Charles Siewert
December 2011


Philosophy Department
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251
Office phone: (713) 348-4191

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1994.
B.A., Philosophy, Reed College, 1983.

 

 

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Rice University    Robert Alan and Kathryn Dunlevie
Hayes Chair in Humanities (2010-  )
University of California, Riverside   Full Professor (2004- 2010)
University of Miami   Associate Professor (2001-2004)
University of Miami   Assistant Professor (1995-2001)
Reed College   Visiting Assistant Professor (1994-95)

 

PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

 

Book:

The Significance of Consciousness, Princeton University Press, 1998.

Articles:

“Phenomenological Approaches,” forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Perception, edited by Mohan Matthen, Oxford University Press.

“Phenomenality and Self-Consciousness,” forthcoming in Phenomenal Intentionality, edited by Uriah Kriegel, Oxford University Press.

“Intellectualism, Experience, and Motor Understanding,” forthcoming in Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World: the McDowell/Dreyfus Debate, edited by Joseph Schear, Routledge Press.

“Respecting Appearances,” in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology, edited by Dan Zahavi, Oxford University Press, 2012.

“On the Phenomenology of Introspection,” in Introspection and Consciousness, edited by Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar, Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Phenomenal Thought,” in Cognitive Phenomenology, edited by Tim Bayne and Michelle Montague, Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Philosophy of Mind,” in The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, edited by Søren Overgaard and Sebastian Luft, Routledge Press, 2011.

“Embodied Consciousness and the Explanatory Gap,” forthcoming in The Journal of Consciousness Studies (for symposium on Evan Thompson’s Mind in Life).

““Socratic Introspection and the Abundance of Experience,” Journal of Consciousness Studies: Describing Inner Experience: a Symposium Debating Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES), Vol. 18, No. 1, January 2011.

 “Saving Appearances: a Dilemma for Physicalists,” in The Waning of Materialism: New Essays, edited by George Bealer and Robert Koons, Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Consciousness and Conceptual Thought,” in The Oxford Companion to Consciousness, edited by Tim Bayne, A.Cleeremans, and P. Wilken, Oxford, 2009.

“Who’s Afraid of Phenomenological Disputes?,” Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XLV, Supplement, 2007.

“In Favor of (Plain) Phenomenology,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences: Special Issue on Dennett and Heterophenomenology, Vol. 6 Nos.1-2 March 2007.

 “Is the Appearance of Shape Protean?,” Psyche 12 (3) July 2006 (http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au)

“Consciousness,” in A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Edited by Hubert Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. Blackwell Publishers, 2006.

“Attention and Sensorimotor Intentionality,” Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Mind. Edited by David Smith and Amie Thomasson. Oxford University Press, 2005.

“Plain Phenomenology,” in Experience and Analysis: Proceedings of the 27th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Edited by Maria Reicher and Johann Marek.  Öbv & Hpt Velagsgesellschaft, 2005.

“Is Experience Transparent?” Philosophical Studies, 117: 15-41, 2004.

“Rationality and Self-Knowledge: Shoemaker on Self-Blindness,” in Privileged Access. Edited by Brie Gertler. Ashegate, 2003.

“Is Visual Experience Rich or Poor?,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, Special Issue: “Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?”,  Vol. 9, No. 5-6, 2002.

“Consciousness and Intentionality,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edited by Edward Zalta (http://plato.stanford.edu) June 2002 (revised December 2006).

“Self-Knowledge and Phenomenal Unity,” Noûs, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2001         

“Plato’s Division of Reason and Appetite,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4, October 2001.

Articles for symposium on The Significance of Consciousness in the on-line journal Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness (http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au):

  • “Consciousness, Natural Representation, and First-Person Warrant: Reply to Dretske,” Psyche 10 (03), November 2004.
  • “Phenomenality and Intentionality: Which Explains Which? Reply to Gertler,” Psyche 10 (02), October 2004.
  • “Consciousness, Intentionality, and Concepts: Reply to Nelkin,” Psyche 10 (02), September 2004.
  • “First-Person Reflection and Hidden Physical Features: Reply to Witmer,” Psyche 9(06), February 2003.
  • “Eliminativism, First-Person Knowledge, and Phenomenal Intentionality:   Reply to Levine,” Psyche 9(03) January 2003.
  • “Phenomenality, Intentionality, and Reflexivity: Replies to Ludwig and Thomasson,” Psyche 8(09) October 2002.
  •  “Consciousness Neglect and Inner Sense: Reply to Lycan,” Psyche, 7 (07) April 2001.
  • “Spontaneous Blindsight and Immediate Availability: Reply to Carruthers,” Psyche 7 (07) April 2001.
  • “Précis of The Significance of Consciousness,” Psyche 6 (12) October 2000.


Reviews

“Review of Dan Zahavi’s Subjectivity and Selfhood,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (3): 840-843, October 2008.

 “Review of Evan Thompson’s Mind in Life, Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews, January 2008.

 “Review of Galen Strawson’s Mental Reality,” Philosophical Psychology
  9: 404-408, Sept.1996.

“What Dennett Can’t Imagine and Why,” Inquiry 36: 96-112, March 1993.


In Preparation:

Review of Christopher Hill’s Consciousness for The Philosophical Review.
“Merleau-Ponty” for Phenomenal Intentionality, Past and Present.
“The Importance of Consciousness” for Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

Funded Research:

Participant, NEH Summer Institute on Consciousness and Intentionality,
University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002.
Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2001
Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities, 1997

 

Editorial Responsibilities:

Referee of journal articles for: Journal of Consciousness Studies; Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; Consciousness and Cognition; Mind and Language; Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; Australasian Journal of Philosophy; Noûs (2001-2010)

Reviewer of book proposal on the epistemic significance of consciousness, Oxford University Press (2011)
Reviewer of book proposal on the metaphysics of experience, Oxford  
      University Press (2009)
Reviewer of book proposal, The Phenomenological Mind, for Routledge    
      (2005)
Reviewer of book manuscript on consciousness for Oxford University
      Press (2002)
Reviewer of grant proposals for the Institute for Consciousness Studies
     (1999)
Reviewer of book manuscript for MIT Press on Merleau-Ponty’s   
     Phenomenology of Perception (1996).
 

Professional Reviews:

Tenure review, Lewis and Clark College, 2006.

Review for promotion to Full Professor, University of Alabama, 2007.

Tenure review, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007.

Mid-term review (with Eric Schwitzgebel), University of California, Merced, 2007.

Tenure review, Southern Methodist University, 2008.

Tenure review, University of Toronto, 2008.

Tenure review, Pomona College, 2009.

Tenure review, Boston University, 2010.

Career review for promotion above scale, University of California, Irvine, 2010.

Tenure review, U.C. Merced, 2011.

Tenure review, Ohio State University, 2011.

Career review for promotion to full professor, Claremont McKenna College, 2011.


Professional Organizations:

American Philosophical Association
The International Society for Phenomenological Studies
Society for the Study of Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy
The Society for Exact Philosophy
Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Honors and Awards:

University of Miami, Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999
American Philosophical Association Book Prize for the years 1997-99, awarded to The Significance of Consciousness.
Phi Kappa Phi, 1999
Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
    


Other Professional Activities:

Presentations

“Phenomenal Introspection,” presented at University of Fribourg Workshop on The Normative Significance of Consciousness, December 11, 2011.
“’A Phenomenological Conception of Consciousness.” Presented at Rice University, Conference on Consciousness, Phenomenality and Intentionality, October 27, 2011.
“On the Phenomenology of Introspection,” presented the University of Luxembourg, Workshop in Introspection, June 2011.
Comments on Kevin Connolly’s “Concept Acquisition and Perceptual Phenomenology,” presented at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA. April 21, 2011
“Introspection, Inner Sense and Attention,” presented at the Tucson Conference,“Toward a Science of Consciousness,” April 14, 2010.
“Attention, Introspection, and Inner Sense,” Maribor/Ohio State/Rijeka Conference on The Philosophical Significance of Attention, Dubrovnik, May, 2009.
“Consciousness, Curiosity, and Thought,” at Rice University, January 2009.
Comments on Richard Swinburne’s presentation, “Substance Dualism,” at UC Riverside, meeting of SCP, October 2008.
“Consciousness and Curiosity,” presented at the University of Arizona, October 2008.
“The Question of Phenomenal Thought” presented at “Consciousness and Thought” conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 2008.
“The Charge of Intellectualism: Dreyfus, McDowell and Merleau-Ponty,” presented at the Asilomar Conference for the  International Society for Phenomenological Studies, Monterey, CA, July 2008.
“The Question of Phenomenal Thought” presented at the Workshop on Phenomenology and Intentionality, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, June 2008.
Comments on John Campbell’s “Practical vs Reflective Ways of Understanding Causation,” presented at the Conference on the Self, Agency, and Self-Awareness,” University of California, Riverside, February 2008.
“The Question of Phenomenal Thought” presented at the Meeting of the California Phenomenology Circle, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, June 2007.
“Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and the Regress Challenge,” presented at Workshop on Phenomenology and Intentionality, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, April 2007.
“Consciousness and Self-Consciousness,” presented at the Pacific APA meeting of the California Phenomenology Circle, April 2007.
“Who’s Afraid of Phenomenological Disputes?” presented at the Spindel Conference on the First-Person Perspective in Philosophical Inquiry, University of Memphis, Sept. 2006.
 “On Perceptual Constancy and Sensorimotor Skill,” presented at Asilomar Conference for the  International Society for Phenomenological Studies, Monterey, CA, July 2006.
“Who’s Afraid of Phenomenological Disputes?,” presented at Pomona College, on March 2006.
Reply to John Campbell’s Comments on “In Favor of (Plain) Phenomenology,” presented at the SPAWN Conference on Consciousness at Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, on July 30, 2005.
“In Favor of (Plain) Phenomenology,” presented at the University of California Irvine, May 23, 2005.
“In Favor of (Plain) Phenomenology,” presented at a meeting of the California Phenomenology Group, Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2005.
“In Favor of (Plain) Phenomenology,” presented at the meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, March 26, 2005.
“Plain Phenomenology,” presented at California State University Los Angeles, March 3, 2005.
“Plain Phenomenology,” presented at the 27th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, Austria, August 10, 2004.
“Comments on Van Gulick’s ‘Jackson’s Change of Mind: Representationalism, A Priorism and the Knowledge Argument,’” presented at La Pietra Conference, Florence, Italy, June 23, 2004.
“Minimal Phenomenology,” presented to the Society for the Study of Husserl’s Philosophy, Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, April 24, 2004.
“Attention and Higher Order Representation,” presented at East Carolina University Philosophy Conference, Greenville, North Carolina, April 2, 2004.
“Is Experience Transparent?,” presented at the University of California, Riverside, CA, January 13, 2004.
Workshop on The Significance of Consciousness, at the University of Munich, Munich, Germany, December 13, 2003.
“Is Experience Transparent?,” presented at the University of Munich, Munich, Germany, December 12, 2003.
“Is Experience Transparent?,” presented at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland, December 11, 2003.
“Consciousness and Higher Order Representation,” presented at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland, December 11, 2003.
“Is Experience Transparent?”, presented at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, May 21, 2003.
“Is Experience Transparent?”, presented at the Institute for Subjectivity Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15, 2003.
“Attention and Inner Sense,” presented at the Institute for Subjectivity Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 13, 2003.
“Attending to Experience,” presented at Pacific meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 27, 2003.
“Phenomenal Thought,” presented at NEH Summer Institute on Consciousness and Intentionality, University of Californian Santa Cruz, July 9, 2002.
“Is Vision Rich or Poor?” presented at the Tucson Conference,“Toward a Science of Consciousness,” April 11, 2002.
Author Meets Critics: The Significance of Consciousness, with replies to Glen Braddock and Joseph Levine, Pacific APA Meeting, March 30, 2002.
Symposium on The Significance of Consciousness and John Perry’s Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness, Meeting of the Husserl Society, at Pacific APA Meeting, March 28, 2002.
Guest Lectures on Merleau-Ponty’s Notion of Motor Intentionality, for Hubert Dreyfus’ Course in Phenomenology, University of California, Berkeley, February-March 2002.
“The Phenomenology of Inattentional Blindness,” Asilomar Conference for th International Society for Phenomenological Studies, Monterey, CA, June 2001.
Symposium on The Significance of Consciousness, Southern Society for
         Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans April 2001
“Shoemaker on Self-Blindness and Self-Knowledge,” presented at the University of Florida, Gainesville, November 2000.
Symposium on The Significance of Consciousness, University of Miami,
         May 2000.
“Self-Knowledge and Phenomenal Unity,” presented at the Tuscon IV
         Conference,“Toward a Science of Consciousness,” April 2000.
“Blindsight, Consciousness Neglect, and Indexical Belief,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy, March 2000.
“‘Spirit’ in Plato’s Soul,” presented at the University of Miami, and at the annual meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, November 1999
Symposium on The Significance of Consciousness, at the annual meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, November 1998.
“Blindsight as a Guide to Consciousness,” presented at the Tuscon III Conference, “Toward a Science of Consciousness,” April 1998.
“The Importance of Consciousness,” presented at Reed College, November 1994
.“Clarifying Consciousness,” presented at the University of Connecticut,
        March 1994.

 

TEACHING

 

 

TEACHING

Teaching Specialization (courses taught):

Graduate seminars on consciousness, self-consciousness, perception, and self-knowledge
Graduate seminars on phenomenology (Brentano, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty)
Philosophy of mind (upper division)
Ancient philosophy (Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic Philosophy)
Plato (upper division)
Aristotle (upper division)
Modern philosophy (Descartes through Kant)
Introduction to Philosophy
Humanities (Ancient Greece and Rome, Judaism and Early Christianity)


Qualifying Committees, Thesis and Dissertation Advising (2005- )

At The University of California, Riverside:


Ph.D. Dissertation Committee
    Samantha Matherne (2010-)
Director of Proposition Committee
     Samantha Matherne (2009)
Director of Master’s Thesis
Robert Sanchez (2006)
Young Koh (2007)
Member, Oral Qualifying Committee for Ph.D.:
Richard Doan (2005)
Nathan Westbrook (2007)

At other institutions:

Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Christopher Lay, University of California, Irvine (2007-10)
Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Chad Kidd, University of California, Irvine (2008-)
Outside reviewer, Master Thesis, Kevin Sinclair, Macquarrie University, Sydney, Australia (2008)
Oral Qualifying Committee for Ph.D., Chad Kidd, University of California, Irvine (2008)

 

 

 

SERVICE

 

SERVICE

Committee and Administrative Responsibilities

American Philosophical Association:

Pacific Division, Program Committee (2007-10)

Rice University Philosophy Department:

Undergraduate Advisor (2011- )

UC Riverside:

Member, Search Committee for Director of University Writing Program (2006-7).


UC Riverside Philosophy Department:

Member, Search Committee for Asst. or Associate Professor in Philosophy, specializing in 19th or 20th century European Philosophy. (Fall 2006-7)
Chair, Search Committee for Asst. Professor in Philosophy, specializing in Moral and Political Philosophy. (Fall 2005-Spring 2006)

University of Miami:

Member, Committee for U.M. Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
Member, University of Miami College Council (1997-2000)
Member, U.M. College Curriculum Committee (1999)
    

University of Miami Philosophy Department:

Director of Undergraduate Studies for the University of Miami Philosophy Department (2000-4)

Committees:

Graduate admissions
Qualifying examination  
Search Committee for junior position in Modern Philosophy
(1999-2000)
Search Committee for junior position in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
    European Philosophy (1999-2000)
Search Committee for junior position (open) (2000-1)