About Christian

Christian Coseru

Christian Coseru is a philosopher and author living in Charleston and Northern California. He 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. He is the author of Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (OUP, 2012, pbk 2016). 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. He also serves as co-chair of the International Society for Buddhist Philosopohy. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the intersections between perceptual and affective consciousness, tentatively entitled Sense, Self-Awareness, and Sensibility, and an introducton to Buddhist philosophy of mind, entitled Moments of Consciousness.

Before joining the Philosophy Department at the College of Charleston, Christian taught in the Centre for Asian Societies and Histories at the Australian National University, where he also earned his Ph.D. He holds a License and Maîtrise ès lettres in philosophy from the University of Bucharest. While at ANU, Christian worked on a proof of concept model for parsing Sanskrit based on the Interlingua System (the project was funded by an Australian Research Council grant). The recipient of several fellowships, Christian was an itinerant scholar for several years. He spent four and a half years in India in the mid 1990s pursuing studies in Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy. While in India, he was affiliated with several research institutes, including the Asiatic Society in Calcutta (1995-1996), the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute and De Nobili College in Pune (1995), and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi (1995-1997, 2000-2001). He was a visiting scholar at Queens' College, Cambridge University in 2000, at the Institut de Civilisation Indienne, Paris in 2001, and at the Academia di Romania in Rome, in 2000.

Christian grew up on the banks of the Danube in Galati, Romania, and has lived on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. He is married to his colleague, philosopher and author Sheridan Hough.