John Dorsch

PhD Research Student and Staff Member

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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John Dorsch is a PhD research student and staff member in the philosophy department at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group. His research focuses primarily on the philosophy of cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology.


In my doctoral thesis, I examine the role of epistemic emotions in cognition and develop a theory of the required cognitive architecture. Particularly, I investigate whether and to what degree epistemic emotions are interoceptive and whether epistemic emotions play a role in the development, both ontogenetically and phylogenetically, of conceptual and metarepresentational capacities. My doctoral research is currently supported by the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences PhD Scholarship.


  • MA (Research) in Philosophy, Universität Tübingen
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Universität Tübingen
  • Diploma in Creative Writing, Universität Tübingen
  • ASc in Computer Science, Keiser University

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Organiser of Phil(CogSci): Edinburgh's Philosophy of Cognitive Science Reading Group
  • Co-organiser of the WiP: Edinburgh's Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar
  • Member of PPIG: Edinburgh's Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group
  • Member of EPiPHENy: Edinburgh Philosophy and Phenomenology Reading Group

Undergraduate teaching


  • PHIL08017 Knowledge and Reality, Spring 2019
  • PHIL08014 Mind, Matter and Language, Fall 2019
  • PHIL08016 Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment, Spring 2020

Invited speaker

Aug 2019, "What's on the Tip of Everybody's Tongue: The Tip-of-the-Tongue Experience and Its Underlying Predictive Processes", Fifth Philosophy of Language and Mind (PLM) Network Conference, University of St. Andrews.


May 2019, Workshop on Mental Actions and Cognitive Phenomenology, Sponsered by Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group and Eidyn Research Centre, University of Edinburgh.


Jul 2019, "Cognitive Phenomenology", Summer University program of the Central European University, Budapest.

Papers delivered

May 2019, "In Defence of the Feeling of Knowing: Tracking the Target of the Tip-of-the-Tongue Experience", Mental Actions and Cognitive Phenomenology Workshop, University of Edinburgh.

Mar 2019, "What's on the Tip of Everybody's Tongue: Predictive Processing and the Tip-of-the-Tongue Experience", Mind and Cognition Work in Progress Seminar, University of Edinburgh.

Jan 2019, "Embodied Cognitive Phenomenology: Drafting a Peace Treaty in the Battle over the Daseinsberechtigung of Cognitive Phenomenology", Postgraduates Work in Progress Seminar, University of Edinburgh.

Aug 2018, "On the Phenomenology of Meaning (Über die Phänomenologie der sinnverleihenden Erlebnisse)", Research Forum of the Chair for the Philosophy of Cognitive Science Universität Tübingen, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Universität Tübingen.

Jun 2018, "Experiencing Meaning and Cognitive Phenomenology: Meeting the Carruthers-Veillet Constitutivity Challenge", Philosophy of Neuroscience Group Research Forum, Universität Tübingen.

Sep 2017, "Perception: a discriminating capacity or a predictive capacity?",  9th Annual Junior Neuroscientist Conference, Universität Tübingen.

May 2016, "Irreducible Cognitive Phenomenology and the 'Aha!' Experience", Philosophy of Neuroscience Group Research Forum, Universität Tübingen.


Creative Work

  • "Whether Creatures of Becoming Dream of Becoming Creatures of Being...". Phi Magazine Φ. November 2019: 2(4). Print.
  • "Meditation on Experience and Its Supposed Ineffability...". Phi Magazine Φ. June 2019: 2(3). Print.


  • School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences PhD Scholarship, University of Edinburgh, 2018 - 2021.
  • Summer University of Central European University Financial Aid Grant, Central European University, 2019.
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences Travel Grant, University of Edinburgh, 2019.
  • Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship), Universität Tübingen, 2017 - 2019.
  • Essay Winner at Missing Shade of Blue, University of Edinburgh Sponsored International Competition for Master's Students of Philosophy, 2017.
  • Best Presentation Award at 9th Annual Conference of Junior Neuroscientists, Universität Tübingen, 2017.