I am a PhD candidate in NYU's department of philosophy. My research focuses on the history of analytic philosophy, metaphysics and philosophy of language. 

Email: vera.flocke@nyu.edu

photo: Janis Rozkalns

photo: Janis Rozkalns

My main historical interest concerns Carnap, and especially his views on ontology and the nature of philosophical inquiry. My main interest in metaphysics concerns metaontology. I defend a view called "Ontological Expressivism", which is inspired by my interpretation of Carnap, and according to which ontological existence claims express noncognitive mental states. In future research, I am especially interested in fleshing out certain metasemantic ideas that play a role in my work on ontological expressivism. 

Before coming to NYU, I studied at Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Pittsburgh, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. I have also been a visiting student at MIT (Spring 2016 and Spring 2017) and a collaborative visiting research fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo (Summer 2017 and Summer 2018).

I have recently organized a large conference on The Foundations of Conceptual Engineering, which took place at NYU on September 14 and 15, 2018, in collaboration with David Chalmers and members of the research project ConceptLab (Herman Cappelen and Andrew Peet). Here is the program.