Axel Seemann

  • Professor, Philosophy
  • Ph.D. London School of Economics
  • MSc London School of Economics
  • MA Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Mind; Social Philosophy;

Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind; Social Philosophy;

Bio

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.

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Loneliness & Social Isolation in Mental Health
  • 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
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Seemann, A. (2019). Reminiscing Together. Synthese, (196) 12 4813-4828. 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). Why We Did It: An Anscombian Approach to Collective Action Explanation. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, (17) 5 637 - 655.
  • Seemann, A. (2009). Joint Agency: Intersubjectivity, Sense of Control, and the Feeling of Trust. Inquiry, (52) 2 500-515.
  • Seemann, A. (2008). Person Perception. Philosophical Explorations, (11) 3 245 - 262.
  • Seemann, A. (2007). Collective Knowledge and the 'We'-Perspective. Social Epistemology, (21) 3 217 - 230. (Link)
  • Seemann, A. (2007). Strategy: Rationality, Intuition, and Accountability. Philosophy of Management, (6) 1 123 - 134. (Link)
  • Seemann, A. (2007). Rational Trust: Interview with Onora O'Neill. Philosophy of Management, (6) 2 3-8.
  • Seemann, A. (2004). Lifeworld, Discourse, and Realism: on Juergen Habermas's theory of truth. Philosophy and Social Criticism, (30) 4 503 - 514.
  • Seemann, A. (). An Externalist Theory of Social Understanding: Interaction, Psychological Models, and the Frame Problem. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. Forthcoming.

    Books


  • Seemann, A. (2019). The Shared World: Perceptual Common Knowledge, Demonstrative Communication, and Social Space. MIT Press (Link)
  • Seemann, A. (2012). Joint Attention: New Developments. 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 Forthcoming.
  • Seemann, A. (2013). Joint Attention and Social Cognition In Byron Kaldis, (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. London: Sage Forthcoming.
  • Seemann, A. (2012). Joint Attention: Towards a Relational Account In Axel Seemann, (Eds.) Joint Attention: New Developments. 183 - 202. Cambridge MA: MIT Press Forthcoming.
  • 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. 45 - 58. Frankfurt: Ontos Forthcoming.
  • Frederick, R. E., Seemann, A. (2008). Rationality In Robert W. Kolb, (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications

  • Presentations

  • Seemann, A. (2021). “An Externalist Solution to the Problem of Common Knowledge” Presented at the University College London Common Knowledge, Common Ground, and Context in Communication London UK
  • Seemann, A. (2020). “What Do We Mean By "Loneliness"?” Presented at the University College London Meeting of the "Loneliness and Isolation in Mental Health Network" London UK
  • Seemann, A. (2018). “Joint Perception, Social Space, and the Limits of the Self” Presented at the"Open Self" Conference Technical University of Berlin
  • Seemann, A. (2018). “The Spatial Structure of Demonstrative Communication” Presented at the University of Milan "Communication and Cooperation" Milan
  • Seemann, A. (2018). “The Public Nature of Perceptual Evidence” Presented at the Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences Valente Research Seminar Waltham, MA
  • Seemann, A. (2017). “Perspective-Taking and the Social Spatial Framework” Presented at the Queen Mary University Joint Action Meeting London, UK
  • Seemann, A. (2016). “Joint Experience, Demonstrative Reference, and Spatial Perception” Presented at the University of London ICOG 3 London, UK
  • Seemann, A. (2015). “Joint Action, Joint Attention, Joint Experience” Presented at the European University Joint Action Meeting Budapest, Hungary
  • Seemann, A. (2015). “Pointing and Demonstrative Reference” Presented at the University of Connecticut Pointing and Gestural Communication
  • Seemann, A. (2014). “Joint Attention and the Self-Other Distinction” Presented at the University of Lisbon Self and the Social Lisbon, Portugal
  • Seemann, A. (2014). “Collective Consciousness and the Biology Constraint” Presented at the Bristol University Collectivity Bristol, UK
  • Seemann, A. (2014). “The Phenomenology of Face-to-Face Encounters” Presented at the University of Arizona, Tucson Towards a Science of Consciousness Tucson
  • Seemann, A. (2014). “Groups, Explanation, and Collective Understanding” Presented at the University of Copenhagen Thinking About Groups Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Seemann, A. (2013). “Joint Attention: A New Approach” Presented at the Gujarat Institute of Technology Cognition, Emotion, and Action Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Seemann, A. (2013). “The Role of Understanding in Demonstrative Reference” Presented at the UC Berkeley Social Ontology Seminar Berkeley CA
  • Seemann, A. (2012). “Against Sharing: Intersubjectivity and Cross-Creature Embodiment” Presented at the University of Manchester Collective Intentionality VIII Manchester UK
  • Seemann, A. (2012). “Against Sharing: Intersubjectivity and Cross-Creature Embodiment” Presented at the University of Ankara Minds, Bodies, Problems Ankara, Turkey
  • Seemann, A. (2011). “Perceptual Experience and the Study of What There Is” Presented at the Shalem Center Psycho-Ontology Jerusalem
  • Seemann, A. (2011). “Mental Sharing, Cross-Creature Embodiment, and Mirror Neurons” Presented at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Neuroscience Satellite Kyoto
  • Seemann, A. (2011). “Joint Action: A Perception-based Approach” Presented at the University of Vienna Joint Action Meeting Vienna
  • Seemann, A. (2011). “The Social Dimension of Perceptual Experience” Presented at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Annual Meeting Kyoto
  • Seemann, A. (2010). “From Feeling Perception to Joint Action: The Case for Social Externalism” Presented at the University of Basel Collective Intentionality VII
  • Seemann, A. (2010). “Intersubjectivity, Co-Operation, and Moral Agency” Presented at the University of Salamanca Ethics and Emotions
  • Seemann, A. (2010). “Narratives, Selves, and Common Cause Experiences” Presented at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
  • Seemann, A. (2010). “Gaze Following, Mirror Neurons, and Attentional Capture” Presented at the Duke University, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Research Meeting Durham, NC
  • Seemann, A. (2010). “Neuroscience: Affectivity, Adaptivity, and Learning in Organizations”
  • Seemann, A. (2009). “The Evaluative Dimension of Self-Awareness”
  • Seemann, A. (2009). “Narrative, Causation, and Action Explanation”
  • Seemann, A. (2009). “The Other Person in Joint Attention” Presented at theJoint Attention: Developments in Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Bentley University, Waltham, MA
  • Seemann, A. (2009). “Sources of Trust: Feelings, Reasons, and the Participant Stance” Presented at theEthics and Politics Without Borders: The Work of Onora O'Neill British Academy, London
  • Seemann, A. (2008). “Collectivity, Action, and Feelings” Presented at theCollective Intentionality VI Berkeley, CA
  • Seemann, A. (2007). “Action, Intention, and Narrative” Presented at theNarrative Alternatives to Theories of Mind University of Hertfordshire
  • Seemann, A. (2007). “Joint Attention and Group Membership” Presented at thePhilosophy of Management St. Anne's College, Oxford
  • Seemann, A. (2007). “Joint Attention and Action” Presented at theSocial Ontology Seminar Berkeley, CA
  • Seemann, A. (2007). “Joint Attention, Affective Perception, and Trust” Presented at theUnderstanding Other Minds and Moral Agency College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA
  • Seemann, A. (2006). “Collective Knowledge and the 'We'-Perspective” Presented at theSeminar on Social Ontology Berkeley, CA
  • Seemann, A. (2006). “Meanings of 'We'” Presented at theWollheim Society Berkeley, CA
  • Seemann, A. (2005). “Brand Names, Sense, and Reference” Presented at thePhilosophy of Management 05 Oxford
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Sabbatical Committee 2020 - Present
  • Assurance of Learning Champion for Bentley University 2016 - 2019
  • LSM Advisor 2014 - 2019
  • Champion! for Assurance of Learning 2017 - 2018
  • Major/Minor Advisor 2016 - 2017
  • Interim Department Chair for Bentley University 2016 - 2016
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for PhD Council 2020 - Present
  • Department Chair for Philosophy Department 2020 - Present
  • PhD Council Committee: Academic Standards 2019 - 2019
  • PhD Council 2018 - 2019
  • Salary&Benefits 2017 - 2019
  • Member for University Senate 2017 - 2019
  • Committee Member for Academic Standards - 2015
  • Task Force Member for Honors Programme 2011 - 2011
  • Advisory Board, Valente Center 2007 - 2011
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2021 - 2021
  • Conference Organisation Committee 2020 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Consciousness Studies 2020 - 2020
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 2020 - 2020
  • 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