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Jonas, Silvia

Silvia Jonas, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (Minerva Fellowship by Max Planck Society)


Mailing Address:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 124
D-80539 München



Further Information

Silvia Jonas holds a Minerva Fellowship of the Max Planck Society at MCMP. She completed her Ph.D. at Humboldt University Berlin in 2012, a B.Phil. in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (2010), an M.Litt. in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews (2008), and a Magister Artium in Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Munich University (2007). From 2012 to 2017, she was a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at The Van Leer Institute and a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Silvia Jonas’s research interests are in metaphysics and epistemology (the problem of ineffability; forms of non-descriptive knowledge; foundations of thought and language), philosophy of religion (ontology and semantics of theistic language; the problem of disagreement), and philosophy of mathematics (mathematical realism; the problem of epistemic access; fundamental mathematical disagreements). Much of her work is driven by the motivation to develop uniform accounts and solutions for problems that arise in different, apparently unrelated fields of philosophy.

Publications (selection)


Articles (peer-reviewed):

  • ‘Modal Structuralism and Theism.’ In: Fiona Ellis (ed.), New Models of Religious Understanding. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • ‘Aesthetic Ineffability.’ Philosophy Compass, Vol. 12 No. 2 (2017)
  • ‘Access Problems and Explanatory Overkill.’ Philosophical Studies, Volume tba (2016).
  • ‘On Mathematical and Religious Belief, and On Epistemic Snobbery.’ Philosophy, Vol. 91 No. 1 (2015).


Awards / Scholarships

Silvia Jonas is a stipendiary in the Fast Track Program for Outstanding Women in Science of the Robert Bosch Foundation, as well as a research fellow in the project Abrahamic Inquiries into Science and Religion, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. She has been awarded research grants and scholarships by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (€ 39,600), the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (€ 13,200), the Humboldt University of Berlin (€ 6,600), the Polonsky Academy (€ 5,000), and the Rothberg Family Foundation ($ 4,000).