Christian's current research is in the philosophy of mind, phenomenology of perception, naturalized epistemology, and Buddhist philosophy. Some of his most recent work focuses on the intersections between phenomenology and cognitive science, and on classical Indian and Buddhist theories of perception. He is also interested in issues in moral psychology concerning empathy and evolution, and agency and responsibility. He is the author of Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (OUP, 2012). The book develops a cosmopolitan perspective on philosophy of mind, exploring the significance of Indian Buddhist analysis in contemporary discussions of intentionality, self-consciousness, and conceptual content. Christian has directed (with Jay Garfield and Evan Thompson) an NEH Summer Institute on cross-cultural philosophy of mind, and will be directing a second NEH Summer Institute on self-knowledge in the Summer of 2018. Christian is currently working on a second monograph on epistemic feelings, tentatively titled Sense, Self-Awareness, and Subjectivity, and on an introduction to Buddhist philosophy of mind, titled Moments of Consciousness (currently under contract with OUP) (Follow this link for his CV).
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“More or Less Within My Power: Nature, Virtue, and the Modern Stoic,” Reason Papers 40 (2) 2018.
“On Engaging Buddhism Philosophically”, Sophia 57 (4): 1–11.
"Whose Consciousness: Reflexivity and the Problem of Self-Knowledge," in Siderits, M., Keng, C., and Spackman, J., eds. Buddhist Philosophy of Consciousness, forthcoming.
"Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem in Indian Philosophy," in R. Gennaro, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, London: Routledge, 2018.
"Interpretations or Interventions? Indian Philosophy in the Global Cosmopolis", in Purushottama Bilimoria, ed. Routledge History of Indian Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2018.
"Soznanie, lichnaya identichnost' i debaty o “ya” /“ne-ya”," Voprosy Filosofii, Vol. 10 (2017): 130–140.
"Are Reasons Causally Relevant for Action? Dharmakīrti and the Embodied Cognition Paradigm", in Steven Emmanuel, ed. Buddhist Philosophy: A Comparative Approach, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, pp. 109-122.
"Breaking Good: Moral Agency, Neuroethics, and the Spontaneity of Compassion", in Jake Davis, ed., A Mirror is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics (New York, Oxford University Press, 2017).
"Personal Identity and Cosmopolitan Philosophy", Philosophical Studies,DOI: 10.1007/s11098-016-0829-6, December 2016.
"Freedom from Responsibility: Agent-Neutral Consequentialism and the Bodhisattva Ideal", in Rick Repetti, ed,. Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency? (London, Routledge 2016).
"Consciousness and Causal Emergence: Śāntarakṣita Against Physicalism", in Jonardon Ganeri, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy (Oxford University Press, published online June 2016).
"Précis of Perceiving Reality," Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (9-10): 9-24.
"Perception, Causally Efficacious Particulars, and the Range of Phenomenal Consciousness: Reply to Commentaries," Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (9-10): 55-82.
"Taking the Intentionality of Perception Seriously: Why Phenomenology is Inescapable," Philosophy East and West 65 (3): 227-248.
"Buddhism, Comparative Neurophilosophy, and Human Flourishing," Zygon 49 (1): 208-219.
"Dignāga and Dharmakīrti on Perception and Self-Awareness," in Powers, J., ed. The Buddhist World, Routledge, 2013.
Consciousness, Naturalism, and Human Flourishing
"Selves: Subpersonal, Immersed, and Participating: A Review Essay of Jonardon Ganeri, The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and the First Person Stance," Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
Review of Simon P. James, Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics, Sophia (April 2008) 47, 1: 75-77.
Review of David E. Cooper and Simon P. James, Buddhism, Virtue, and Environment, Sophia (July 2007) 46, 2: 207-209.