After postdoctoral positions as scientific researcher and coordinator in Freiburg (Center for Cognitive Science, 2004-07) and Berlin (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 2009-16), and a visiting fellowship at the  Center for Cognitive Studies atTufts University, USA with Daniel Dennett (2018) I founded the DenkWerkstatt Berlin and work now as an independent, freelance philosopher in Berlin. Since autumn 2020 I am an associate researcher of  the Cognition, Values, Behaviour (CVBE) research group at LMU-Munich.

My research lies at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and AI. In particular, I focus on topics concerning social cognition. Currently, I am primarily interested in the question of how a philosophical framework can capture the varieties of phenomena in social cognition. To this end I question whether standard notions might be too restrictive and examine to what extent so-called minimal approaches can contribute to a solution. In addition, I investigate to what extent artificial systems may qualify as a new type of social agents. Having an interdisciplinary background, I am convinced that empirically informed philosophy enables us to pose new questions and offer new answers.  (see Talks)

The experience in scientific management made it possible to organize scientific events using new formats to stimulate interdisciplinary interaction and to foster outspoken debates. An overview of organized events can be found here.

Contact: annakatharinastrasser@gmail.com



  • Anna Strasser (2008). Referenz in der Bedeutungstheorie von D. Davidson. Wie kann man sich mit Sprache auf die Welt beziehen. Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. (Master)
  • Anna Strasser (2006). Kognition künstlicher Systeme. De Gruyter. (PhD) doi: 10.1515/9783110321104


  • Anna Strasser (2020). Social norms for artificial systems. In: Nørskov, M., Seibt J., Quick O. Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics – Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020. Series Frontiers of AI and Its Applications, IOS Press, Amsterdam, doi: 10.3233/FAIA200926. LINK
  • Anna Strasser (2020). From tools to social agents. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio (RIFL), 14 (2), 76-87, doi: 10.4396/AISB201907. LINK
  • Anna Strasser (2020). In-between implicit and explicit. Philosophical Psychology. doi: 10.1080/09515089.2020.1778163 LINK
  • Anna Strasser (2018). Minimal Mindreading and Animal Cognition. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 95(4), 541–565. doi: 10.1163/18756735-000048
  • Anna Strasser (2018) Social Cognition and Artificial Agents. In: Müller, V. (ed.) Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017. PT-AI 2017. Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics (SAPERE), 44, 106-114, Berlin, Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-96448-5_12
  • Anna Strasser (2015). Can artificial systems be part of a collective action? In: Misselhorn, Catrin (ed.). Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems. Explanation, Implementation and Simulation. Philosophical Studies Series, 122, 205-218, Berlin, Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15515-9_11
  • Anna Strasser (2012). How Minimal Can Self-Consciousness Be? Grazer Philosophische Studien, 84, 39–62. doi: 10.1163/9789401207904_004
  • Katja Crone, Kristina Musholt, Anna Strasser (2012). Towards an Integrated Theory of Self-Consciousness. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 84, v–xvi.
  • Anna Strasser (2011). Mental representation. In: Norbert Seel (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, 2218–2221, Berlin, Springer. (https://b-ok.cc/book/2273379/ae19d8)
  • Anna Strasser (2011). Development of Self-consciousness. In: Norbert Seel (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Berlin, Springer.
  • Ellen Fridland & Anna Strasser (2011). Philosophy of Learning. In: Norbert Seel (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Berlin, Springer.
  • Anna Strasser (2010). A Functional View Toward Mental Representations. In: Dirk Ifenthaler, Pablo Pirnay-Dummer & Norbert M. Seel (eds.) Computer-Based Diagnostics and Systematic Analysis of Knowledge, 1, 15-25.
  • Anna Strasser (2007). Wer erinnert was? Gedächtnisforschung aus kognitionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive. In: „Erinnern und Geschlecht“ Band II, Freiburger FrauenStudien, Freiburg.