Linda Grohmann


Project: Plant cognition and consciousness as a transformation in biology

Supervisors: Gregor Schiemann / Volker Remmert


Kasinostraße 19-21
42103 Wuppertal
6th Floor, Room 06.15

Project Summary

My PhD project is about plant cognition and consciousness, and different philosophical questions related to this topic. Are plants’ complex and varied abilities proof of their intelligence and possibly consciousness, or are they evolutionary adaptations that have little to do with what we commonly understand by “intelligence” or “consciousness”? If plants have cognitive abilities or consciousness, can and should these be described by extending our human and animal notions of cognition and consciousness? What are the consequences of the plant cognition debate, both conceptually and more broadly in terms of societal and ethical issues such as the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and food scarcity?

Short Biography/CV

  • Since 2023: PhD candidate in Philosophy of Science, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • 2019 – 2022: M.A. Logic and Philosophy of Science, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2015 – 2019: B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Stuttgart (w/o degree completion)
  • 2013 – 2019: B.A. Philosophy, University of Stuttgart

I am interested in plant biology and its philosophy, as well as general philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, logic, and philosophy of language.