Dan Zahavi in Copenhagen, 2014
6 November 1967|
Dan Zahavi was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and initially studied philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. He obtained his PhD in 1994 from the Husserl Archives at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, with Rudolf Bernet as his doctoral supervisor. In 1999 he defended his Danish Disputats (Habilitation) at the University of Copenhagen. In 2002, at the age of 34, he became Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen.
Zahavi writes on phenomenology (especially the philosophy of Edmund Husserl) and philosophy of mind. In his writings, he has dealt extensively with topics such as self, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity and social cognition. He is co-editor of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Zahavi's work has been translated into 25 languages.
Zahavi is the author of a number of books, including:
- Intentionalität und Konstitution: Eine Einführung in Husserls Logische Untersuchungen. Museum Tusculanum Press 1992.
- Husserl und die transzendentale Intersubjektivität. Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996. (Translated into English)
- Self-awareness and Alterity. Northwestern University Press 1999.
- Husserl's Phenomenology. Stanford University Press 2003. (Translated into Danish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Croatian, Persian).
- Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the first-person perspective. MIT Press 2005. (Translated into Chinese)
- Phänomenologie für Einsteiger. Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2007. (Translated into Icelandic, Danish, Japanese)
- The Phenomenological Mind (with Shaun Gallagher). Routledge 2008. (Translated into Hungarian, Danish, Italian, Japanese, Korean)
- The Phenomenological Mind. 2nd Edition (with Shaun Gallagher). Routledge 2012. (Translated into Spanish, Polish)
- Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame. Oxford University Press 2014.
Zahavi is also the editor of more than 10 volumes, including:
- The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology. Oxford University Press 2012.
Honors and awards
Zahavi has received a number of honors and awards, including:
- The Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology (2000)
- The Silver Medal from the Danish Royal Society of Sciences and Letters (2000)
- Elected member of Institut International de Philosophie in 2001
- The Elite Research Prize of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2006). The award is given to outstanding young researchers of the highest international standard, which have made an extraordinary contribution to strengthen Danish research.
- Elected member of the Danish Royal Society of Sciences and Letters in 2007
- The Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize (2011) from the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. The prize was awarded in connection with the 200 year anniversary of brewer J.C. Jacobsen, founder of the Carlsberg Breweries and the Carlsberg Foundation.
- The second revised edition of The Phenomenological Mind was selected by Choice as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title.
- The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs’ Humanities Research Award (2013)
- Appointed Honorary President of The Nordic Society for Phenomenology (2014)