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Scheller, Simon

Dr. Simon Scheller

Postdoctoral Fellow


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 131
D-80539 München



Further Information

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the MCMP since October 2017. I received my PhD in Political Science (with a focus on political philosophy and agent-based modeling) from Bamberg University in December 2017. My thesis was entitled “Democratic Decision Making – A Theoretical Analysis”. Before, I received degrees in Political Science (M.A.) and Economics (M.Sc.) from the University of Bamberg, and a B.A. in Philosophy & Economics from Bayreuth University.

Research and Expertise

In my research, I analyse collective decision making and its role in democratic societies. Reflecting my interdisciplinary background, this combines aspects from philosophy, political science and economics.
Methodologically, I frequently revert to formal and computational modeling techniques, which I combine with classic conceptual and philosophical analyses. I am also seeking to combine these approaches with experimental designs or the use of large scale online data.

My current work clusters around three major issues: The problem of strategic manipulation in deliberation, the emergence of trust in heterogeneous societies, and the interconnections between rationality, bargaining and inequality.

More generally, I am interested in the philosophy of modeling, conceptions of individual and collective rationality and all kinds of associated questions.


  • 2017 - 2019: 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (funded by the Alexander-von Humboldt-Foundation)
  • 2014 – 2017: 3-year PhD Scholarship by the German Excellence Initiative (funded by the DFG)


  • 2019 (forthcoming) Rational Choice and Asymmetric Learning in Iterated Social Interactions. Some Lessons from Agent Based Modeling. In: Marker, Schmitt, Sirsch (eds): Democracy and Choice, (co-authored with J. Marx and D. Klein).
  • 2018 Rationality in Context. On Inequality and the Epistemic Problems of Maximizing Expected Utility. Forthcoming in: Synthese (with Johannes Marx and Dominik Klein)
  • 2018 When Do Groups Get It Right? – On the Epistemic Performance of Voting and Deliberation. Historical Social Research 43(1): 89-109.
  • 2018 Democratic Decision Making – A Theoretical Analysis (Dissertation Thesis), Bamberg: Bamberg University Press.
  • 2017 Mitigating the Problem of Manipulation in the ‘Adjusted Winner’ Procedure, In: Linhart E., Debus M., Kittel B. (eds): Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • 2016 Simulating Bargaining Processes with Agent-based Modelling. Marburg: Tectum-Verlag.