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Somogy Varga

Professor Varga (PhD, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main) joined the faculty in 2012. He has worked at the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt, and has conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. He was also a visiting researcher at the Centre for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. His primary areas of research are philosophy of psychiatry/mind, moral psychology, social philosophy and critical theory.

Dr. Varga serves as Co-Editor of the Southern Journal of Philosophy.

Selected Publications


Varga, S. (2011) Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal. New York: Routledge.


Varga, S. (forthc.) "The Politics of Nation Branding" Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Varga, S. (forthc.) "The Marketization of Foreign Cultural Policy: The Cultural Nationalism of the Competition State", Constellations

Radden, J. & Varga, S. (forthc.) "Depression Memoirs: some meta-analysis", In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Fulford, K. W. M., et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Varga, S. & Gallagher, S. (2012)  "Critical Social Philosophy, Honneth and the Role of Primary Intersubjectivity" European Journal of Social Theory 15 (2): 243-260.

Varga, S. (2012) "Depersonalization and the Sense of Realness" (published together with my response "Realness, Expression and the Role of Others") Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry.

Varga, S. (2012) "Non-Reflective Self-Awareness. Do We Need a Situated Account?" Journal of Consciousness Studies 19 (3-4): 164-193. 

Varga, S. (2011) "Evolutionary Psychiatry and Depression. Testing Two Hypotheses" Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 15(1): 41-52.

Varga, S. (2011) "Primary Goods, contingency and the challenge of genetic enhancement" Journal of Value Inquiry 45 (3): 279-291.

Varga, S. (2011) "Existential Choices. To What Degree is Who We a Matter of Choice?" Continental Philosophy Review 44: 65-79. 

Varga, S. (2011) "Self-Realization and Owing to Others. A Morality Constrain?" International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19: 71-82.

Varga, S. (2011) "Pretence, Social Cognition and Self-Knowledge in Autism" Psychopathology, 44: 45-52.

Varga, S. (2011) "The Paradox of Authenticity" Telos 156: 1-19.

Varga, S. (2011) "Winnicott, Symbolic Play and Other Minds" Philosophical Psychology 24 (5): 625-637.

Varga, S. (2010) "Vulnerability to Psychosis, I-Thou Intersubjectivity and the Praecox-Feeling" Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Varga, S. (2010) "Critical Theory and the Two-Level Account of Recognition. Towards a New Foundation?" Critical Horizons – A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory 11 (1): 23-38.

Recent Presentations

"The Philosophical Underpinnings of Cognitive Theory", Universität Freiburg, (August 2012)

"Perceiving Minds. Towards an Integrative View" University of Copenhagen (April 2012)

"Natural and Interactive Kinds," 14th International Conference Philosophy of Psychiarty, Göteborg, (September 2011)

"Synchronic Interactions" The Socially Extended Mind, Freie Universität Berlin (March 2011)

"Emergence and Extended Cognition" Seminars in Situated Cognition, Aarhus University (February 2011)

"Culture Industry Reloaded", Conference on Modernity, Critique and Humanism, California State University, Los Angeles, (February 2011)

"Extended Cognition and Interaction", University of Miami (February 2011)

Contact Details

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: 129 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-3295
Fax: 901-678-4365

Email: svarga<at>memphis<dot>edu
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