Karsten R. Stueber


Philosophy Department

Ph.D., University of Tübingen

Fields:  Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of social science, meta-ethics, and Wittgenstein

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Email: kstueber@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-3395
Office: Smith 524
PO Box: 0137A
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Karsten Stueber is well-known internationally for his scholarship on empathy and has widely published in the areas of philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, the philosophy of the social sciences, and meta-ethics. At the moment, he is particularly interested in exploring the role of empathy for the foundations of morality.


Most Recent Release

Ethical Sentimentalism:
New Perspectives

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 7, 2017)



Rediscovering Empathy:
Agency, Folk, Psychology and the Human Sciences

Publisher:A Bradford Book (August 13, 2010)

Empathy & Agency:
The Problem of Understaning In The Human Sciences

Publisher:Westview Press (December 15, 1999)

Debating Dispositions:
Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind

Publisher: De Gruyter; 1 edition (December 10, 2009)

Other Languages






Donald Davidsons Theorie sprachlichen Verstehens
Publisher: Anton Hain Verlag; 1st edition (1993), Language: German     

Philosophie der Skepsis
Publisher: UTB, Stuttgart (September 1, 1996),  Language: German

( Italian translation of "Rediscovering Empathy")
Publisher: Il Mulino 

Important Articles

“Smithian Constructivism: Elucidating the Reality of the Normative Domain,” in Moral Sentimentalism, co-edited by R. Debes and K. Stueber (Cambridge University Press 2017), 192-209.

“The Cognitive Function of Narratives,” Journal of the Philosophy of History 9 (2015), 393-409.

“The Causal Autonomy of Reason Explanations and How not to Worry about Causal Deviance,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (2013), 24-45.

“Varieties of Empathy, Neuroscience and the Narrativist Challenge to the Contemporary Theory of Mind Debate,” in Emotion Review 4 (2012), 55-63.

“Understanding vs. Explanation? How to Think about the Difference between the Human and the Natural Sciences,” in Inquiry 55 (2012), 17-32.

“Imagination, Empathy, and Moral Deliberation: The Case of Imaginative Resistance,” in Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (2011), Spindel Supplement, 156-180.

“Reasons, Generalizations, Empathy, and Narratives: The Epistemic Structure of Action Explanation,” in History and Theory 47 (2008): 31-43.

"Empathy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,  Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/empathy/>.  First published March 2008

"Mental Causation and the Paradox of Explanation," in Philosophical Studies 122 (2005): 243-277.

“How to Think about Rules and Rule-Following,” in  Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (2005): 307-323.

“The Psychological Basis of Historical Explanation: Reenactment, Simulation, and the Fusion of Horizons,” in History and Theory 21 (2002): 25-42. (Reprinted in The Philosophy of Social Science Reader, edited by F. Guala and D. Steele (London: Routledge, 2010)).

“The Problem of Self-Knowledge,” in Erkenntnis 56 (2002): 269-296.

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  • Philosophical Inquiries
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Logic and Language  
  • Foundations of Ethics 
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Seminars: Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Moral Psychology; The Nature of Morality; Narrative, History, and Agenc

Lecture on Polarizing Disagreement

CREC Lecture On Adam Smith