Dr. phil habil. Frank Zenker

  • 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). 

Frank Zenker works in Social Epistemology, Cognitive Science, and the Philosophy of Science. Among others, he leads the workgroup on norms of public argument of the EU COST Action APPLY, European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (CA17132), and is a steering committee member of the European Conference on Argumentation (ECA), http://ecargument.org/.

Please, find his pre-prints and a CV at https://pw.academia.edu/FrankZenker.

You can best reach Frank Zenker at fzenker@gmail.com; both his WeChat ID and skype name are "frankzenker."

Journal publications

  1. Yu, S., and Zenker, F. (2019). A dialectical view on conduction: Reasons, warrants, and normal suasory inclinations. Informal Logic, 39(1), 32-69 (ISSN 0824-2577). 
  2. Witte, E.H., and Zenker, F. (2018). Data replication matters, replicated hypothesis-corroboration counts. (Commentary on “Making Replication Mainstream” by Rolf A. Zwaan, Alexander Etz, Richard E., Lucas, and M. Brent Donnellan). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e120 (ISSN: 0140-525X). 
  3. Krefeld-Schwalb, A; Witte, E.H., and Zenker, F. (2018). Hypothesis-testing demands trustworthy data—a simulation approach to statistical inference advocating the research program strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 460 (ISSN 1664-1078).
  4. Godden, D., and Zenker, F. (2018). A probabilistic analysis of argument cogency. Synthese, 195(4), 1715–1740 (ISSN 0039-7857). 
  5. Zenker, F. (2018). Logic, Reasoning, Argumentation: Insights from the Wild. Logic and Logical Philosophy, 27, 421–451 (ISBN 1425-3305). 
  6. Yu, S., and Zenker, F. (2017). Peirce knew why abduction isn’t IBE—A scheme and critical questions for abductive argument. Argumentation (ISSN 0920-427X, online first). 
  7. Masterton, G., Zenker, F., and Gärdenfors, P. (2017). Using conceptual spaces to exhibit continuity through scientific theory change. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 7(1), 127–150 (ISSN 1879-4912). 
  8. Witte, E.H., and Zenker, F. (2017). From discovery to justification. Outline of an ideal research program in empirical psychology. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1847 (ISSN 1664-1078). 
  9. Zenker, F., and Gärdenfors, P. (2016). Continuity of theory structure: a conceptual spaces approach. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 30(4), 343–360 (ISSN 0269-8595). 
  10. Jacot, J., Genot, E., and Zenker, F. (2016). From reasonable preferences, via argumentation, to logic. Journal of Applied Logic, 18, 105–128 (ISSN 1570-8683). 
  11. Godden, D., and Zenker, F. (2015). Denying antecedents and affirming consequents: The state of the art. Informal Logic, 35 (1), 88–134 (ISSN 0824-2577). 
  12. Petersen, G., and Zenker, F. (2014). From Euler to Navier-Stokes: A spatial analysis of conceptual changes in 19th-century fluid dynamics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 28(3), 235–253 (ISSN 0269-8595). 
  13. Zenker, F. (2013). What do normative approaches to argumentation stand to gain from rhetorical insights? Philosophy & Rhetoric, 46(4), 415–436 (ISSN 0031-8213). 
  14. Gärdenfors, P. and Zenker, F. (2013). Theory change as dimensional change: conceptual spaces applied to the dynamics of empirical theories. Synthese 190(6), 1039–1058 (ISSN 0039-7857). 
  15. Zenker, F. (2011a). Experts and Bias: When is the interest-based objection to an authority argument sound? Argumentation, 25, 355–370 (ISSN 0920-427X). 


  • COST-Action (secondary proposer): European network for argumentation and public policy analysis (APPLY), 2018-2022, No. OC-2017-1-22387, CA17132 (500.000 EUR).
  • Confucius Institute (HANBAN) “Understanding China”-Fellowship, Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, P.R. China, Feb-May 2017 (3.400 EUR).
  • Project Grant (sole applicant): Conceptual Spaces, Reasoning, and Argumentation, Volkswagen Foundation, 2015-17, Az.: 90 531 (80.000 EUR).
  • Project Grant (co-applicant): Judges without Biases: A legal research project on de-biasing in the evaluation of evidence, with C. Dahlman (PI) and F. Sarwar, funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, 2014-17 (450.000 EUR).
  • Project Grant (sole applicant): Reconstruction and Evaluation of Pro/Con Arguments, Swedish Research Council, 2011-14, DN.: 421-2010-1536 (290.000 EUR).
  • Project Grant (sole-applicant): Continuity in Scientific Revolutions, Swedish Research Council, 2008-10 (170.000 EUR).