There are many people who have contributed to this thesis. First of all, I want to thank my supervisor Stephan Sellmaier for his continuous encouragement, enthusiasm and guidance. He put me back on track whenever I went astray in my own thoughts.
I would also like to thank my two other advisors, Markus Wild and Benedikt Grothe, whose helpful comments on earlier manuscripts made important contributions to this dissertation. I also want to thank external reviewer Christoph Hoerl for his time and effort.
Current and past members of the Research Center for Neurophilosophy have shared their thoughts, insights and ideas with me in our colloquia and provided helpful feedback. I want to particularly thank Steffen Steinert, Joachim Lipski, Janett Triskiel, David Kaufmann, Lara Pourabdolrahim, Michael von Grundherr, Mario Günther, Cameron Beebe, Ali Yousefi Heris, Benedetta Romano, Gasper Stukelj, Sachith Cheruvatur and Urim Retkoceri.
Moreover, I would like to thank all the speakers and participants in the workshop The Self in Time, whose contributions made those three days such a great experience. My deep gratitude also goes to Jeff McMahan, who took the time to personally discuss and clarify some of his ideas and arguments and encouraged me to pursue my argument.
I want to thank the staff of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences for providing an academically and personally stimulating atmosphere and for financially supporting my PhD project with a generous stipend. I also would like to thank the mentis Verlag for publishing my thesis and Michael Kienecker for his helpful advice on several occasions.
In a very real sense, this thesis would not have been possible without my family and friends. A special thanks goes to my parents for their continuous support and love. John took the time to proofread my manuscript and did a great job. I also want to particularly thank Barbara, who whole-heartedly encouraged me and once in a while contributed the helpful reminder that there is more in life than a PhD.
Finally, I want to thank Patrick. To say that the last couple of years have been challenging to both of us – with at least two black dogs having come into our lives –, would be an understatement. I am deeply grateful for his strength, patience and love.