Dan Zahavi

Dan Zahavi


I am professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Subjectivity Research

I am mainly working on topics in the field of phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. I have written on the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity, social cognition, temporality, sociality, shame, empathy and collective intentionality. I am the author of a number of books including Husserl’s Phenomenology (Stanford 2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (MIT Press 2005), The Phenomenological Mind together with S. Gallagher (Routledge 2008/2012), Self and Other (OUP 2014),  Husserl's Legacy (OUP 2017), and Phenomenology: The Basics (Routledge 2019). I am co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Primary fields of research

  • Ongoing work on the social dimension of self-experience
  • Ongoing work on shared emotions, we-intentionality, and second-person engagement
  • Ongoing work on the nature of empathy and its relevance for social cognition
  • Ongoing work on the relation between phenomenology and naturalism
  • Ongoing work on Husserl's transcendental idealism
  • Ongoing work on the relation between selfhood and unity of consciousness with particular focus on various no-self doctrines


I teach mainly on the MA level in topics related to phenomenology and philosophy of mind. During the last years, I have taught courses on the relation between consciousness and self-consciousness, on collective intentionality, on shame, and on Husserl's work Crisis.

I supervise in topics related to philosophy of mind and phenomenology (self-consciousness, levels of self, empathy, social cognition, embodiment, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, etc.).

Office hour: Tuesday 9 AM - 10 AM.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Husserl's Legacy: Phenomenology, Metaphysics, and Transcendental Philosophy

    Zahavi, Dan, 2017, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 246 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame

    Zahavi, Dan, 2014, Oxford University Press. 280 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology

    Zahavi, Dan (ed.), 2012, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 640 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Self, No Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions

    Siderits, M. (ed.), Thompson, E. (ed.) & Zahavi, Dan (ed.), 2011, Oxford University Press. 352 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    The Phenomenological Mind

    Gallagher, S. & Zahavi, Dan, 2012, 2 ed. London: Routledge. 288 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Phänomenologie für Einsteiger

    Zahavi, Dan, 2007, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. 121 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  7. Published

    Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person Perspective

    Zahavi, Dan, 2005, Cambrige, MA: MIT Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Husserl's Phenomenology

    Zahavi, Dan, 2003, Stanford: Stanford University Press. 178 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Metaphysics, Facticity, Interpretation. Phenomenology in the Nordic Countries

    Zahavi, Dan (ed.), Heinämaa, S. (ed.) & Ruin, H. (ed.), 2003, Dordrecht-Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 242 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    One Hundred Years of Phenomenology. Husserl's Logical Investigations Revisited

    Zahavi, Dan (ed.) & Stjernfelt, F. (ed.), 2002, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 235 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  11. Published

    Self-awareness and alterity: A phenomenological investigation

    Zahavi, Dan, 1999, Evanston: Northwestern University Press. 304 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  12. Published

    Husserl und die transzendentale Intersubjektivität: Eine Auseinandersetzung mit der Sprachpragmatik

    Zahavi, Dan, 1996, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

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