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, I am mainly interested in perceptual experience and mindreading (in particular perceptual approaches 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. "Backlighting and Occlusion". Mind (accepted).

Overgaard, S. “Seeing-as, Seeing-o, and Seeing-that”. Philosophical Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-022-01810-9

Overgaard, S. “Naïve Realism and the Problem of Illusion”. Analytic Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1111/phib.12230

Overgaard, S. “The Vertical-Horizontal Illusion”. Erkenntnis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-020-00361-x



Overgaard, S. “The Future of TTOM [commentary on Veissiere et al.]”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43, e90 (2020): 45.

Overgaard, S. “Embodiment and Social Perception”. In A. Avramides, & M. Parrott (eds.), Knowing Other Minds, pp. 127-147. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Overgaard, S. “Enactivism and the Perception of Others’ Emotions”. In P. French, H. Wettstein, and M. Wrathall (eds.), Midwest Studies in Philosophy 41 (2017): 105-129.

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



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. 


20th Century Philosophy

Overgaard, S. "Husserl and Disjunctivism: Reply to Bower". Journal of the History of Philosophy (accepted).

Overgaard, S. “Against a Clear Conscience: A Levinasian Response to Williams’s Challenge”. In M. Fagenblat and M. Erdur (eds.), Levinas and Analytic Philosophy, pp. 279-291. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Overgaard, S. “Perceptual Error, Conjunctivism, and Husserl”. Husserl Studies 34 (2018): 25-45.


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