Sven Bernecker

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Professor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
Co-Director, Minor in Medical Humanities
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1997
Habilitation, University of Munich, 2002
Phone: (949) 824-3896
University of California, Irvine
77 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 4555
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Kant and German Idealism
Before coming to Irvine in 2006 I taught at the University of Manchester (2003-2006), Birkbeck College London (2003), and the University of Munich (1997-2003). I was holder of the Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Vienna (2011-13).

I have held visiting appointments at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2000), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2002), Humboldt University Berlin (2010), Ruhr University Bochum (2010), and University of Cologne (2012).

Teaching Award, UC Irvine, 2014

Member of Board of Directors, American Philosophical Association, 2013-16, 2017-

Memory: A Philosophical Study, Oxford University Press, 2010 hdk., 2012 pbk.

The Metaphysics of Memory, Dordrecht: Springer, 2008 hbk.

Reading Epistemology, Oxford: Blackwell, 2006 hbk. & pbk.


The Epistemology of Fake News. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2021

Kant and Contemporary Epistemology. History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis, special issue 2021.

Medical Knowledge in a Social World, Synthese 196 (2019) special issue

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory, London: Routledge, 2017 hbk.

The Routledge Companion to Epistemology, London: Routledge, 2011 hbk., 2013 pbk.

Knowledge: Readings in Contemporary Epistemology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 pbk.


'Knowledge from Falsehood and Truth-Closeness.' Forthcoming in Philosophia

'The Ethics of Remembering and Forgetting.' Chinese Social Sciences Today. 25. Aug. 2020

'Against Global Method Safety.' Synthese 197 (2020), 5101-5116.

Introduction to Review Symposium on the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory. Memory Studies 12 (2019), 746-750. Co-author K. Michaelian

'Knowledge from Forgetting,' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 98 (2019), 525-540. Co-author T. Grundmann.

'Medical Knowledge in a Social World.' Synthese 196 (2019), 4351-4361. Co-authors B. Holman and L. Garbayo.

'A Causal Theory of Mnemonic Confabulation,' Frontiers in Psychology 8: 1207 (2017), 1-14.

'How to Understanding the Extended Mind', Philosophical Issues 24 (2014), 1-23.

'Sensitivity, Safety, and Closure', Acta Analytica 27 (2012), 367-381.

'Kant on Spatial Orientation', European Journal of Philosophy 20 (2012), 519-533.

'Keeping Track of the Gettier Problem', Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (2011), 127-152.

'Further Thoughts on Memory: Replies to Schechtman, Adams, and Goldberg', Philosophical Studies 153 (2011), 109-121.

'Precis of Memory: A Philosophical Study', Philosophical Studies 153 (2011), 61-64.

'Self-Knowledge and the Bounds of Authenticity', Erkenntnis 71 (2009), 107-21

'Agent Reliabilism and the Problem of Clairvoyance', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (2008), 164-172

'Remembering without Knowing', Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2007), 137-156

'Kant zur moralischen Selbsterkenntnis', Kant-Studien 97 (2006), 163-183

'Prospects for Epistemic Compatibilism', Philosophical Studies 130 (2006), 81-104

'Memory and Externalism', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (2004), 605-632

'Psychophysische Gesetze und Supervenienz', Philosophia Naturalis 40 (2003), 207-225

'Skeptizismus, Naturalismus und Quine', Philosophisches Jahrbuch 110 (2003), 46-58

'Russell on Mnemic Causation', Principia 5 (2001), 149-185

'Knowing the World by Knowing One’s Mind', Synthese 123 (2000), 1-34

'Die Grenzen des Selbstwissens', Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 51 (1997), 216-230

'Externalism and the Attitudinal Component of Self-Knowledge', Noûs 30 (1996), 262-275

'Davidson on First-Person Authority and Externalism', Inquiry 39 (1996), 121-139


'Knowledge, Falsehood, and Defeat.' Forthcoming in R. Borges & I. Schnee (eds.), Illuminating Errors: New Essays on Knowledge from Non-Knowledge. London: Routledge

'An Explanationist Model of (False) Memory,' Forthcoming in A. Sant'Anna, C. McCarroll, K. Michaelian (eds.), Current Controversies in Philosophy of Memory, London: Routledge

'A Kantian Perspective on Robot Ethics.' In D. Schönecker & H. Kim (eds), Kant and Artificial Intelligence (pp. 147-168), Berlin 2022: de Gruyter. Co-author L. Benossi

'An Epistemic Defense of News Abstinence,' In S. Bernecker, A.K. Flowerree & T. Grundmann (eds.), The Epistemology of Fake News, Oxford 2021: Oxford UP, 286-309.

'On the Blameworthiness of Forgetting,' in New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory, D. Debus, D. Perrin, K. Michaelian (eds.), London 2018: Routledge, 241-258.

'Reinholds linguistischer Schematismus', in Proceedings of the 12. International Kant Congress: Nature and Freedom, V. Waibel, M. Ruffing & D. Wagner (eds.), Berlin 2018: de Gruyter, Vol. V, 3369-3377.

'Extended Minds in Vats', in The Brain in a Vat, S.C. Goldberg (ed.), Cambridge 2016: Cambridge University Press, 54-72.

'Memory in Analytic Philosophy', in Memory: A History, D. Nikulin (ed.), Oxford 2015: Oxford University Press, 298-315.

'On the Metaphysics of Knowledge', in The New Desire for Metaphysics, ed. M. Gabriel, W. Hogrebe, and A. Speer, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015, 161-180.

'Visual Memory and the Bounds of Authenticity', in Mind, Language and Action, ed. D. Moyal-Sharrock, V. Munz, and A. Coliva, Berlin 2015: de Gruyter, 445-463.

'Triangular Externalism', in Blackwell Companion to Donald Davidson, ed. E. Lepore and K. Ludwig, Oxford 2013: Blackwell, 443-455.

'Reinholds Erkenntnistheorie des Dissens', in Wille, Willkür, Freiheit: Reinholds Freiheitskonzeption im Kontext der Philosophie des 18. Jahrhunderts, ed. V. Stolz, M. Bondeli and M. Heinz, Berlin 2012: de Gruyter, 453-469.

'Representationalism, First-Person Authority and Second-Order Knowledge', in Self-Knowledge, ed. A. Hatzimoysis, Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press, 33-52

'Reinhold's Road to Fichte: The Elementary-Philosophy of 1795/96', in Karl Leonhard Reinhold and the Enlightenment, ed. G. di Giovanni, Dordrecht 2010: Springer, 221-240

'Weshalb Wissen keinen spezifischen Wert hat', in Wissen und Werte, ed. G. Schönrich, Paderborn 2009: Mentis, 73-94

'Die Kausaltheorie der Wahrnehmung und der direkte Realismus", in Aktuelle Probleme der Philosophie der Wahrnehmung, ed. R. Schantz, Frankfurt/M. 2009: Ontos, 155-181

'Wider den Empirismus bezüglich Farbbegriffen', in Farben, ed. J. Steinbrenner and S. Glasauer, Frankfurt/M. 2007: Suhrkamp, 248-273

'Wissen zweiter Ordnung und Zombies', in Den eigenen Geist kennen, ed. A. Newen and G. Vosgerau, Paderborn 2005: Mentis, 119-134

'Rule-Following Made Easy', in Knowledge and Belief, ed. W. Löffler and P. Weingartner, Vienna 2004: öbv-hpt, 63-69

'Believing that you Know and Knowing that you Believe', in The Externalist Challenge, ed. R. Schantz, Berlin 2004: de Gruyter, 369-376

'Impliziert Erinnerung Wissen?', in Erkenntnistheorie, ed. T. Grundmann, Paderborn 2001: Mentis, 145-164

'Self-Knowledge and Closure', in Externalism and Self-Knowledge, ed. P. Ludlow and N. Martin, Stanford 1998: CSLI Publications, 333-349

'Radikale Interpretation und Skeptizismus', in Davidsons Philosophie des Mentalen, ed. W.R. Köhler, Paderborn 1997: Schöningh, 53-65
Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 1995-96
Research Professor, Brazilian Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq), 2000
Heisenberg Fellowship, German Research Council (DFG), 2004-06
Research Visit Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2010
Chancellor's Fellowship, UC Irvine, 2010-13
Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2011
Humboldt Professorship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2015
Innovative Learning Technology Initiative Grant, UCOP, 2018
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