Søren Overgaard

Søren Overgaard

Associate Professor

My research interests range from the history of twentieth century philosophy (especially phenomenology, Wittgenstein, and ordinary language philosophy) through metaphilosophy to the philosophy of mind. Currently, I am mainly interested in perceptual experience and mindreading (in particular perceptual approaches to mindreading).

In recent years, I’ve taught BA and MA-level courses in philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and existential philosophy. Since 2010, I’ve also been a co-organizer of the annual Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, as well as one of the regular lecturers.

I mainly supervise essays within phenomenology (broadly construed) and the philosophy of mind, including philosophy of perception.

Some recent publications:



Overgaard, S. “The Future of TTOM [commentary on Veissiere et al.]”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43, e90 (2020): 45.

Overgaard, S. “Reframing the issue of direct social perception: Comment on ‘Seeing mental states: An experimental strategy for measuring the observability of other minds’ by Cristina Becchio et al.” Physics of Life Reviews 24 (2018): 96-98.

Overgaard, S. “Embodiment and Social Perception”. In A. Avramides, & M. Parrott (eds.), Knowing Other Minds, pp. 127-147. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Overgaard, S. “Enactivism and the Perception of Others’ Emotions”. In P. French, H. Wettstein, and M. Wrathall (eds.), Midwest Studies in Philosophy 41 (2017): 105-129.

Overgaard, S. “The Unobservability Thesis”. Synthese 194 (2017): 743-760

Overgaard, S. & Michael, J. “The Interactive Turn in Social Cognition Research: A Critique”. Philosophical Psychology 28 (2015): 160-183.

Overgaard, S.  “McNeill on Embodied Perception Theory”. The Philosophical Quarterly 64 (2014): 135-143.



Overgaard, S. “Seeing-as, Seeing-o, and Seeing-that”. Forthcoming in Philosophical Studies.

Overgaard, S. “Naïve Realism and the Problem of Illusion”. Analytic Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1111/phib.12230

Overgaard, S. “The Vertical-Horizontal Illusion”. Erkenntnis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-020-00361-x

Overgaard, S. “How Not to Think of Perception”. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 27 (2020): 121-132.



D'Oro, G. & Overgaard, S. (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Overgaard, S. “How to do things with brackets: The epoché explained”. Continental Philosophy Review 48 (2015): 179-195.

Overgaard, S., Gilbert, P. and Burwood, S. An Introduction to Metaphilosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Overgaard, S.  “Against Linguistic Exclusivism”. In B. Mou and R. Tieszen (eds.), Constructive Engagement of Analytic and Continental Approaches in Philosophy, pp. 71-90. Leiden: Brill, 2013.


20th Century Philosophy

Overgaard, S. “Against a Clear Conscience: A Levinasian Response to Williams’s Challenge”. In M. Fagenblat and M. Erdur (eds.), Levinas and Analytic Philosophy, pp. 279-291. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Overgaard, S. “Perceptual Error, Conjunctivism, and Husserl”. Husserl Studies 34 (2018): 25-45.

Overgaard, S.  “The Look”. In S. Churchill and J. Reynolds (eds.), Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts, pp. 106-117. Durham: Acumen, 2013.

Luft, S. & Overgaard, S. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology. London: Routledge, 2011.

Overgaard, S. “Royaumont Revisited”. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (2010): 899-924. [Included in the 21st Anniversary Editor’s Choice Collection of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, a collection comprising 21 articles representing the “excellence of the work that has been published in the journal”.]

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