Insa Lawler

Insa Lawler joined UNCG in 2019. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2018 and her MA and BA degrees from Bielefeld University. She also spent time at the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Salzburg, the University of Edinburgh, and NYU. Prof. Lawler's research focuses on the epistemology of scientific inquiry. She works on the nature of (answers to) why questions, knowing why, scientific understanding, scientific models and idealizations, progress in science, applied statistical reasoning, and measurement in cognitive science. Until 2022, Prof. Lawler is the Co-Investigator of the research project “Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond”, which is generously funded by the Icelandic Research Fund. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe) Workshop Series, and a member of the executive committee of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Germany, where she co-runs a mentoring program for female philosophers. Prof. Lawler teaches on topics in logic, critical thinking, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language. In 2019, she was awarded a teaching certificate for higher education teaching. More information can be found on her website (above).

There are 7 included publications by Insa Lawler :

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Dirk Koppelberg and Stefan Tolksdorf (eds.): Erkenntnistheorie - Wie und wozu? [book review] 2016 15 To what end should or do we pursue philosophy and how? Meta-philosophical questions along these lines have gained more and more interest recently. The collected volume “Erkenntnistheorie—Wie und wozu?” (Engl.: “Epistemology—How and to what end?”) asp...
Gesture meaning needs speech meaning to denote – A case of speech-gesture meaning interaction 2017 30 We deal with a yet untreated issue in debates about linguistic interaction, namely a particular multi-modal dimension of meaning-dependence. We argue that the shape interpretation of speech-accompanying iconic gestures is dependent on its co-occurren...
Gesture semantics reconstruction based on motion capturing and complex event processing 2013 23 A fundamental problem in manual based gesture semantics reconstruction is the specification of preferred semantic concepts for gesture trajectories. This issue is complicated by problems human raters have annotating fast-paced three dimensional traje...
Integrating gesture meaning and verbal meaning for German verbs of motion 2013 15 When verbs of motion are accompanied by gestures, this comes along with a relatively complex relation between the two modalities. In this paper, we investigate the semantic coordination of speech and event-related gestures in an interdisciplinary way...
Reductionism about understanding why 2016 82 Paulina Sliwa (2015) argues that knowing why p is necessary and sufficient for understanding why p . She tries to rebut recent attacks against the necessity and sufficiency claims, and explains the gradability of understanding why in terms of knowled...
Understanding why, knowing why, and cognitive achievements 2018 49 Duncan Pritchard argues that a feature that sets understanding-why apart from knowledge-why is that whereas (I) understanding-why is a kind of cognitive achievement in a strong sense, (II) knowledge-why is not such a kind. I argue that (I) is false a...
Understanding, explanation, and intelligibility. Review of H. de Regt: Understanding Scientific Understanding [book review] 2018 32 Science aims at understanding phenomena. One natural candidate for illuminating scientific understanding is explanation. Certainly, an explanation could contribute to someone’s understanding. But it is controversial whether explanations must produce ...