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Jonathan Mitchell

Dr Jonathan Mitchell


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Available for postgraduate supervision


I am currently Lecturer in Philosophy.

I work in the philosophy of mind, with a focus on phenomenology, emotion and value.

I recently published a book, titled "Emotions as Feelings Towards Value: A Theory of Emotional Experience" with Oxford University Press.

For a full list of publications and research see










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My research focuses on the intersection between philosophy of mind, emotion, and value.

I am now working towards a theory of intentional horizons, drawing on material from Husserl, Sartre, and contemporary philosophers. Consider the following puzzling features of everyday experience. Standing in front of a house, we only see its front-side. Nonetheless, our visual experience is of a three-dimensional entity. We see a house, not a mere façade. Alternatively, say I am listening to a piece of music. All I strictly hear at any one moment are the notes currently being sounded, yet nonetheless, I hear a melody unfolding, rather than a series of disconnected chords. Next, consider how a range of our emotions and desires seem to concern themselves with ‘future values’ – say the anticipated joy of a reunion with a friend – the realization of which often falls short of expectations (we experience a ‘dissatisfaction in presence’). In all these cases, different though they are in important respects, the puzzling features seem to stem from the way such experiences involve a ‘sense of the possible’ which goes beyond what is explicitly represented. My current research aims to explain the way in which this sense of the possible figures across a range of experiences, from the kinds of sense-perceptual cases mentioned above to affective and evaluative experience. Connecting discussions of similar themes in the history of philosophy with contemporary philosophy of mind, this research will provide a comprehensive investigation into this fascinating but often overlooked topic.

I continue to have a lively interest in recent developments in the philosophy of emotion, and more broadly in areas of the philosophy of mind that concern themselves with understanding the nature of conscious intentionality.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

UG courses taught or co-taught: A Sense of the Possible, The Varieties of Experience, Critical Thinking

PG courses taught: Varieties of Philosophical Reasoning.

My office is 1.43 (John Percival Building). Please contact for office hours.


I studied for my masters in Philosophy of Science at the University of Sheffield and got my Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 2016. From 2017-8, I was a post-doc at the University of Johannesburg (Department of Philosophy). From 2018-2021 I was a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Manchester (on the project 'Emotions as Feeling Towards Value'). I joined the Philosophy Department at the University of Cardiff as a lecturer in September 2021


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Phenomenology
  • Emotion and Value
  • Intentionality
  • Consciousness (specifically topics related to conscious experience)
  • Husserl, Sartre, and other classical phenomenologists
  • Nietzsche