Regina Fabry


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Research interests

I am a philosopher of mind and cognition, specialising in empirically informed research on enculturation, predictive processing, and 4E cognition. A core question that has been at the centre of my research is this: how do we acquire culturally evolved cognitive practices such as reading, writing, and arithmetic and how does competence in these practices transform our overall mental capacities? I also have an interest in interdisciplinary research on mental disorders (especially major depressive disorder and schizophrenia) and spontaneous cognition.

I am currently working on my project Living to tell, telling to live: Experience, narrative, and the self, funded by an ARC DECRA. In this project, I explore the relationship between lived embodied experience and self-narrative in bringing about a sense of self. I integrate research in philosophy of mind and cognition, the empirical cognitive sciences, and cognitive narratology.


I have joined the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in 2021. Previously, I worked in the Department of Philosophy II at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (7/2018-8/2021). Before moving to Bochum, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany (04/2016-06/2018).

I received my PhD in philosophy (summa cum laude) at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in July 2015. My dissertation, supervised by Thomas Metzinger and Richard Menary, was awarded the Barbara Wengeler Prize 2016.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

1 Apr 201220 Jul 2015

Award Date: 20 Jul 2015

Comparative literary studies, philosophy, theatre studies, M. A., Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

1 Apr 200716 Jan 2012

Award Date: 16 Jan 2012

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruhr-University Bochum

1 Apr 202131 Aug 2021

Lecturer, Ruhr-University Bochum

1 Jul 201831 Mar 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher, Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen

1 Apr 201630 Jun 2018


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