About

r-ebertI am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where I am working under the supervision of Professor Thaddeus Metz, and an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

I graduated from Rice University with a PhD in Philosophy in May 2016. I further hold Master’s degrees in Physics (Heidelberg University, 2009) and Philosophy (Rice University, 2014).

In my doctoral dissertation, which I wrote under the direction of Professor George Sher, I defend a novel account of the wrongness of killing, according to which it is no less seriously wrong to kill a non-human conscious animal than it is to kill you or me.

I grew up in the small Swabian village of Adelmannsfelden in Southwest Germany.

I have lectured and published across four continents on topics such as human rights, animal ethics, logic, and string theory.

I am interested in all of philosophy, except the obscure kind. Particular interests include the moral status of human and nonhuman animals, political philosophy, consciousness, metaphysics, logic, critical thinking, and the roles philosophy does, can, and should play in education, politics, and activism.

As an activist, I have been engaged in the animal rights movement, the fight against extreme poverty, and the struggle for the rights of sexual minorities.

In my spare time, I like to ride my motorcycle, take photos, and travel. It’s Khukie with whom I enjoy doing things most.

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