• 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 is honored to be the 2016-2017 Edward and Linda Speed Peace and Justice Fellow at St. Mary’s University. 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

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

(forthcoming) “Phenomenology.” In The History of Evil in the Early 20th Century (1900-1950). Charles Taliaferro, Chad Meister, Victoria Harrison, eds. Acumen Publishing. 2016.

(in press) “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, 2016.

“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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