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Dr Christian Onof

Honorary Research Fellow


Chris Onof’s first degree and PhD are in Mathematics and Engineering, and he obtained an MA and a PhD in philosophy from Birkbeck College and University College London respectively.

Chris Onof is a member of the editorial board of Kant Studies Online and co-founder of the journal Episteme. He is also Area Editor for 18th Century German Philosophy at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

His current research focuses on Kant’s transcendental idealism and its contemporary relevance for our understanding of reality and the notion of self. This interest is reflected in his arguing for a shift to a transcendental perspective as the only way of making sense of the most plausible accounts of phenomenal consciousness suggested by naturalism (property dualism, neutral monism). This is supplemented by research into the contribution existential phenomenology (Heidegger & Sartre) can make to an understanding of the relation of consciousness and world.

Selected refereed publications

Moral worth and inclinations in Kantian ethics, Kant Studies Online, 2011

Kant’s conception of self as subject and its embodiment Kant Yearbook, 2010, Vol. 2, pp. 147-174

Reconstructing the grounding of Kant’s ethics: a critical assessment Kant Studien, 2009, Vol. 100, No 4, pp. 496-517

Critical Notice of Galen Strawson's ‘Consciousness and its Place in Nature’ Journal of Mind and Behavior, 2009, Vol. 30, No 1-2, pp. 79-92

Property dualism, epistemic normativity and the limits of NaturalismPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2008, Vol. 76 (1), pp. 60-85

Selected contributions to books

Existentialism, Metaphysics and Ontology Continuum Companion to Existentialism, ed. J. Reynolds, A. Woodward, F. Joseph, 2011, London: Continuum Press, in press

Thinking the in-itself and its relation to appearances Kant's Idealism. New Interpretations of a Controversial Doctrine, eds. D. Schulting & J. Verburgt, 2011, Berlin: Springer, pp. 211-236

Death and the Sense of Self Dying, Assisted Death and Mourning, ed. A. Kasher, 2009, Rodopi B.V., pp. 33-50

Class-theoretic paradoxes and the neo-Kantian discarding of intuition An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, ed. Patricia Hanna, Atiner, 2008, pp. 101-112

Selected reviews

Review of Jens Timmermann’s (ed.) ‘Kant's “Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals”. A Critical Guide Philosophical Quarterly, 2011, Vol 61 No 243, 410-412

Review of William S. Robinson’s ‘Understanding Phenomenal Consciousness’Philosophical Psychology, 2006, Vol 19 No 4, pp. 543-547

Review of ‘There’s Something About Mary: Essays on Phenomenal Consciousness and Jackson’s Knowledge Argument’ Philosophy in Review, 2005, Vol. XXV No6, pp.423-426