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Prof. Dr. habil. Christine Blättler

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Christine Blättler

Modelling in zones of indeterminacy/determinacy

In the digital age, people are confronted with technical dynamics that reconfigure the relationship between human agency and technical unavailability, as the talk of a “power of technology” ambiguously puts it. The notion of technology being a means to human ends is not first called into question by computer technology, but thus receives special attention. Computer-based modelling produces knowledge and produces effects that people did not consciously strive for, indeed that they often do not even understand. Some speak of technical determinism, others find creative potential in the unpredictability and favour new social structures no longer governed by human reason. In view of the mathematically defined and produced knowledge of contemporary modelling, the project explores these zones of determinacy and indeterminacy with a philosophical interest in knowledge.

Research focus

  • Genesis and validity
  • Lists of technology
  • Modelling
  • Seriality

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2011 Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Philosophy Department of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Fellowships at IKKM Weimar, IWM Vienna, Stanford University, ZfL Berlin
  • Habilitation 2011 University of Potsdam, PhD 2002 University of Bern


  • “Anxiety in Technology. An Approach from Philosophy of Culture”, presentation at the international conference Living and Learning in a World of Anxieties, Anxiety Culture Research Project, CAU Kiel, 15-17.11.2018
  • “Faktische Geltungsmacht und Grenzen des Verstehens”, Keynote, 3rd Annual Conference of the Network Hermeneutics Interpretation Theory, Interpretation and Geltung, Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Zurich, 12-13.10.2018

Prof. Dr. habil. Christine Blättler

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Fellow at CAIS from October 2018 until March 2019