Stephen Watson


Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-7284

Offices: 317 Malloy Hall
Office Hours: T, TH 2:15-3:15; and by appointment


Ph.D. Duquesne 

Areas of Interest

Contemporary Continental Thought, 19th Century Philosophy, Aesthetics



  • ‘Crescent Moon Over the Rational’: Philosophical Interpretations of Paul Klee (2009)
  • In the Shadow of Phenomenology: Writings After Merleau-Ponty I (2009)
  • Phenomenology, Institution and History: Writings After Merleau-Ponty II (2009)
  • Ipseity and Alterity: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intersubjectivity , coeditor (2004)
  • Tradition(s) II: Hermeneutics, Ethics and the Dispensation of the Good (2001)
  • Tradition(s): Refiguring Community and Virtue in Classical German Thought (1997)
  • Reinterpreting the Political: Continental Philosophy and Political Theory,coeditor (1998)
  • Phenomenology, Interpretation, and Community, coeditor, (1996)
  • Transitions in Continental Philosophy, coeditor, (1994)
  • Extensions: Essays on Interpretation, Rationality, and the Closure of Modernism (1992)


Recent and Forthcoming Articles:


  • “Montaigne’s Of Cruelty and the Emergence of Hermeneutic and Intercultural Modernity: Three Rival Readings (Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Horkheimer,” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Special Supplement on Intercultural Hermeneutics), (forthcoming).
  • “On the Metamorphoses of Transcendental Reduction:” Merleau-Ponty and the Adventure of Constitutive Analysis”, in Essays in Honor of Jacques Taminiaux ed. Vernique Foti et al. (Berlin: Springer, forthcoming).
  • “Van Gogh and the Absence of the Work: Remarks on a Hermeneutic Itinerary” in Van Gogh Among the Philosophers, ed. David Nichols (New York: Lexington, forthcoming)
  • “Philosophy is Also an Architecture of Signs”: On Merleau-Ponty and Cavaillès, Research in Phenomenology, Vol 46, 2016.
  • “Cassirer, Heidegger, the Narratives of Art and the Art of Narrative”, Cassirer Studies IV 2013.
  • “Reading the Barbarous Source: Merleau-Ponty’s Structural History and Schelling,” The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling , and the Question of Nature, ed. J. Wirth, P. Burke (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013).
  • “The Sublime Continuum: On Klee’s Cosmic Simultaneities,” Paul Klee Exibition Catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art ed. John Sallis  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).