Research Interests

Christian's research interests are in the philosophy of mind, phenomenology of perception, naturalized epistemology, and Indian and Buddhist philosophy. 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 (available also through Oxford Scholarship Online; reviewed in Mind, Philosophy East and West, and H-Buddhism). The central idea of this book is that perception should be understood as a practical engagement with the objects, situations and events of our lives, and thus as something that we do rather than something that happens to us. 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. He is currently working on his second book on a reflexive theory of perceptual awareness, tentatively titled Presence of Mind: A Theory of Reflexive Sensibility..

Recent Publications
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Book

Perceiving Reality

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

Book Chapters

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

The Buddhist World

The Buddhist World