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Søren Overgaard

Søren Overgaard

Associate Professor

My research interests range from the history of twentieth century philosophy (especially phenomenology, Wittgenstein, and ordinary language philosophy) through metaphilosophy to the philosophy of mind. Currently, my main interests are perceptual experience and mindreading (in particular perceptual aprroaches to mindreading).

In recent years, I’ve taught BA and MA-level courses in philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and existential philosophy. Since 2010, I’ve also been a co-organizer of the annual Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, as well as one of the regular lecturers.

I mainly supervise essays within phenomenology (broadly construed) and the philosophy of mind, including philosophy of perception.

Some recent publications:



Overgaard, S. “The Unobservability Thesis”. Synthese 194 (2017): 743-760

Overgaard, S. & Michael, J. “The Interactive Turn in Social Cognition Research: A Critique”. Philosophical Psychology 28 (2015): 160-183.

Overgaard, S.  “McNeill on Embodied Perception Theory”. The Philosophical Quarterly 64 (2014): 135-143.

Overgaard, S. & Krueger, J. “Social Perception and ‘Spectator Theories’ of Other Minds”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (4) (2013): 434-435.

Overgaard, S. “Other People”. In D. Zahavi (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology, pp. 460-479. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.



Overgaard, S. “Visual Perception and Self-Movement: Another Look”. In A. Foolen, U. M. Lüdtke, T. P. Racine and J. Zlatev (eds.), Moving Ourselves, Moving Others, pp. 81-103. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012.

Overgaard, S. “Disjunctivism and the Urgency of Scepticism”. Philosophical Explorations 14 (2011): 5-21. [Reprinted in M. Willaschek (ed.), Disjunctivism: Disjunctive Accounts in Epistemology and in the Philosophy of Perception, pp. 86-102. London: Routledge, 2012.]

Overgaard, S. “On the Looks of Things”. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91 (2010): 260-284.



D'Oro, G. & Overgaard, S. (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Overgaard, S. “How to do things with brackets: The epoché explained”. Continental Philosophy Review 48 (2015): 179-195.

Overgaard, S., Gilbert, P. and Burwood, S. An Introduction to Metaphilosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Overgaard, S.  “Against Linguistic Exclusivism”. In B. Mou and R. Tieszen (eds.), Constructive Engagement of Analytic and Continental Approaches in Philosophy, pp. 71-90. Leiden: Brill, 2013.


20th Century Philosophy

Overgaard, S.  “The Look”. In S. Churchill and J. Reynolds (eds.), Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts, pp. 106-117. Durham: Acumen, 2013.

Luft, S. & Overgaard, S. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology. London: Routledge, 2011.

Overgaard, S. “Royaumont Revisited”. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (2010): 899-924. [Included in the 21st Anniversary Editor’s Choice Collection of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, a collection comprising 21 articles representing the “excellence of the work that has been published in the journal”.]

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