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Dr Joseph Schear

University Lecturer in Philosophy
Official Student (i.e. Tutorial Fellow) of Christ Church

Christ Church
St Aldates
Oxford, OX1 1DP
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1865 276248


Research Interests

I am interested in the philosophy of mind, on the one hand, and Post-Kantian European Philosophy, especially the phenomenological tradition, on the other. I also have a strong interest in Kant and German Idealism.

I am currently finishing a book on intentionality, at once drawing on and offering a reading of the seminal writings of Husserl and (the “early”) Heidegger. I am also working on several other problems – e.g. the relationship between experience and judgment; the nature of self-consciousness; questions about a priori, or “pure,” concepts; the historicity of conceptual schemes, and how best to understand conceptual change; and the senses in which phenomenology is, and is not, a Kantian enterprise. I am also developing an interest in some issues in the history and philosophy of psychiatry.

I co-convene the Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar in the Faculty of Philosophy. I am the editor of the European Journal of Philosophy.

Career & Education

I earned my B.A. in philosophy and cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Before moving to Oxford in 2008, I worked for two years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, located on the central coast of my home state.

Recent Publications


Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World: The McDowell-Dreyfus Debate, (edited volume, Routledge, 2012)

Horizons of Intentionality: From Husserl to Heidegger, (manuscript in progress)


  1. “Judgment and Ontology in Heidegger’s Phenomenology” (in The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, VII, 2008)
  2. “Experience and Self-Consciousness” (in Philosophical Studies, 2009)
  3. Are We Essentially Rational Animals?Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World, ed. Joseph K. Schear (Routledge, 2012)
  4. Historical Finitude” (forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Being and Time, ed. Mark Wrathall, in press)
  5. "Husserl on the Horizons of Perceptual Experience” (to appear in a volume on the Phenomenology and Metaphysics of Vision)
  6. Understanding as a Finite Ability” (forthcoming in Wittgenstein and Heidegger (Routledge, 2013) eds. David Egan, Stephen Reynolds, and Aaron Wendland)

Papers in progress:

  1. "Heidegger and the Problem of Reason" (in preparation for Philosophical Topics)
  2. “Phenomenology: Zurück nach Kant?” (in preparation for the European Journal of Philosophy)
  3. "Heidegger's Critique of Husserl's (Species) Theory of Meaning" (under submission; draft available upon request).
  4. "Logical Psychologism and the Foundations of Phenomenology"
  5. "Is All Consciousness Self-Consciousness?"
  6. "Is Thought, Like Perception, "Horizonal"?"

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