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Department of Philosophy


Professor Matthew Ratcliffe, BA, MPhil, PhD

Professor/Dir of Research in the Department of Philosophy
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46560


Durham to Vienna:

I will be leaving Durham University in late March 2015, to take up the Professorship in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Email address:

M.J.Ratcliffe 'at' (until 24th March 2015)

matthew.ratcliffe 'at' (from 25th March 2015)

Research Groups

  • Applied Phenomenology


Books: authored

Books: edited

  • Ratcliffe, M. & Stephan, A. (2014). Depression, Emotion and the Self. Exeter: Imprint Academic. Also published as a special double issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies (20/7-8) in 2013.
  • Atkinson, A. P. & Ratcliffe, M. (2012). Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness. Emotion Review 4/2 (special issue based on an AHRC-funded project).
  • Ratcliffe, M. & Gallagher, S. (2008). Situated Cognition: Perspectives from Phenomenology and Science. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16/3 (special issue).
  • Hutto, D.D. & Ratcliffe, M. (2007). Folk Psychology Reassessed. Dordrecht: Springer.

Books: sections

  • Ratcliffe, M. (2015). Existential Feeling and Narrative. In Funktionen des Lebendigen. Breyer, T. & Mueller, O. Berlin: De Gruyter. (in press).
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2015). How is Perceptual Experience Possible? The Phenomenology of Presence and the Nature of Hallucination. In Normativity in Perception: Phenomenological, Analytical and Psychopathological Perspectives. Breyer, T. & Doyon, M. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (in press).
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2015). Relating to the Dead: Social Cognition and the Phenomenology of Grief. In The Phenomenology of Sociality: Discovering the 'We'. Moran, D. & Szanto, T. London: Routledge. (forthcoming).
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2014). Evaluating Existential Despair. In Emotion and Value. Roeser, S. & Todd, C. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 229-246.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2014). The Structure of Interpersonal Experience. In Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity. Moran, D. & Jensen, R. Dordrecht: Springer. 221-238.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2013). Delusional Atmosphere and the Sense of Unreality. In One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology. Stanghellini, G. & Fuchs, T. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 229-244.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2013). Depression and the Phenomenology of Free Will. In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Fulford, K. W. M., Davies, M., Graham, G., Sadler, J., Stanghellini, G. & Thornton, T. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 574-591.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2013). Some Husserlian Reflections on the Contents of Experience. In Philosophical Methodology. Haug, M. London: Routledge. 353-378.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2013). Touch and the Sense of Reality. In The Hand: An Organ of the Mind. Radman, Z. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. 131-157.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2013). Why Mood Matters. In Cambridge Companion to Being and Time. Wrathall, M. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 157-176.
  • Ratcliffe, M. & Broome, M. (2012). Existential Phenomenology, Psychiatric Illness and the Death of Possibilities. In Cambridge Companion to Existentialism. Crowell, S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 361-382.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2012). The Phenomenology of Existential Feeling. In The Feeling of Being Alive. Marienberg, S. & Fingerhut, J. Berlin: de Gruyter. 23-54.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2012). There can be no Cognitive Science of Dasein. In Heidegger and Cognitive Science. Wheeler, M. & Kiverstein, J. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 135-156.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2010). Delusional Atmosophere and Delusional Belief. In Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science. Gallagher, S. & Schmicking, D. Dordrecht: Springer. 575-590.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2010). The Phenomenology and Neurobiology of Moods and Emotions. In Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science. Gallagher, S. & Schmicking, D. Dordrecht: Springer. 123-140.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2010). The Phenomenology of Mood and the Meaning of Life. In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Goldie, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 349-371.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2009). Understanding Existential Changes in Psychiatric Illness: The Indispensability of Phenomenology. In Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience. Broome, M. & Bortolotti, L. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 223-244.
  • Ratcliffe M. (2007). From Folk Psychology to Commonsense. In Folk Psychology Reassessed. Hutto D.D. & Ratcliffe M. Dordrecht: Springer. 223-243.
  • Ratcliffe, M. & Hutto, D.D. (2007). Introduction. In Folk Psychology Reassessed. Hutto, D.D. & Ratcliffe, M. Dordrecht: Springer. 1-22.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2006). Function. In The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia. Sarkar, S. & Pfeifer, J. Routledge. 315-322.
  • Ratcliffe M. (2006). Neurotheology: A Science of What?. In The Neurology of Religious Experience. McNamara P. Westport: Praeger. 81-104.
  • Ratcliffe M. (2006). Phenomenology, Neuroscience and Intersubjectivity. In Blackwell Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Dreyfus H. & Wrathall M. Oxford: Blackwell. 327-343.
  • Ratcliffe, M. (2005). Folk Psychology and the Biological Basis of Intersubjectivity. In Philosophy, Biology and Life. O’Hear, A. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 211-233.

Journal papers: academic

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