Department of Philosophy

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Docentur/ Associate Professorship/cumulative habilitation (22 JAN 2014).

PhD, Philosophy of Science, University of Hamburg, Germany (5 MAY 2009).

MA, Discourse and Argumentation Studies, Int. School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (31 AUG 2002).

I work in Social Epistemology, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy of Science.

Please, find the CV below, and follow the links on your right for pre-prints etc.


About the research

I currently work on the development of reliable debiasing techniques in legal decision making contexts, conduct a conceptual analysis of 'fallacy' across various disciplines, and work on ways of overcoming the replication crisis in the behavioural sciences.

Past projects, on which some work is ever ongoing, have applied Peter Gärdenfors's theory of Conceptual Spaces to theory dynamical processes in the empirical science, and have addressed the reconstruction and evaluation of pro/con argumentation in practical contexts, among others.


Books (1)
  • Zenker, F. (2009). Ceteris Paribus in Conservative Epistemic Change. Europäische Hoschschulschriften No 20, 731. Peter Lang Publishing Group. Dissertation.
Editorships (3)
Articles (16)
  • Godden, D. & Zenker, F. (2015). Denying Antecedents and Affirming Consequents: The State of the Art. Informal Logic, 35, 88-134. Informal Logic, University of Windsor, ON, Canada.
  • Smid, J. & Zenker, F. (2015). Three logicians walk into a bar : A modest proposal for teaching epistemic logic. The Reasoner, 9, 21-22. Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent.
  • Andreas, H. & Zenker, F. (2014). Perspectives on Structuralism: preface. Erkenntnis, 79, 1365-1365. Springer.
  • Gärdenfors, P. & Zenker, F. (2014). Modeling diachronic changes in structuralism and conceptual spaces. Erkenntnis, 79, 1547-1561. Springer.
  • Petersen, G. & Zenker, F. (2014). From Euler to Navier-Stokes: A Spatial Analysis of Conceptual Changes in Nineteenth-century Fluid Dynamics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 28, 235-253. Taylor & Francis.
  • Zenker, F. & Holger, A. (2014). Basic Concepts of Structuralism. Erkenntnis, 79, 1367-1372. Springer.
  • Zenker, F. & Proietti, C. (2014). Editors' introduction: social dynamics and collective rationality. Synthese, 191, 2353-2358. Springer.
  • Gärdenfors, P. & Zenker, F. (2013). Theory change as dimensional change: Conceptual spaces applied to the dynamics of empirical theories. Synthese, 190, 1039-1058. Springer.
  • Zenker, F. (2013). What do Normative Approaches to Argumentation Stand to Gain from Rhetorical Insights. Philosophy & Rhetoric, 46, 415-436. Penn State University Press.
  • Zenker, F. & Andreas, H. (2013). Perspectives on Structuralism, Munich, Germany, 16-18 February 2012. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 44, 227-234. Springer.
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Editor's Introduction. Cogency - Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation, 3, 7-12. Department of Psychology, Lund University.
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Experts and Bias: When is the Interest-Based Objection to an Authority Argument Sound?. Argumentation, 25, 355-370. Springer.
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Why Study the Overlap Between “Ought” and “Is” Anyways? On Empirically Investigating the Conventional Validity of the Pragma-Dialectical Discussion Rules. ). Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), June 29-July 2, 2010, Amsterdam, 2083-2091. SicSat, Amsterdam.
  • Zenker, F. (2010). Analyzing Social Policy Argumentation: A case study on the opinion of the German National Ethics Council on an amendment of the Stem Cell Law. Informal Logic, 30, 62-91. Informal Logic, University of Windsor, ON, Canada.
  • Zenker, F. (2009). Review of F.H. van Eemeren & B. Garssen (eds) (2008). Controversy and Confrontation. Amsterdam: John Benjamis. Informal Logic, 29, 447-475. Informal Logic, University of Windsor, ON, Canada.
  • Zenker, F. (2009). Treating Kuhn’s Gap with Critical Contextualism. Review of William Rehg (2009). Cogent Science in Context. The Science Wars, Argumentation Theory and Habermas, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Cogency - Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation, 1, 149-182. Department of Psychology, Lund University.
Book chapters (6)
Conference contributions (6)
Reports (4)
  • Zenker, F. (2012). Copenhagen Lund Workshops in Social Epistemology (December 2011). The Reasoner.
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Conference Report. European Network Meeting, Lund, March 2011. The Reasoner. The Reasoner 5 (4).
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Copenhagen Lund Workshops in Social Epistemology (February and September 2011). The Reasoner. The Reasoner 5 (11), 191-192.
  • Zenker, F. (2010). Workshop on Bayesian Argumentation. The Reasoner. University of Kent.
Reviews (5)
  • Zenker, F. (accepted/in press). Review of Spohn, W. The Laws of Belief (2012). Oxford: OUP. Philosophical Quarterly. Oxford University Press.
  • Zenker, F. (accepted/in press). Amos and I. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. Institute for Critical Thinking at Montclair State University, USA.
  • Zenker, F. (2015). The Laws of Belief-Ranking Theory and its Philosophical Applications. Philosophical Quarterly, 65, 310-313. Oxford University Press.
  • Zenker, F. (2011). Parmenides as Secret Hero. Argumentation. Springer.
  • Zenker, F. (2010). Review of: Eemeren, F.H. van, Garssen, B, and Meuffels, B. (2009). "Fallacies and Judgments of Reasonableness". Cogency - Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation, 2, 149-165. Department of Psychology, Lund University.
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
  • Zenker, F. (2014). Pro-et-contra Argumentation : Gründe, Werte, Kompromisse (Reasons, Values, Compromises). Wissenwert, 2014, 20-29. University of Hamburg, Germany.
Miscellaneous (2)

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Other tasks and qualifications

Frank Zenker

Theoretical Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

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