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5 March 2024

Thinking like a …


Interdisciplinary work is hard: scientists from other disciplines have different problems, use different terminology, pursue different pathways to a solution and have different criteria for what makes a good solution. In order to get a better understanding of how scientists from other disciplines think and work, this workshop series dives briefly into each of 4 disciplines. In separate 2-hour-workshops, senior researchers from philosophy, law, computer science and sociology present origin, methods, quality criteria and typical problems along with canonical approaches in their fields.

  • 05.03.2024, 10am-noon: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin, LMU, on philosophy (in German, hybrid)
  • 14.03.2024, 10am-noon: Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf, JMU, on law (in German, online)
  • 25.03.2024, 10am-noon: Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid, Bamberg U, on computer science (in English, online)
  • 08.04.2024, 10am-noon: Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer, FAU, on sociology of work (in German, online)

Each 2h-workshop dives into one discipline. Please register for each workshop separately. For a certificate of attendance, 3 out of 4 workshops must be attended.


Workshop instructors may ask you to read a text prior or after the workshop. Otherwise no prior knowledge is required.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • You learn about the origin and main features of a discipline that is not yours
  • You get to solve toy problems in the discipline(s) and experience the specific ways of thinking

Participation: The workshop is an offer for members of the Graduate Center for Doctoral Students.

Prof. Sabine Pfeiffer is a member of bidt’s Board of Directors and is teaching and researching as a professor of sociology with a focus on technology, labour and society at the Nuremberg Campus of Technology (NCT) of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. 

Prof. Julian Nida-Rümelin is a member of the bidt Board of Directors. He studied philosophy, physics, mathematics and political science and is a professor emeritus of philosophy and political theory at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. 

Prof. Eric Hilgendorf is a member of bidt’s Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information and Computer Science Law at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.

Prof. Ute Schmid is a member of bidt’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is a Professor of Cognitive Systems at the University of Bamberg. She has been teaching and researching artificial intelligence for many years, focusing on human-like machine learning and methods for interactive and explanatory learning.