Biography

I obtained a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy from Oxford. I taught at the universities of Oxford and Munich before coming to UEA. I have been a Heisenberg Research Reader, Golestan Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Central European Institute for Advanced Study / Collegium Budapest. Please go to the next tab to read about my research.

Website: http://eastanglia.academia.edu/EugenFischer

All Publications

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Fischer, E.

(2015)

Mind the Metaphor! : A Systematic Fallacy in Analogical Reasoning

in Analysis

75.

pp. 67-77

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E., Collins, J.

(2015)

Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism : Rethinking Philosophical Method

Routledge

ISBN 978-1-13-888728-2

UEA Repository

(Book)


Fischer, E., Collins, J.

(2015)

Rationalism and Naturalism in the Age of Experimental Philosophy

In: Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism and Naturalism : Rethinking Philosophical Method.

Routledge

ISBN 978-1-13-888728-2

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Fischer, E., Engelhardt, P., Herbelot, A.

(2015)

Intuitions and Illusions : From Explanation and Experiment to Assessment

In: Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism and Naturalism : Rethinking Philosophical Method.

Routledge

ISBN 978-1-13-888728-2

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Fischer, E.

(2014)

Philosophical intuitions, heuristics, and metaphors

in Synthese

191.

pp. 569-606

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2014)

Verbal Fallacies and Philosophical Intuitions : The Continuing Relevance of Ordinary Language Philosophy

In: J.L. Austin on Language.

Palgrave MacMillan

pp. 124-140

ISBN 9781137329981

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Fischer, E.

(2014)

Paradox-Psychologie : Kognitive Epistemologie und Philosophische Problemaufloesung

In: Die Experimentelle Philosophie in der Diskussion.

Suhrkamp

pp. 322-349

ISBN 978-3-518-29694-3

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Fischer, E.

(2014)

Messing Up the Mind? : Analogical Reasoning with Metaphors

In: Systematic Approaches to Argument by Analogy.

Springer

pp. 129-148

ISBN 978-3-319-06333-1

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Fischer, E.

(2013)

Intuitions, Heuristics, and Metaphors : Extending Cognitive Epistemology

In: What May We Believe? What Ought We To Do? : Selected Papers Contributed to the 8th International Congress of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy.

DuEPublico

pp. 324-340

(Conference contribution)


Fischer, E.

(2012)

Through Pictures to Problems : Cognitive Epistemology and Therapeutic Philosophy

In: Contexts, Values, Disagreement.

Ontos

pp. 475-492

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Fischer, E.

(2011)

Diseases of the Understanding and the Need for Philosophical Therapy

in Philosophical Investigations

34.

pp. 22-54

UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2011)

How to Practice Philosophy as Therapy: Philosophical Therapy and Therapeutic Philosophy

in Metaphilosophy

42.

pp. 49-82

UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2011)

Philosophical Delusion and Its Therapy: Outline of a Philosophical Revolution

Routledge

ISBN 9780415331791

UEA Repository

(Book)


Fischer, E.

(2009)

Philosophical Pictures and Secondary Qualities

in Synthese

171.

pp. 77-110

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2009)

Philosophical Pictures and the Birth of 'the Mind'

in Language and World, Pre-proceedings of the 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium

17.

UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2009)

Therapie als philosophisches Projekt

In: Wittgenstein-Philosophie als Arbiet and Einem selbst.

Munich: Fink

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Fischer, E.

(2008)

Wittgenstein's 'Non-Cognitivism' - Explained and Vindicated

in Synthese

162 (1).

pp. 53-84

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2006)

Philosophical Pictures

in Synthese

148 (2).

pp. 469-501

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fischer, E.

(2006)

Therapy Instead of Theory. The Big Typescript as Key to Wittgenstein's Later Conception of Philosophy

In: Wittgensteins 'große Maschinenschrift'.

Lang

pp. 31-59

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Fischer, E.

(2005)

Austin on Sense-Data: Ordinary Language Analysis as 'Therapy'

in Grazer Philosophische Studien

70.

pp. 67-99

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

My current research focuses on philosophical intuitions: intuitions which are used as evidence for philosophical theories or engender philosophical paradoxes and problems. In collaboration with colleagues from psychology, computational linguistics, and computer science, I am pursuing an interdisciplinary research programme that is currently emerging from experimental philosophy: The ‘sources project’ seeks to develop psychological explanations of philosophical intuitions that help us assess their evidentiary value. I study intuitions at the root of classical paradoxes about the mind and perception. I am particularly interested in the role of (a) stereotypes and (b) analogy and metaphor, in automatic cognition.

My recent and forthcoming papers on the topic include:

  • Eugen Fischer and Paul Engelhardt: Intuitions' linguistic sources: stereotypes, intuitions, and illusions, forthcoming in: Mind and Language
  • Eugen Fischer, Paul Engelhardt, and Aurelie Herbelot: Intuitions and illusions. From explanation to assessment. In E Fischer & J Collins (eds.): Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism. Rethinking Philosophical Method. Routledge 2015
  • Mind the metaphor! A systematic fallacy in analogical reasoning. Analysis 2015
  • Philosophical Intuitions, Heuristics, and Metaphors. Synthese 2014

The second focus of my work is on therapeutic aims and methods in philosophy, and on when and why they need to complement familiar forms of philosophical argument and analysis. In particular, I have developed some meta-philosophical and methodological ideas first mooted by Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin, with the help of findings from cognitive psychology and concepts from cognitive psychotherapy. This line of research has redeveloped the notions of ‘philosophical problem-dissolution’ and ‘therapeutic philosophy’ within a post-linguistic paradigm. Major publications include:

  • Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy. Outline of a Philosophical Revolution, Routledge 2011 (Paperback 2013)
  • How to Practice Philosophy as Therapy: Philosophical Therapy and Therapeutic Philosophy, Metaphilosophy 42 (2011), 49-82
  • Diseases of the Understanding and the Need for Philosophical Therapy, Philosophical Investigations 34 (2011), 22-54
  • Wittgenstein’s Non-Cognitivism – Explained and Vindicated, Synthese 162 (2008), 53-84
  • Austin on Sense-Data: Ordinary Language Analysis as ‘Therapy’, Grazer Philosophische Studien 70 (2005), 67-99

I have also done some exegetical work on Wittgenstein. I am co-editor (with Severin Schroeder) of the monograph series “Wittgenstein’s Thought and Legacy” (Routledge) and of the collection: Erich Ammereller & Eugen Fischer (eds.): Wittgenstein at Work. Method in the “Philosophical Investigations”. Routledge 2004 (Paperback 2010).

I am happy to supervise work on any of these and directly related topics.

At UEA I am a member of the Wittgenstein Research Centre and the Philosophy and Cognitive Science Group. Click here for my homepage

Teaching Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of psychology
  • Philosophy of philosophy (epistemology and methodology of philosophy)
  • Classical Empiricists
  • Wittgenstein

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Eugen Fischer has been a Golestan Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, NIAS, 2005/2006, a Senior Research Fellow at Collegium Budapest/Institute for Advanced Research, 2006/2007, and has held a Heisenberg Research Readership of the German Research Council from 2005 to 2009.
  • Member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Peer Review College 2007-10, reviewer for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Croatian Science Foundation, and Swiss National Science Foundation..
  • Referee for the Oxford University Press, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and various international journals, including Dialectica, Erkenntnis, Inquiry, Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Mind, Philosophia, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Philosophical Explorations, Philosophical Investigations, and Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung

Key Responsibilities

  • Research Director, Philosophy
  • Ethics Officer, PPL
  • Director of Postgraduate Research (2014/15)
  • Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the School of Philosophy (2008-14)