At the moment there are three professors at the IAP who supervise doctoral research: Daniel von Wachter, Alexander Batthyány and Philipp Batthyány.

Read below in which areas they supervise. Doctoral dissertations can be written in German or in English.

In general, the IAP favours research that is not primarily historical. So if you just want to investigate Hume or Hegel, the IAP might not be the best place for you. We want to train you to argue and to find and defend answers to philosophical questions. But a doctoral thesis can contain a significant amount of discussion of some ancient author. We will show you strategies to include this in a philosophical dissertation. If you want to investigate little-known authors, we will try to find a specialist as a second supervisor.

Daniel von Wachter

Areas in which doctoral research is supervised:

Philosophy of Religion, for example: Arguments for or against the existence of God. The problem of evil (theodicy). Miracles. Could God be outside time? The Platonist versus the the personalist conception of God. Is God’s goodness compatible with his omnipotence? Are all duties based on divine commands? (voluntarism, Eutyphro dilemma, divine command theory) Is divine foreknowledge compatible with human freedom? Does God exist necessarily, and if so in which sense? Faith and reason. Life after death. Philosophical investigation of Christian doctrines, e.g. atonement (philosophical theology).

For suggestions about further topics, browse the category ‘philosophy of religion’ in and .

Metaphysics, for example causation; laws of nature; ontology, the problem of universals; free will; modality.

Historical: Christian August Crusius, 18th century eclecticism, Hermann Ulrici

Alexander Batthyány

Philosophy of psychology, for example: the trait vs state debate; situationist and virtue ethics; artifacts in psychological research and theory; attitude-behaviour consistency; free will; cognitive luck; introspection.

Existential psychology, for example: death attitudes and mortality awareness; terror management theory; Franklian psychology.

Theoretical and philosophical foundations of psychotherapy (especially logotherapy), for example: self-control and self-regulation; motivation and personality theories; meaning-orientation; precursors of personal maturity; self-focus; image of man in psychotherapy; logotherapy and existential analysis.

Philipp Batthyány

Grundfragen der politischen Ökonomie und der Österreichischen Schule der Nationalökonomie, bes. F. A. von Hayek. Themen zum Beispiel: Menschenbild und Marktwirtschaft; Antike und moderne Vorstellungen von Wirtschaft; „Wettbewerb als Entdeckungsverfahren“ (Hayek) – auch in der Regelordnung?; Grundfragen des Geldwesens und der Geldordnung.

Grundfragen der Sozialethik, Themenfelder zum Beispiel: Theorie der spontanen Ordnung; Kritischer Rationalismus und Offene Gesellschaft; Sozialprinzipien der Katholischen Soziallehre.

Existenzphilosophie, Themen zum Beispiel: Was ist Existenz?; Lehre des Umgreifenden (Karl Jaspers); Existenzphilosophie und Ethik; Existenz und Transzendenz (Kierkegaard, Jaspers).