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Prof. Dr. Dr. Norman Sieroka

Research Interests:

Philosophy of time; philosophy of mind (in particular phenomenology and the perception of sound and music); philosophy of the exact sciences; historiography of philosophy and of the sciences


Norman Sieroka is a trained philosopher and physicist. He teaches, does research, and publishes in the field of theoretical philosophy and philosophy of science. He devotes himself to questions about time, about perception (especially phenomenological approaches to hearing), about methods of the exact sciences, and about the historiography of philosophy and of the sciences. He is particularly interested in the relationship and interplay of different forms of time (e.g., experienced time, physical time) including their relationship to human well-being.

Project Abstract

This project investigates structural relationships between physical time and time as experienced. The most important object of study in this context will be hearing because auditory qualities are all and fundamentally based on temporal regularities.

My previous work focussed on auditory perception on a very basic level. My philosophical and empirical investigations have been mainly on the level of simple sounds and their perceptual qualities, such as duration and pitch. The present project will widen this previous work towards the perception of music and towards questions of rhythmic adjustment. Moreover, I recently discussed the relationship between time and well-being under the heading of "being in-tact". Again, the present project will widen and contextualise this preliminary study.

Apart from specific results about the perception and embodiment of music, the project is likely to contribute to overarching philosophical questions about time; in particular, about the general relationship between tensed and tenseless time orders.

Curriculum vitae

Since 2019 

Full Professor for Theoretical Philosophy, Universität Bremen, Germany

Since 2013 

Lecturer (Privatdozent) for Philosophy, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Managing Director of the "Turing Centre Zurich" (TCZ), ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Visiting Faculty, Department for Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, USA


"Habilitation" in Philosophy, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Doctorate Degree in Philosophy, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Doctorate Degree in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Diploma in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Master in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK

Selected Publications

2022. "Being "In-tact" and Well: Metaphysical and Phenomenological Annotations on Temporal Well-being." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 25.

2021. "Time." Online Encyclopedia Philosophy of Nature.

2018. Philosophie der Zeit: Grundlagen und Perspektiven. C. H. Beck Wissen. Munich: Beck-Verlag.

2015. Leibniz, Husserl, and the Brain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009. "Ist ein Zeithof schon genug? – Neurophänomenologische Überlegungen zum Zeitbewusstsein und zur Rolle des Auditiven." Philosophia Naturalis 46: 213-249.

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