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. The focus of my current research is perceptual experience.

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. Perceptual Occlusion and the Differentiation Condition”. Synthese 203 (2024): article 128. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-024-04574-3

Overgaard, S. "Backlighting and Occlusion". Mind 132 (2023): 63-83.

Overgaard, S. “The Vertical-Horizontal Illusion”. Erkenntnis 88 (2023): 441-455.

Overgaard, S. “Seeing-as, Seeing-o, and Seeing-that”. Philosophical Studies 179 (2022): 2973-2992.

Overgaard, S. “Naïve Realism and the Problem of Illusion”. Analytic Philosophy 63 (2022): 174-191.



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

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. "Husserl and Disjunctivism: Reply to Bower". Journal of the History of Philosophy 61 (2023): 499-513.

Overgaard, S. “Phenomenologists on Perception and Hallucination: Husserl and Merleau-Ponty”. Philosophy Compass 17 (2022): e12861.

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.



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. 

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