Christian Coseru

Lightsey Humanities Chair and Professor of Philosophy

Address: 16 Glebe Street, Room 201
Phone: 843.953.5687
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Christian Coseru works in the fields of philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Indian and Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and cognitive science. Some of his most recent work focuses on theories of perception, first-person approaches to consciousness, and issues in moral psychology concerning empathy and evolution, and agency and moral responsibility. 

In his own words:

I am deeply committed to making philosophy more conceptually inclusive by incorporating resources of philosophical skill from other cultures. To that end, I have directed (with Jay Garfield and Evan Thompson) two NEH Summer Institutes: the first, on cross-cultural philosophy of mind ("Investigating Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical Perspective") in 2012, and a second on "Self-knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies" in the Summer of 2018. I am also editor (with Purushottama Bilimoria and Andrew Irvine) of the Springer Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures Series.


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

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • 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

Seminar: Debates in Consciousness Studies (2016)
Seminar: Consciousness, Perception, and Intentionality (2013)
Seminar: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition (2009)
Metaphysics (2006, 2009, 2013)
Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind (2014)
20th Century Continental Philosophy (2007)
Knowledge and Reality (2016)
Contemporary Moral Issues (2019)

Honors and Awards

  • NEH Summer Institute: Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies (with Jay Garfield and Evan Thompson), 2011-2013 
  • NEH Summer Institute  Investigating Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives (with Jay Garfield and Evan Thompson), 2017-2019
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant, for developing an Interlingua based proof of concept model for parsing Sanskrit, 2000



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

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