About

I am a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania, and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Before coming to Dar es Salaam, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where I was working under the supervision of Professor Thaddeus Metz.

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

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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