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Dr. Anke Büter

Curriculum Vitae

Anke Büter studied Philosophy, Sociology and Applied Linguistics in Oldenburg, Stockholm, and Hamburg. In 2008, she graduated with a master's thesis on Truth and Future Contingency in Ockham (supervision: Prof. Wolfgang Künne/Prof. Rolf Puster). Afterwards, she received a scholarship from the German Research Foundation and did her PhD studies at the graduate research group of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT) at Bielefeld University. In 2010, she visited the PhD-program "History and Philosophy of Science" at the University of Notre Dame (USA). She completed her PhD in 2012 with a thesis on The Ideal of Value-Freedom in Social Epistemology: Objectivity, Pluralism and the Example of Women's Health Research (supervision: Prof. Martin Carrier/Prof. Torsten Wilholt). Since April 2012, she works at the Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover as "wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin" (a position roughly equivalent to an assistant professor without tenure-track). She is currently writing her habilitation on the social epistemology of research on and classification of mental disorders. From January to June 2016, she was at the EGENIS (University of Exeter) as a visiting scholar, funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). For her paper "Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatric Classification", she was awarded the "DGPPN-Preis für Philosophie und Ethik in Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie 2018" (German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics - Prize for Philosophy and Ethics in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 2018).

Research fields

  • Philosophy of medicine and philosophy of psychiatry
  • Social and feminist epistemology
  • General philosophy of science (e.g., theory choice & theory pursuit)


(accepted) “A Multi-Dimensional Pluralist Response to the DSM-Controversies”. Perspectives on Science.

(forthc.). Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatric Classification. Philosophy of Science 85(5).

mit Jukola, Saana (forthc.). "Sex, Drugs, and how to Deal with Criticism: The Case of Flibanserin". In: B. Osimani, A. La Caze (eds.), Uncertainty in Pharmacology: Epistemology, Methods and Decisions. Springer (Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science Series).

(2019). "On Illness, Disease, and Priority: A Framework for More Fruitful Debates". Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy. Online first: 10.1007/s11019-019-09886-7.

(2019). "Social Epistemology and Philosophy of Psychiatry". In:  R. Bluhm, S. Tekin (eds), Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury, 485-503.

(2018). Public Epistemic Trustworthiness and the Integration of Patients in Psychiatric Classification. Synthese. Online first: 10.1007/s11229-018-01913-z.

with Anna Leuschner (2018). Dimensions of Inductive Risk: Prospects, Boundaries, New Facets. Review of Exploring Inductive Risk: Case Studies of Values in Science. Ed. by K. Elliott and T. Richards”. Science & Education 27, 581–588

(2017) "Androcentrism, Feminism, and Pluralism in Medicine". TOPOI 36, 521-530.

(2017). Review of J. Poland & S. Tekin (eds.) (2017), Psychiatry and Extraordinary Science, MIT Press. Metapsychology Online.

(2016). "Gesundheits- und Krankheitsbegriffe – Was ist schon normal?" Philosophie und Gesundheit, Schweizer Verein für Philosophie.

(2015). "Against the Agnosticism-Argument for Value-Freedom". In: Mäki, Ruphy, Schurz, Votsis (Eds.), Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science: EPSA13 Helsinki, 141-151.

Bueter, Anke; Glauer, Ramiro; Lyre, Holger (2014). "How much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science?" Journal for General Philosophy of Science 45 (1), 1-3.

Bueter, Anke; Glauer, Ramiro; Lyre, Holger (2014) (Guest Eds.). "Special Issues: How much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science?" Journal for General Philosophy of Science 45 (1), Supplement.

(2012). "Das Wertfreiheitsideal in der Sozialen Erkenntnistheorie: Objektivität, Pluralismus und das Beispiel Frauengesundheitsforschung". Epistemische Studien 27, Heusenstamm bei Frankfurt: Ontos. (Publication in PDF format)

(2012). Büter, Anke; Lampe, Bertolt; Leuschner, Anna. "Die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung der Philosophie: Ein Gespräch mit Philip Kitcher". Information Philosophie 5, S. 34-43.

(2011). "Wilhelm von Ockhams Prädestinationstraktat: Von der ontologischen Sparsamkeit zum logischen Determinismus". Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 65, S. 346-366.

(2010). "Social Objectivity and the Problem of Local Epistemologies". Analyse & Kritik 32, S. 213-230.



“Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatric Classification”. PSA 2018, Seattle.

“Public Epistemic Trustworthiness and Lay Participation: The Case of Psychiatric Classification”. SPSP 2018, Ghent.


"Epistemic Trustworthiness and the Integration of Patients in Psychiatric Classification". Issues in Medical Epistemology 2017, Cologne.

„Philosophische Aspekte der Klassifikation psychischer Störungen“. Medizinische Hochschule Hannover.

"Sex, Drugs, and how to Deal with Criticism: The Case of Flibanserin". 31st European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine & Health Care; Belgrade (mit S. Jukola).

"Sex, Drugs, and how to Deal with Criticism: The Case of Flibanserin". Biennial Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, Toronto (mit S.  Jukola).

"Epistemic Trustworthiness and the Integration of Patients in Psychiatric Classification", ZiF-Workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation, Bielefeld.


"Pluralism in Psychiatric Classification", EGENIS Research Seminar, Exeter.


"Psychiatric Classification between Science and Practice", EPSA 2015, Düsseldorf.

"Psychiatric Classification between Science and Practice", GAP.9, Osnabrück.

"Theory, Taxonomy, and Trust in Psychiatric Classification", Research Colloquium, Hannover.

"Psychiatric Classification between Science and Practice", SPSP 2015.


"Is it Time for an Etiological Revolution in Psychiatric Classification?", PSA 2014, Chicago

"Validity in Psychiatric Classification", 4th Sino-German Symposium on Philosophy of Science and Technology, ZIF, Bielefeld

„Zum Begriff der psychischen Störung“, Kolloqium für philosophische Forschungsarbeiten, Leibniz Universität Hannover


"On the Impact of Perspective: Values in Women's Health Research", EPSA 13, University of Helsinki

"The Agnosticism-Argument for Value-freedom", GWP 2013, Leibniz Universität Hannover

"The Irreducibility of Value-Freedom to Theory Choice", Kolloquium für philosophische Forschungsarbeiten, Leibniz Universität Hannover


„Zur Unabhängigkeit von Entdeckung und Rechtfertigung: Die Kontextunterscheidung als Basis des Wertfreiheitsideals”, IWT Kolloquium, Universität Bielefeld

„Wertfreiheit, Pluralismus und epistemische Vertrauenswürdigkeit: Das Beispiel Frauengesundheitsforschung“, GAP.8, Universität Konstanz


"The Fate of Value-Freedom", TRIP-Conference "Science, Knowledge, and Democracy", University of South Carolina

"The Fate of Value-Freedom: On the Epistemic Significance of the Context of Discovery",
Doktorandentagung Wissenschaftsphilosophie 2011, Universität Bielefeld


„Wertfreiheit und Objektivität in der sozialen Erkenntnistheorie“, IWT Kolloquium, Universität Bielefeld

"Objectivity in Helen Longino’s Contextual Empiricism: From Theory Choice to Theory Pursuit", EPSA 09, VU University Amsterdam

„Objektivität und Theoriewahl in Longinos Kontextuellem Empirismus“, GAP.7, Universität Bremen

„Epistemische versus konstitutive Werte in der Theoriewahl“, Doktorandentagung Wissenschaftsphilosophie 2009, Universität Bielefeld

„Gesundheit goes Gender: Kontextueller Empirismus und der Einfluss von Werten am Beispiel der Frauengesundheitsforschung“, IWT Kolloquium, Universität Bielefeld

Teaching (at Leibniz University Hannover)

Winter term 2018/19

  • Feminist Bioethics (Master Seminar)
  • Introduction to Ethics and Philosophy of Science

Winter term 2017/18

  • Quine’s Underdetermination Theses
  • Nordenfelt’s Theory of Health (Master Seminar)

Summer term 2017

  • Putnam: The Meaning of Meaning
  • Epistemic (In-)Justice (Master Seminar)

Winter term 2016/17

  • William of Ockham – Meaning, Knowledge, Science
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry (Master Seminar)

Winter term 2015/16

  • Philosophy of Medicine (Master Seminar)
  • Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Summer term 2015

  • Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Winter term 2014/15

  • Value-Freedom & Objectivity (Master Seminar)
  • Analytical Philosophy of Language

Summer term 2014

  • Concepts of Health and Disease (Master Seminar)
  • Scientific Progress

Winter term 2013/14

  • René Descartes: Meditations
  • Ludwig Fleck

Summer term 2013

  • Analytical Philosophy of Religion
  • W. V. O. Quine: Central Texts and Theses

Winter term 2012/13

  • Naturalism in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
  • Feminist Philosophy of Science


Anke Büter
Institut für Philosophie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Im Moore 21 (Hinterhaus)
30167 Hannover

Raum B 422 (4. OG)

Telefon: +49 (0) 511 / 762-3052
E-Mail: anke.bueterphilos.uni-hannover.de

Office hours

During term time: Friday 1-2pm.

Otherwise: by appointment.