Jason Bell

Associate Professor


Carleton Hall 209-A


1 506 458 7499

Research interests

  • 19th and 20th century philosophy
  • Ethics

Current projects

  • The origins of Göttingen phenomenology in dialogue with American pragmatism
  • Phenomenologists during the Nazi period
  • Canadian philosophy


Dr. Bell received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and came to UNB in 2016. He teaches classes at UNB including courses on 19th and 20th century phenomenology and existentialism, Ethics of Life and Death, and the Philosophy of Laughter.

Dr. Bell has taught in the United States (at several institutions) and Belgium (at KU Leuven), served as Fulbright professor at the University of Göttingen, and as visiting professor at Boston University.

Dr. Bell has served as principal investigator for a SSHRC research grant that has researched the origins of German phenomenology through the study of two New Brunswick archives dedicated to two early students of the phenomenological movement, Winthrop Bell and Gustav Hübener.

Courses regularly taught

  • Phil 1201 Ethics of Life and Death
  • Phil 3306 Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and the Roots of Postmodernism
  • Phil 4401 Kant
  • Phil 4402 Hegel
  • Phil 4434 Husserl’s Pure Phenomenology


Eine kritische Untersuchung der Erkenntnistheorie Josiah Royces (A Critical Investigation of Josiah Royce’s Epistemology) editor, with Thomas Vongehr, Husserliana (Springer Press), in press (2018)

The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1924-1937: Philosophical Presuppositions of Science (volume I of the Whitehead Critical Edition), editor, with Paul Bogaard, Edinburgh University Press, 2017

The Relevance of Royce, editor, with Kelly Parker, Fordham University Press, 2014

Josiah Royce’s 1908 Metaphysics Seminar, editor, edition in the Josiah Royce Critical Edition, (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), forthcoming

Max Scheler’s Secret Seminar in Ethics, editor, with Thomas Vongehr, Scheleriana, forthcoming

Chapters in edited books

“Whitehead and Kant at Copenhagen,” co-authored with Seshu Iyengar (UNB student), in Whitehead at Harvard, Edinburgh University Press (in press, forthcoming January 2020)

“Phenomenology’s Inauguration in the American Curriculum in Winthrop Bell’s 1927 Harvard Course” in The Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in North America, Springer Press, 2019

“Intellectual and Ethical Inhibition: A Meeting of Pragmatism and Phenomenology,” in Phenomenology for the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

“On Four Originators of Transatlantic Phenomenology: Josiah Royce, Edmund Husserl, William Hocking, Winthrop Bell,” Fordham University Press, 2014

“Thomas Aquinas and the Origins of Phenomenology” (“Thomas von Aquin und die Anfänge der Phänomenologie,”) in the Edith Stein Jahrbuch, Internationale Edith Stein Institut Würzburg, Germany, 2012

“Royce’s Business Ethics,” in American and European Values, Cambridge Scholars Press, U.K.

“Royce and Nietzsche on Individual and Communal Duties” (“Royce e Nietzsche: Individualita Affermativà e Doveri Comunitari,”) in Nietzsche e l’America, Edizioni ETS Pisa (Italy)

“Attention,” encyclopedia entry in The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy, Routledge, 2007

Articles in journals

“Lotze's System Σ: An Inspiration for Pragmatic 'Internal and External Meaning of Ideas' and Phenomenological 'Intentionality'?” accepted for publication, Phänomenologische Forschungen (in press, forthcoming 2020)

“Loyalty to Philosophy” accepted for publication, The Pluralist, 15.2, (in press, forthcoming 2020)

“On Husserl’s ca. 1890 ‘Peirce Manuscript’ and his reading of Peirce”, accepted for publication, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, forthcoming

“Husserl’s ca. 1890 ‘Peirce Manuscript,” ed., with Thomas Vongehr, accepted for publication, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, forthcoming

“Husserl’s 1912 Seminar on Hermann Lotze,” (“Seminar-Arbeiten über Lotze’s ‘Logik’”) ed., with Catharina Bonnemann, accepted for publication, Husserl Studies, forthcoming

“The Birth of American Phenomenology in Josiah Royce’s New Phenomenology: Reflections on the 1878-1880 Thought Diary in dialogue with Husserl and Pragmatism,” accepted for publication, The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, forthcoming

“Pure and Applied Trope Theory,” ‘Keynote Author,’ co-authored with Seshu Iyengar (UNB student), Discipline Filosofiche, XXX, 1, 2020, in the special edition: “Realism, Pragmatism, Naturalism. The Metamorphosis of Phenomenology in North America,” ed. Danilo Manca and Antonio Nunziante, forthcoming

“On the Discovery of Two New Manuscripts by Edmund Husserl,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 25.3, 2012

“Einiges über Aufgabe und historische Stellung der Logischen Untersuchungen,” editor of a newly discovered manuscript by Edmund Husserl; The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 25.3, 2012

“The Task and Historical Position of the Logical Investigations,” co-translation of manuscript by Edmund Husserl; The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 25.3, 2012

“Investigating Husserl’s Newly Discovered Manuscript, ‘On the Task and Historical Position of the Logical Investigations,” co-authored; The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 25.3, 2012

“The Göttingen Four and the Exchange of North American and German Phenomenology,” Quaestiones Disputatae, 2012

“The German Translation of Josiah Royce by Edmund Husserl’s Student Winthrop Pickard Bell: A Neglected Bridge of Pragmatic-Phenomenological Interpretation?” The Pluralist, 6:1, 2011

“To the Tenth Generation: Homer’s Odyssey as Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Ethics, 32:1, 2010

“The World and Its Selves: Josiah Royce and the Philosophy of Nature,” The Personalist Forum 15:1

“The Laughing Animal: An Inquiry into the Ethical and Religious Implications of Humor,” Kinesis: Graduate Journal in Philosophy Vol. 30