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Hans Joachim Greif,
Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration
Faculty of Administration and Social Science
Room no: 230
Consultations: hajo.greif@tum.de
Communication languages: German, English, Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek


AOS: situated cognition and cognitive artefacts (‘4E’ cognition, smart environments) naturalism in the philosophy of mind (teleosemantics, evolution of cognition) history and philosophy of cognitive science (AI vs cybernetics)

AOC: philosophy of mind; philosophy of technology; history and philosophy of science; science and technology studies; AI and computer ethics


Alpen-Adria-Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria: Venia Docendi in Philosophy, 2015; reviewers: Holger Lyre, Ursula Renz; publication Greif (2017a)

Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany: Doctorate in Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2004; supervisors: Alfred Nordmann, Wolfgang Detel; publication Greif (2005b)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany: Magister Artium (M.A.), with distinction, 1997: Philosophy (major), Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (minors); supervisor: Wolfgang Detel

Academic Employment

Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration: Research Assistant Professor (tenurable, .7 FTE), from 2018|12

Technical University of Munich, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS): Senior Researcher, from 2016|10 (currently .5 FTE, previously full-time); FWF Erwin Schrödinger Fellow, 2013|10–2016|09

Alpen-Adria-Universitat Klagenfurt, Department of Science and Technology Studies: Assistant Professor (fixed term, no tenure track), 2009|03–2013|02

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz, Austria: Research Fellow, 2003|10–2004|06

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Science Studies Unit: Visiting Fellow, 2001|09–11; supervisor: David Bloor

Technische Universitat Darmstadt, DFG Post-Graduate College “Technology and Society”: Doctoral Fellow, 2000|04–2003|08

Non-Academic Employment and Training

Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ), Graz, Austria: Head, ICT Research Unit – position in applied social research, nonuniversity research institute, 2005|10–2009|02

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt: media career training programme for graduate students, 1998|10–1999|07

Shandwick PR agency, Frankfurt: member of staff – tasks: media monitoring and analysis, translations (German into English), 1997|04–1999|06

Periods of Leave

Part-time work after birth of first child: 2013|03–2013|09

Parental leave after birth of second child: 2014|12–2015|03

Part-time teaching and freelance work between full-time positions: 2004|07–2005|09


“Environments of Intelligence”, Austrian Science Fund (FWF) publication grant for Greif (2017a), ref. PUB 488-Z24, 2017, EUR 14,000.–

“From Artificial to Ambient Intelligence”, FWFErwin Schrödinger Fellowship, ref. J 3448-G15, 2013–2016, EUR 127,300.–

“SOMA I.T” (Self-Organising Multimedia Architectures), Carinthian Business Council, 2009–2011, EUR 30,000.–

“Participatory Design in ICTs”, PI, Carinthian Savings Bank Foundation, 2009–2011, EUR 49,000.–

“Risk and Precaution in Banking Information Systems”, Co-PI, Austrian National Bank “Jubiläumsfonds”, 2007–2009, EUR 67,000.–

“Mobile Broadband – Design, Applications, and User Experience”, PI, Department of Science and Research at the Styrian government, 2007, EUR 10,000.–

Dissertation Completion Grant, FAZIT Foundation, Frankfurt, 2003, EUR 2,400.–

Committees and Panels

“Minds and Machines” special interest group, International Association for Computing And Philosophy (IACAP), nomination as Director, elections forthcoming 2019

Joint Committee, Philosophy representative, MCTS, Technical University of Munich, since 2017

“Ethics and Financial Services”, invited membership in panel, head: Julian Nida- Rümelin, 2013–2015

“Quality Management in Research” board at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, 2010–2012

COST Action 298, “Participation in the Broadband Society”, Austrian representative and Management Committee member, 2007–2010


Journals: Erkenntnis; Synthese; Biology & Philosophy; Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; Philosophy & Technology; Philosophical Psychology; European Journal for Philosophy of Science; Journal for General Philosophy of Science; The Information Society; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies; tripleC (Cognition, Communication, Co-operation); Avant; Soziale Welt; PT-AI

Grants: Marietta Blau fellowship programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

PhD: external reviewer for Bernd Guttmannsbauer, Bruno Latours ‘missing masses of morality’ in technikphilosophischer Hinsicht, University of Vienna

Conferences Organised

Lecture series „Contemporary Issues in Artificial Intelligence“, with invited guests, MCTS, TUM; guests to date: Cameron Buckner (University of Houston), and Peter Asaro (The New School, New York), March and April 2019

International Workshop „Computational Modelling“, Warsaw University of Technology, May 2019

35rd International Ludwig-Wittgenstein Symposium “Ethics – Society – Politics”, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, August 2012, with Martin Weiß (publications Greif and Weiß 2013; Weiß and Greif 2012)

COST 298 conference “The Good, the Bad and the Challenging”, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2009, co-organiser of section (publication Greif, Hjorth, et al. 2011)

Inter-faculty symposium “Vernetzung als soziales und technisches Paradigma”, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, April 2009 (publication Greif and Werner 2012)

Inter-faculty symposium “Information und Gesellschaft”, Alpen-Adria-Universität

Klagenfurt, January 2007 (publication Greif, Mitrea, and Werner 2008)

Membership in Professional Organisations

International: International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP), Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI), Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT)

Austria and Germany: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ALWS), Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP), Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP)

Language Skills

German (native)

English (fluent, C1 to C2)

Spanish (basic, A1)

Latin, Classical Greek (basic reading skills)


I. Monographs

2017*4 Hajo Greif (2017a). Environments of Intelligence. From Natural Informationto Artificial Interaction. Vol. 11. History and Philosophy of Technoscience. London: Routledge. url: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315408095

2005* Hajo Greif (2005b). Wer spricht im Parlament der Dinge? Über die Idee einer nicht-menschlichen Handlungsfähigkeit. Paderborn: Mentis

II. Edited Volumes

2013 Hajo Greif and Martin Weiß, eds. (2013). Ethics, Society, Politics. Proceedings of the 35th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 2012. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter

2012 MartinWeiß and Hajo Greif, eds. (2012). Ethics – Society – Politics. Papers of the 35th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS

2012 Hajo Greif and Matthias Werner, eds. (2012). Vernetzung als soziales und technisches Paradigma. Wiesbaden: VS Research

2011 Hajo Greif, Larissa Hjorth, et al., eds. (2011). Cultures of Participation. Media Practices, Politics and Literacy. Berlin: Peter Lang

2008 Hajo Greif, Oana Mitrea, and Matthias Werner, eds. (2008). Information und Gesellschaft. Technologien einer sozialen Beziehung. Wiesbaden: VS Research

III. Journal Articles

2017 Hajo Greif (2017b). “What is the Extension of the Extended Mind?” Synthese 194.11, 4311–4336. url: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0799-9. Cognition Special Issue edited by Cameron Buckner and Ellen Fridland. Article published online July 2015.

2015 Hajo Greif (2015). “The Darwinian Tension: Romantic Science and the Causal Laws of Nature”. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53, 53–61. url: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.07.003

2011 Hajo Greif, Arno Bammé, et al. (2011). “Die Natürlichkeit künstlicher Intelligenzen und Umwelten”. Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis 20.1, 26–32

2010 Matthias Werner and Hajo Greif (2010). “Calculating the Unknown. Rationalities of Operational Risk in Financial Institutions”. tripleC 8.2, 237–250

2010 Oana Mitrea, MatthiasWerner, and Hajo Greif (2010). “ICT Sustainability Visions and their Embedding in Technology Construction”. Information, Communication and Society 13.1, 48–67

2002 Kai-Uwe Bux and Hajo Greif (2002). “Ja, Der Da hat es gesagt. Über den dekonstruktiven Umgang mit Texten”. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 50, 17–34

IV. Papers in Progress

n/a Hajo Greif (accepted[a]). “Affording Illusions? Natural Information and the Problem of Misperception”. Avant. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies

n/a Hajo Greif (accepted[b]). “Exploring Minds: Modes of Modelling and Simulation in Artificial Intelligence”. Perspectives on Science. Special Issue on Exploratory Models and Exploratory Modelling in Science, Guest Editors: Axel Gelfert, Grant Fisher, Friedrich Steinle

n/a Hajo Greif (in preparation for resubmission). “Proper Functions and the Meaning of Adaptation”. TBA

V. Book Chapters

2019 Hajo Greif (in press). “Arten der Modellierung und Simulation in der Künstlichen Intelligenz”. In: Philosophisches Handbuch Künstliche Intelligenz. Ed. by Klaus Mainzer. Berlin: Springer

2014 Hajo Greif (2014). “Die Logik der Wissenschaft, die Höhle des Metaphysikers und die Leitern der Philosophie. Kurzes Portrait einer schwierigen Beziehung”. In: Schlüsselwerke der Science & Technology Studies. Ed. by Diana Lengersdorf and Matthias Wieser. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 23–38

2012 Hajo Greif (2012b). “Wie denkt eine intelligente Umwelt? Modelle adaptiven Verhaltens in der Ambient Intelligence”. In: Vernetzung als soziales und technisches Paradigma. Ed. by Hajo Greif and MatthiasWerner. Wiesbaden: VS Research, 207–232

2011 Hajo Greif and Matthias Werner (2011). “From Information to Broadband Society, Whence and Whither?” In: Cultures of Participation. Media Practices, Politics and Literacy. Ed. by Hajo Greif et al. Berlin: Peter Lang, 35–48

2010 Hajo Greif, Oana Mitrea, and Matthias Werner (2010). “Usability vs. Functionality? Mobile Broadband Technologies and User Agency”. In: Interacting with Broadband Society. Ed. by Leopoldina Fortunati et al. Berlin: Peter Lang, 73–92

2009 Hajo Greif (2009b). “Vom Nachahmungsspieler zum Handlungsträger: Formen maschineller Intelligenz”. In: Das Tätigsein der Dinge. Beiträgezur Handlungsträgerschaft von Technik. Ed. by Günter Getzinger and Wilhelm Berger. München: Profil, 187–207

2006 Hajo Greif (2006b). “Vom Verschwinden der Theorie in der Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie”. In: Verschwindet die Natur? Die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie in der umweltsoziologischen Diskussion. Ed. by Martin Voß and Birgit Peuker. Bielefeld: transcript, 53–70

2005 Hajo Greif (2005a). “Dawkins and Latour. A Tale of Two Unlikely Fellows”. In: Yearbook 2005 of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society. Ed. by Arno Bammé, Günter Getzinger, and Bernhard Wieser. München: Profil, 99–124

2002 Hajo Greif (2002). “Versuche, die Welt zurückzugewinnen. Die Kontroverse über die ‘Handlungsfähigkeit der Dinge’ in den Science and Technology Studies”. In: Wissen und soziale Konstruktion in Geschichte, Kultur und Wissenschaft. Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Sozialkonstruktivismus. Ed. by Claus Zittel. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 27–45

VI. Conference Proceedings

2018 Hajo Greif (2018). “‘The Action of the Brain’. Machine Models and Adaptive Functions in Turing and Ashby”. In: Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017. Ed. by Vincent C. Müller. Vol. 44. SAPERE. Cham: Springer, 24–35. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-96448-5_3

2013 Hajo Greif (2013). “Perceptual Illusions, Misperceptions, and the Empirical Strategy”. In: Mind, Language and Action. Papers of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Ed. by Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Annalisa Coliva, and Volker Munz. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS, 163–165

2012 Hajo Greif (2012a). “Laws of Form and the Force of Function: Variations on the Turing Test”. In: Revisiting Turing and His Test: Comprehensiveness,

Qualia, and the Real World. Ed. by Vincent C. Müller and Aladdin Ayesh. AISB/IACAP World Congress, Birmingham. Hove: AISB, 60–64

2011 Hajo Greif (2011). “Erweiterte Phänotypen und Erweiterungen des Geistes: Die Rollen der Umwelt in der KI-Forschung”. In: Die Neukonstruktion des Menschen. Beiträge zum 7. Internationalen Tönnies- Symposium. Ed. by Arno Bammé. München: Profil

2010 Hajo Greif (2010a). “Thinking with the Environment. Language, Pictures and Other Guides for the Extended Mind”. In: Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts. Papers of the 33rd International Wittgenstein Symposium. Ed. by R. Heinrich, E. Nemeth, andW. Pichler. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS, 110–112

2010 Hajo Greif (2010b). “Universal Machines and Partial Isomorphisms. Models of Intelligence in Turing’s Imitation Game”. In: ECAP10. VIII. European Conference on Computing and Philosophy. Ed. by Klaus Mainzer. München: Dr. Hut, 134–138

2009 Hajo Greif (2009a). “On the Role of Self-Organisation as a Model for Networked Systems”. In: IWSOS 2009. Ed. by T. Spyropoulos and K.A. Hummel. Vol. 5918. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin: Springer, 256–261

2007 Hajo Greif (2007). “On the Very Idea of an Information Society”. In: Philosophy of the Information Society. Papers of the 30th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Ed. by Herbert Hrachovec, Alois Pichler, and Joseph Wang. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS, 75–77

2006 Hajo Greif (2006a). “Doing Well in the Imitation Game. Cases Pro and Contra Artificial Intelligence Reconsidered”. In: Proceedings from Computers and Philosophy, an International Conference, 3–5 May 2006, Laval, France. Ed. by Colin Schmidt. London: European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, 308–321

2004 Hajo Greif (2004). “Bedeutung ohne Absicht”. In: Experience and Analysis. Papers of the 27th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Ed. by Johann C. Marek and Maria E. Reicher. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS, 125–127

VII. Translations

2010 Ruth Garrett Millikan (2010). “Erklärungen in der Biopsychologie”. In: Gründe und Zwecke: Texte zur aktuellen Handlungstheorie. Ed. by Christoph Horn and Guido Löhrer. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 264–293

2008 Ruth Garrett Millikan (2008). Die Vielfalt der Bedeutung. Zeichen, Ziele und ihre Verwandtschaft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp

2003 Ruth Garrett Millikan (2003). “Vom angeblichen Siegeszug der Gene und der Meme”. German. In: Gene, Meme und Gehirne. Geist und Gesellschaft als Natur. Ed. by Alexander Becker. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 90–111

2003 Susan Blackmore (2003). “Evolution und Meme: Das menschliche Gehirn als selektiver Imitationsapparat”. In: Gene, Meme und Gehirne. Geist und Gesellschaft als Natur. Ed. by Alexander Becker. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 49–89

VIII. Invited Talks (unless otherwise published)

2019 „The Allure of Transparency in Artiffcial Intelligence“, invited lecture, Workshop „Can software be ‚responsible‘?“, Planning Grant within the VolkswagenStiftung program line „Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future“, Universität Tübingen, 23 May, 2019

2018 “Proper Functions and the Meaning ofAdaptation”, invited lecture, The Future of Teleosemantics conference, Bielefeld University, Germany, September 7, 2018

2015 “Kognitive Nischen und intelligente Umwelten”, invited lecture, Department of Philosophy, TU Darmstadt, Germany, May 12, 2015

2013 “Affording Illusions? Natural Information and the Problem of Misperception”, invited paper, What Affordance Affords conference, TU Darmstadt, Germany, November 25–27, 2013

2010 “Natürliche Information und nicht-natürliche Zeichen bei Ruth Millikan”, invited lecture, Department of Philosophy, University of Paderborn, Germany, January 28, 2010

2009 “A Short Natural History of Meaning. Introducing Ruth Millikan”, invited lecture and chair at a workshop with Ruth Millikan, University of Vienna, Austria, November 5–6, 2009

2005 “Zwischen zwei Wissenschaften. Naturphilosophie und Natural Philosophy in Darwins ‘Entstehung der Arten’”, invited lecture, Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2005

IX. Conference Papers (unless otherwise published)

2019 „Turing, Ashby, and ‚the Action of the Brain‘: Form and Function in Modelling the Mechanisms of Cognition“, International Workshop on Computational Modelling, Warsaw University of Technology, May 14, 2019

2019 „On not Opening the Black Box. Transparency, Opacity, and the Pragmatics of Artificial Intelligence“, The 3rd International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2019), Cologne, February 25–27, 2019

2018 “The Verum Factum Principle and the Technological Nature of Science”, 7th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP 2018), Ghent, Belgium, June 30–July 2, 2018

2018 “Modes of Modelling Minds. A Taxonomy of Simulations in Artificial Intelligence”, Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP 2018), Warszawa, Poland, June 21–23, 2018

2018 “Images and Consequents. Modes of Modelling and Simulation in Artificial Intelligence”, Models and Simulations 8 Conference (MS8), Columbia, SC, USA, March 15–17, 2018

2017 “Language, Tools, Pictures, and the Evolution of Cognition”, Third Trends in Interdisciplinary Science Conference “Understanding Social Cognition” (TIS 2017), Lublin, Poland, October 20–22, 2017

2017 “The Reality of Augmented Reality”, 20th biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) “The Grammar of Things” (SPT2017), Darmstadt, Germany, June 14–17, 2017

2016 “Teleosemantics and the Meaning of Adaptation”, Second international GWP Conference “Philosophy of Science Between the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities” (GWP.2016), Düsseldorf, Germany, March 8–11, 2016

2015 “Resurrecting Dretskean Information”, Ninth International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.9), Osnabrück, Germany, September 14–17, 2015

2014 “What is an Informational Environment?”, Sixth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information (WPI6), Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, May 15–16, 2014

2013 “What is the Extension of the Extended Mind?”, International Workshop “What is Cognition?”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, June 27–29, 2013 (very early incarnation of publication Greif 2017b)

2011 “‘A Machine to Do Our Thinking for Us:’ From the Homeostat to Behaviour-Based Artificial Intelligence”, 3rd biennial conference of the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice, Exeter, United Kingdom, June 22–24, 2015

2009 “Where am I and Who are You? Coping with Ambient Intelligence”, 7th European Computing and Philosophy Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 2–4, 2009

2008 “The Shape of the ‘Third Generation’. Design and User Agency in New Mobile Technologies”, 4S/EASST Annual Meeting “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 20–23, 2008

2006 “(Un-) Like Humans. Varieties of Machine Intelligence”. EASST Conference 2006 “Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies and Spaces”, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23-26, 2006

2005 “Minding the Gap Between Context and Content”, Annual IAS-STS Conference “Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies”, Graz, Austria, May 26–27, 2006

2004 “The Darwinian Tension. Between Romanticism and Reductionism”, Symposium “18th Century European Thought and the Nature-Culture Problem in Advanced Techno-Scientific Societies”, University of Helsinki, Finland, September 1–4, 2004

2002 “Selfish Genes, Treacherous Bacteria. Concepts of Non-Human Agency in Evolutionary Biology and Science & Technology Studies”, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), Milwaukee, WI, USA, November 7–10, 2002

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