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Axel Seemann

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., London School of Economics, 2000
MSc, London School of Economics, 1996
MA, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, 1993
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Axel Seemann is interested in questions that arise in the broad context of social cognition. In particular, he is working on the notions of joint attention and action. Before coming to Bentley, Axel was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. He worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and used to be a television journalist in Berlin.

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Mind; Social Philosophy;

Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind; Social Philosophy;

Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association

Awards and Honors

2011, Visiting Research Fellowship, King's College London
2009, Valente Research Fellowship, Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences
2009, Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Hertfordshire
2009, Conference Grant, National Science Foundation
2004, Research Grant, The Boston Consulting Group
1999, Visiting Scholarship, UC Berkeley
1998, Graduate Studentship, British Academy
1996, Graduate Studentship, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung


Journal Article(s)
Seemann, A. Rational Trust: Interview with Onora O'Neill. Philosophy of Management, 6 (2006) (2). Forthcoming

Seemann, A. (2011). The Role of Joint Experience in Historical Narratives. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 5 (2), 201-229.

Seemann, A. (2011). Joint Motor Action and Cross-Creature Embodiment. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2 (2), 279-301.

Seemann, A. (2010). The Other Person in Joint Attention: A Relational Approach. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 17 (5-6), 161-182.

Seemann, A. (2009). Joint Agency: Intersubjectivity, Sense of Control, and the Feeling of Trust. Inquiry, 52 (2), 500-515. Forthcoming

Seemann, A. (2009). Why We Did It: An Anscombian Approach to Collective Action Explanation. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 17 (5), 637 - 655. Forthcoming

Seemann, A. (2008). Person Perception. Philosophical Explorations, 11 (3), 245 - 262. Forthcoming

Seemann, A. (2007). Strategy: Rationality, Intuition, and Accountability. Philosophy of Management, 6 (1), 123 - 134. (link)

Seemann, A. (2007). Collective Knowledge and the 'We'-Perspective. Social Epistemology, 21 (3), 217 - 230. (link)

Seemann, A. (2004). Lifeworld, Discourse, and Realism: on Juergen Habermas's theory of truth. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 30 (4), 503 - 514.

Edited Volumes
Seemann, A. (Ed.). (2012). Joint Attention: New Developments.  (pp. 350). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Book Chapters
Seemann, A. (2013). Social Cognition, Social Reality, and Social Science. In Byron Kaldis (Eds.), Mind & Society. Dordrecht: . Springer Synthese Series

Seemann, A. (2013). Joint Attention and Social Cognition. In Byron Kaldis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. London: . Sage

Seemann, A. (2012). Joint Attention: Towards a Relational Account. In Axel Seemann (Eds.), Joint Attention: New Developments (pp. 183 - 202). Cambridge MA: . MIT Press

Seemann, A. (2011). The Evaluative Dimension of Self-Awareness. In Keith Lehrer, Anita Konzelmann-Ziv, Hans-Bernhard Schmid (Eds.), Self-Evaluation: Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality (pp. 45 - 58). Frankfurt: . Ontos

Frederick, R. E, Seemann, A. (2008). Rationality. In Robert W. Kolb (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. Thousand Oaks, California: . Sage Publications

Conference Presentations

Seemann, A. (2015). "Pointing and Demonstrative Reference." Presented at the University of Connecticut's Pointing and Gestural Communication.

Seemann, A. (2014). "Collective Consciousness and the Biology Constraint." Presented at the Bristol University's Collectivity, Bristol, UK.

Seemann, A. (2014). "Groups, Explanation, and Collective Understanding." Presented at the University of Copenhagen's Thinking About Groups, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Seemann, A. (2014). "The Phenomenology of Face-to-Face Encounters." Presented at the University of Arizona, Tucson's Towards a Science of Consciousness, Tucson .

Seemann, A. (2014). "Joint Attention and the Self-Other Distinction." Presented at the University of Lisbon's Self and the Social, Lisbon, Portugal.

Seemann, A. (2013). "Joint Attention: A New Approach." Presented at the Gujarat Institute of Technology's Cognition, Emotion, and Action, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Seemann, A. (2013). "The Role of Understanding in Demonstrative Reference." Presented at the UC Berkeley's Social Ontology Seminar, Berkeley CA.

Seemann, A. (2012). "Against Sharing: Intersubjectivity and Cross-Creature Embodiment." Presented at the University of Manchester's Collective Intentionality VIII, Manchester UK.

Seemann, A. (2012). "Against Sharing: Intersubjectivity and Cross-Creature Embodiment." Presented at the University of Ankara's Minds, Bodies, Problems, Ankara, Turkey.

Seemann, A. (2011). "The Social Dimension of Perceptual Experience." Presented at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness's Annual Meeting, Kyoto.

Seemann, A. (2011). "Joint Action: A Perception-based Approach." Presented at the University of Vienna's Joint Action Meeting, Vienna.

Seemann, A. (2011). "Mental Sharing, Cross-Creature Embodiment, and Mirror Neurons." Presented at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness's Neuroscience Satellite, Kyoto.

Seemann, A. (2011). "Perceptual Experience and the Study of What There Is." Presented at the Shalem Center 's Psycho-Ontology, Jerusalem.

Seemann, A. (2010). "From Feeling Perception to Joint Action: The Case for Social Externalism." Presented at the University of Basel's Collective Intentionality VII.

Seemann, A. (2010). "Intersubjectivity, Co-Operation, and Moral Agency." Presented at the University of Salamanca's Ethics and Emotions.

Seemann, A. (2010). "Narratives, Selves, and Common Cause Experiences." Presented at the American Philosophical Association's Pacific Division Meeting.

Seemann, A. (2010). "Gaze Following, Mirror Neurons, and Attentional Capture." Presented at the Duke University, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience's Research Meeting, Durham, NC.

Seemann, A. (2010). "Neuroscience: Affectivity, Adaptivity, and Learning in Organizations."

Seemann, A. (2009). "Sources of Trust: Feelings, Reasons, and the Participant Stance." Presented at the Ethics and Politics Without Borders: The Work of Onora O'Neill, British Academy, London.

Seemann, A. (2009). "The Other Person in Joint Attention." Presented at the Joint Attention: Developments in Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and, Bentley University, Waltham, MA.

Seemann, A. (2009). "Narrative, Causation, and Action Explanation."

Seemann, A. (2009). "The Evaluative Dimension of Self-Awareness."

Seemann, A. (2008). "Collectivity, Action, and Feelings." Presented at the Collective Intentionality VI, Berkeley, CA.

Seemann, A. (2007). "Action, Intention, and Narrative." Presented at the Narrative Alternatives to Theories of Mind, University of Hertfordshire.

Seemann, A. (2007). "Joint Attention and Group Membership." Presented at the Philosophy of Management, St. Anne's College, Oxford.

Seemann, A. (2007). "Joint Attention and Action." Presented at the Social Ontology Seminar, Berkeley, CA.

Seemann, A. (2007). "Joint Attention, Affective Perception, and Trust." Presented at the Understanding Other Minds and Moral Agency, College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA.

Seemann, A. (2006). "Collective Knowledge and the 'We'-Perspective." Presented at the Seminar on Social Ontology, Berkeley, CA.

Seemann, A. (2006). "Meanings of 'We'." Presented at the Wollheim Society, Berkeley, CA.

Seemann, A. (2005). "Brand Names, Sense, and Reference." Presented at the Philosophy of Management 05, Oxford.


University Service
Committee Member for Academic Standards - Present
Task Force Member for Honors Programme, 2011 - 2011
Advisory Board, Valente Center, 2007 - 2011

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal Article for Human Development - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Consciousness Studies - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for New Ideas in Psychology - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Philosophical Psychology - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Review of Philosophy and Psychology - 2014