Chris Onof holds an MA and a PhD in philosophy from Birkbeck College and University College London respectively. He also studied Mathematics and Engineering, and holds a PhD from Imperial College London where he is currently employed as Senior Lecturer.
His current philosophical research focuses on Kant’s transcendental idealism, and its contemporary relevance for our understanding of reality and the notion of self. This interest is reflected in his arguing for a shift to a transcendental perspective as the only way of making sense of the most plausible accounts of phenomenal consciousness suggested by naturalism (property dualism, neutral monism). This is supplemented by research into the contribution existential phenomenology can make to an understanding of the relation of consciousness and world, particularly when interpreted transcendentally.
The central role of practice in this relation relates to another area of research, Kantian ethics. His interests lie in particular in the interpretative issues raised by the Formula of Universal Law, as well as the role of a broadly Kierkegaardian notion of faith in grounding ethics.
Chris Onof is a member of the editorial board of and is co-founder of the journal Episteme. He is Area Editor for 18th Century German Philosophy at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Kant Studies Online, and Assessing Editor of the Journal of Mind and Behavior.
He is co-convenor of the forthcoming ‘After Kant. Beyond Idealism and Naturalism’ conference, to be held in London in February 2011.