Matthias grew up in Switzerland and studied philosophy, economics, and sociology at the University of Zurich, where he graduated in 2010. His main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of social science, and philosophy of biology. He is mildly obsessed with the status of normativity, intentionality, and rationality in our natural world and tries to investigate this status from the perspectives offered by these disciplines. At Brandeis, he hopes to broaden his philosophical knowledge of issues not directly related to those four fields, but also deepen his understanding of the questions closest to his heart. Whenever he happens not to be reading, discussing, or writing philosophy, he might be doing some photography or listening to electronic music, the latter of which being the one thing that might prevent him from ever becoming fully culturally American.