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 Reader. This website is devoted to his philosophical interests.
His philosophical research focuses on Kant’s transcendental idealism, its interpretation and its contemporary relevance for our understanding of reality and the notion of self. Particular areas of interest are: Kant’s understanding of space, transcendental freedom, the in-itself, the self, schematism. An area of ongoing interest is Kant’s ethics, with a particular focus upon the derivation and formulation of the Categorical Imperative, and the ground of ethics.
In addressing problems raised by Kant’s claims, he is interested in drawing upon the tradition which extends from Kierkegaard to Existential Phenomenology (Heidegger, Sartre)
He has written on the nature of consciousness, arguing for a shift to a transcendental perspective as the only way of making sense of the most plausible accounts of phenomenal consciousness. More generally, he is working on a theory of consciousness and its relation to the world that shows the place of the transcendental perspective in an understanding of the possibility of self-consciousness worldliness.
Chris Onof is a member of the editorial board and co-founder of the journal Episteme (Cambridge University Press). He is Area Editor for 18th Century German Philosophy at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and on the Steering Committee of Transcendental Philosophy Research and Critique. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Kant Studies Online, and Assessing Editor of the Journal of Mind and Behavior.