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Christian Coseru

Associate Professor

Address: 4B Glebe Street, Room 205
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Christian Coseru is the author of Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), which offers a defense of phenomenological naturalism in comparative philosophy of mind; he is currently completing another book manuscript on phenomenological and analytic philosophical perspectives on consciousness. He teaches courses in Metaphysics, Indian and Buddhist philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind.

In his own words

My research interests are in the philosophy of mind, phenomenology of perception, naturalized epistemology, Buddhist philosophy, Hellenistic philosophy and cross-cultural hermeneutics. My most recent work focuses on classical Indian and Buddhist theories of perception, the contemporary reception of the Dignāga-Dharmakīrti school of Buddhist epistemology, and the intersections between phenomenology and cognitive science. 


Ph.D. - Philosophy/Asian Studies, Australian National University
Maîtrise ès letters - Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Licence ès lettres - Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Research Interests

  • Metaphysical and epistemological issues in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy
  • Phenomenological and Cognitive Science perspectives on consciousness, intentionality, perception, and the self
  • Issues in cross-cultural and comparative philosophy particularly regarding the translation and transmission of Indian and Buddhist philosophy to the West


Courses Taught

PHIL 450 Consciousness, Intentionality, Embodiment (Senior Seminar)
PHIL 320 Metaphysics: Issues in Personal Identity
PHIL 234 Eastern Philosophy

PHIL 307 20th Century Continental Philosophy
PHIL 255 Philosophy of Religion

Honors and Awards

NEH Summer Institute Grant to stage an institute on "Investigating Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives," Summer 2012.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant, for developing an Interlingua based proof of concept model for parsing Sanskrit.



Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).


"Buddhism, Comparative Neurophilosophy, and Human Flourishing," Zygon 49 (1): 208-219.

"Taking the Intentionality of Perception Seriously: Why Phenomenology is Inescapable," Philosophy East and West 65 (3).

"Dignāga and Dharmakīrti on Perception and Self-Awareness," in The Buddhist World, edited by John Powers. Routledge, 2013.

"Reason and Experience in Buddhist Epistemology," In A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, edited by S. Emmanuel. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013 .

"Mind in Indian Buddhist Philosophy," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2009 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).

"Naturalism and Intentionality: A Buddhist Epistemological Approach," Asian Philosophy 19/3 (2009).

"Buddhist 'Foundationalism' and the Phenomenology of Perception," Philosophy East and West 59/4 (2009).

"Karma, Rebirth, and Mental Causation," in Prebish, C., Kewon, D., & Wright, D. S. (eds.), Revisioning Karma, Journal of Buddhist Ethics Online Books (2007).

"Essay on the Ascension of the Soul in Neoplatonism, part I," Origins 6/1-2 (2003).

"Hermeneutics in a Buddhist Perspective," Origins 5/1 (2002).

"The Continuity between the Madhyamaka and the Yogācāra Schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India," Journal of the Asiatic Society 37/2 (1996).