I am a Canadian philosopher with interests in the philosophy of mind and language, broadly construed. I am especially 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 work has recently been featured in European Journal of Philosophy, Synthese, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. I completed my doctoral studies at Fordham University in New York, where I currently hold an Alumni Dissertation Fellowship.
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 will appear soon in Philosophy East and West.
Email contact: hkee[at]fordham.edu