I am a Canadian philosopher researching issues in philosophy of mind and language, broadly construed. I am interested in how the meaning we find and make in language extends more basic bodily modes of sensemaking in perception, action, and preverbal communication. My approach to these topics is pluralistic, drawing from phenomenology, analytic philosophy, cognitive science, and empirical research in psychology and neuroscience. I also engage diverse historical and cultural traditions, including Indian and ancient Greek philosophy. My research has recently been featured in European Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. I completed my doctoral studies in philosophy at Fordham University in New York City in the spring of 2020.
My current research plans have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime I have been teaching as a sessional instructor at various Canadian universities and colleges for the 2020-2021 academic year. As soon as I am able, I will begin a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience (CHAIN) of the University of Hokkaido in Sapporo, Japan funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
My academic and personal interests in phenomenology, embodied cognitive science, and Indian philosophy converge in my study and practice of yoga. Though yoga is currently known in the West primarily for its postural and meditative practices, it is also one of the ancient schools of Indian philosophy. With its careful studies of conscious bodily experience, yogic philosophy complements phenomenology. There are many as yet unexplored avenues for future research and mutual exchange between phenomenology and yoga. I am pursuing some of these themes in my current practice, study, and scholarship. The first fruits of my scholarly work in this area have recently been published in Philosophy East and West.
I also enjoy writing about philosophy and science for a general audience. My writing has recently been featured at aeon.co.
Email contact: mail[at]haydenkee.com