind, Psychology, and Neuroscience (with H. Y. Wong)

Philosophy/CIN workshop, Tuebingen, 2012