Maximilian Philipps, M.A.

Maximilian Philipps, M.A.

Doctoral student
University of Mannheim
Lehrstuhl Philosophie I
L 9, 5 – Room 002
68161 Mannheim

Maximilian Philipps is a doctoral student at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy/Philosophy of Language. Before progressing to his doctoral studies, he studied Philosophy, Business and Media- and Communication Science at the University of Mannheim. His research interests focus on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein on which he wrote several student papers as well as a final thesis on Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics. His dissertation, which is connected to the chair’s research project „Mind the Meaning: The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism”, deals with Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology. It focuses on the expressivist tendencies in this late part of Wittgenstein’s oeuvre. 


  • Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology (working title)

    Maximilian Philipps

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag, Chair of Philosophy I

    My dissertation deals with Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology, which is the focus of his later writings after the Philosophical Investigations. My preliminary thesis is that Wittgenstein’s discussion of psychological terms is motivated primarily by the idea of philosophy as a criticism of language. Therefore, it can be understood in analogy to other parts of Wittgenstein’s work, such as his Philosophy of Mathematics.

    I also explore the expressivist tendencies in Wittgenstein’s later philosophy. In particular, I investigate how these fit into the context of his Philosophy of Psychology and whether there are connections to the reoccuring topics of aspect seeing and color perception.