Research Interests

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), which was nominated for the American Philosophical Association Younger Scholar Book Prize in the Spring of 2013 (see links to reviews and discussion below). The book offers a sustained argument that Buddhist philosophers, in particular those who follow the tradition of inquiry initiated by Dignāga and Dharmakīrti, have much to contribute to current debates about perceptual consciousness, attention, self-awareness, and intentionality. 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).

Recent Publications


Reviews and Discussion

Articles and Book Chapters

In Press
Rough Drafts
Book Reviews


Perceiving Reality

Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (2012)

Journal of Consciousness Studies

Journal of Consciousness Studies Special Issue (Novemner 2015) on Perceiving Reality

Book Chapters

Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy

A Mirror Is For Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics

Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency?

Buddhist Philosophy: A Comparative Approach

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

The Buddhist World