• Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Hamline University


  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Eastern Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Self
  • Ethics
  • Capstone Seminar

Research Interests

  • Phenomenology
  • Social Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy


Eric Chelstrom, Ph.D., received his B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Hamline University and an M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. His Ph.D. in philosophy is from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 2010. His doctoral research applied Husserlian phenomenology to contemporary debates in collective intentionality.

Chelstrom serves as Director of the First-Year Experience, overseeing the University’s First-Year Seminars. Chelstrom’s research is broadly concerned with the nature of intersubjectivity and the building blocks of the social world. In particular, he focuses on collective intentionality, shared experiences and norms, horizon intentionality, and most recently how oppression and systematic injustices undermine mainstream social theory. He also has interests in aesthetics and the historical development of phenomenology.


Social Phenomenology: Husserl, Intersubjectivity, and Collective Intentionality. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012

“Between Worlds: Naomi Nagata and the Nature of Multiplicitous Subjectivity.” In The Expanse and Philosophy, Jeffrey Nichols, ed. Blackwell. 2021.

“Aron Gurwitsch.” Routledge Handbook of the Phenomenology of Emotions. Thomas Szanto and Hilge Landweer, eds. Routledge, 2019. 

“The Checkered Legacy of Marvin Farber’s Idiosyncratic Interpretation of Phenomenology.” In The Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in North America. Michela Beatrice Ferri & Carlo Ierna, eds. Springer, 2019. 

“Identities of Oppression: Collective Intentionality’s Seriality Problem.” Collectivity: Ontology, Ethics and Social Justice.. Kendy Hess, Violetta Igneski, & Tracy Isaacs, eds. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

“Phenomenology.” In The History of Evil in the Early Twentieth Century (1900-1950). Victoria Harrison, Charles Taliaferro, Chad Meister, eds. Routledge. 2018.

 “LEGO and the Social Blocks of Autonomy.” In LEGO and Philosophy. Roy T. Cook & Sondra Bacharach, eds. Blackwell, 2017.

“Aesthetic Horizons: A Phenomenologically Motivated Critique of Zuidervaart.” Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 2016, 3.1: 1-14

“Gurwitsch and the Role of Emotion in Collective Intentionality.” In The Phenomenology of Sociality: Discovering the ‘We’. Dermot Moran and Thomas Szanto, eds. Routledge. 2015.

Review of Predrag Cicovacki, The Analysis of Wonder: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann. (The Review of Metaphysics, 68.2, 2014)

“Horizon Intentionality and Aristotelian Friendships.” In Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics, Kevin Hermberg & Paul Gyllehammer, eds. Bloomsbury, 2013.

“Pluralities Without Reified Wholes: A Phenomenological Response to Hans Bernhard Schmid’s Collectivism.” Investigaciones Fenomenológicas, Issue 3, 2011

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