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Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld BA Oxford, MPhil Cambridge, PhD Vienna


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Genia Schönbaumsfeld is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton who specializes in Wittgenstein, Epistemology, Kierkegaard and the Philosophy of Religion.

Before coming to Southampton, Genia Schönbaumsfeld studied Philosophy at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Vienna. Genia has been a Visiting Fellow at New College, Oxford and a Visiting Professor at the University of Regensburg. From 2003-06 she held a ‘Hertha Firnberg’ research fellowship at the University of Vienna, awarded by the Austrian Science Fund.

She is the author of A Confusion of the Spheres – Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion (OUP 2007) and of The Illusion of Doubt (2016). Currently, she is working on a book on Wittgenstein’s conception of religion for Cambridge University Press as well as on a new research project aiming to bring Kierkegaard’s philosophy into dialogue with mainstream epistemology.

Genia is Associate Editor of Philosophical Investigations and Editorial Board member of Anthem Studies in Wittgenstein

Research interests

Genia has recently completed a book on scepticism called The Illusion of Doubt (OUP 2016). The book is the subject of a forthcoming symposium in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. Genia’s other research interests include Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard and the philosophy of religion, and she has published extensively in all of these areas. A Confusion of the Spheres – Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion, which came out in 2007 (and in 2010 as a paperback) is currently being translated into Farsi.

Genia is working on two new projects. The first is a book on Wittgenstein’s philosophy of religion for Cambridge University Press, the second is a project that aims to bring Kierkegaardian insights about the existential dimension of doubt into dialogue with contemporary virtue epistemology.

PhD Supervision

Genia is an experienced PhD supervisor and welcomes applications from students seeking to work on scepticism, Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard or the philosophy of religion.

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Affiliate research groups

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology, Wittgenstein and Early Analytic Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/1061

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