Christopher Herbert Lay
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Metaphysics
Areas of Competence
Applied Ethics, Existentialism, Political Philosophy, Nietzsche, English Composition
University of California, Irvine (2005-2010)
Degree: PhD in Philosophy, with Critical Theory Emphasis
Dissertation title: "It's Time to Account for Consciousness."
Thesis committee: David W. Smith (chair), Martin Schwab, Charles Siewert.
University of California, Irvine (2003-2005)
Degree: M.A. in Philosophy, given upon completion of coursework and a writing portfolio.
University of California, Berkeley (2001-2003)
Degree: B.A. (with Departmental Honors, and school's High Distinction) in Philosophy.
West Los Angeles Community College (1997-1999)
"On Course" at the University of Houston-Downtown (2014)
Three-Day Student-Centered Pedagogical Workshop: "On Course I Workshop: An In-Depth Immersion in Empowering Learner-Centered Principles and Strategies"
Acquiring learning-centered education pedagogy skills, emphasizing student-centered participation, immersion, and interaction
Learning to implement innovative curriculum development strategies, emphasizing inclusive sensitivity across diversities
Workshop Facilitator: Deb Poese, Director of the School of Education, Montgomery College.
"Quality Matters" via the University of Houston-Downtown (2013)
Two-Week Online Teaching Workshop: Quality Matters' "Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) Workshop"
Instruction in eight standards of the Quality Matters [QM] Rubric
Exploring the QM Rubric and beyond, acquiring the framework to improve the quality of online courses
Developing, assessing, and improving online course curriculum/implementing the QM Rubric
Workshop Facilitator: Lisa Clark, Assistant Dean/Associate Professor, University of Northwestern Ohio.
My dissertation seeks to illuminate the contemporary consciousness debate about the nature of self-consciousness (specifically, how is it that consciousness entails ubiquitous conscious of itself) with a number of insights found in the works of Franz Brentano and Edmund Husserl. Building off of Brentano's notion of incidental awareness, Husserl accounts for self-consciousness by investigating the ways in which consciousness entails an awareness of the passage internal time in the structures of time-consciousness. Taking these historical notions from the margins to the center of the contemporary debate over self-consciousness, I show how the temporal approach to self-consciousness, unlike other approaches, withstands the misrepresentation objection (which holds that approaches that account for self-consciousness in terms of representations alone cannot properly account for cases where one is conscious of being in a state that one is not in fact not in). Likewise, I also show how the temporal approach to consciousness, unlike a competing answer, dissolves the Grand Illusion worry in perception (the worry that due to the anatomy of the human brain, our experience of a richly detailed world is an illusion, the product of the brain, and not the product of our having experienced the world's details themselves).
"On the Phenomenology of the Suppression of Sensations in Normal, Everyday Consciousness" - Presented, as a Panelist, to the Society for Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy session on Genetic Phenomenology at the APA Pacific Division, 2013.
"Empathizing with the Unconscious: A Point of Relevance of Phenomenology for the Cognitive Sciences." Presented with Roma Hernandez to Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference - 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 5, 2011. Abstract published, in Towards a Science of Consciousness 2011 Consciousness Research Abstracts, published by the Journal of Consciousness Studies.
"Empathy and the Temporal Background: A Phenomenological Account of the Unconscious" - Presented, as a Panelist, to the Society for Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy session on Intersubjectivity at the APA Pacific Division, April 22, 2011.
"The Zero-Order Temporal Account of Consciousness Introduced" - Presented to the Southern California Philosophy Conference, Pomona, California, November 6, 2010.
"Enacting Time-Consciousness to Account for the Indistinctness and Ambiguity of Details Experienced in the Periphery of the Visual Field." - Poster Presented at Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson IX) Conference, Tucson, Arizona, April 16, 2010. Abstract published, in Towards a Science of Consciousness 2010 Consciousness Research Abstracts, published by the Journal of Consciousness Studies.
"The Role of Time-Consciousness in the Contemporary Consciousness Debate." - Presented to the California Phenomenology Circle, Los Angeles, California, November 15, 2008.
"Time-Consciousness and Normal, Everyday Consciousness." - Presented to Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson VIII) Conference, Tucson, Arizona, April 8, 2008. Abstract published, in Towards a Science of Consciousness 2008 Consciousness Research Abstracts, published by the Journal of Consciousness Studies.
"Sleepwalking Around the Contemporary Consciousness Debate." - Poster Presented, with Chad Kidd, to the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC11) Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2007.
The Temporal Background, Consciousness, and Unconscious Behaviors (in preparation).
Enacting Time-Consciousness to Account for the Indistinctness and Ambiguity of Details Experienced in the Periphery of the Visual Field (in preparation).
Fellowships and Awards
Finalist (Runner-Up) for the 2015 Outstanding Adjunct Award, University of Houston-Downtown
Award of Merit for Excellence in Academics and Outstanding Mentorship awarded by the California State University, Northridge Philosophy Student Body 2011
UC, Irvine, School of Humanities, Summer Dissertation Fellowship
UC, Irvine, School of Humanities, Travel Grant for Conference Presentation
UC, Irvine, Department of Philosophy, Salzburg Exchange Program Participant
UC Regents Research Fellowship for study in Salzburg
UC Regents Fellowship for first year of graduate study
Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha Chapter)
Dean's Honor List, UC, Berkeley, College of Letters and Science
Cal Bears Scholarship
Teaching Experience and Employment
Assistant Professor, Pierce College (2015-)
Philosophy 1: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2016)
Philosophy 2: Society and Values (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Philosophy 5: Critical Thinking and Composition (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Philosophy 6: Logic in Practice (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
Philosophy 20: Ethics (Winter 2016, Summer 2016, Winter 2017)
Philosophy 185: Directed Studies / Philosophy of Mind (Fall 2016)
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Houston-Downtown (2013-2015)
Philosophy 1301: Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2013, Summer III 2015)
Philosophy 2305: Introduction to Ethics (Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
Philosophy 3301: Moral Philosophy I (Summer Session I 2014, Summer Session III 2014, Fall 2014, Summer I 2015)
Philosophy 3305: Contemporary Philosophy (Spring 2015)
Philosophy 3320: Environmental Ethics (Fall 2014)
English 1301: Composition I (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
English 1302: Composition II (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
Lecturer, University of California, Irvine (2012)
Humanities 1b and 1c: Humanities Core Course (Winter 2012, Spring 2012)
Lecturer, Pitzer College (2010-2012)
Philosophy 43: Continental Thought (Fall 2010)
Philosophy 999: (Independent Study): Philosophy Through Film (Fall 2010)
Philosophy 122: Continental Philosophy of Self and Other (Spring 2011)
Philosophy 999: (Independent Study): Phenomenology and Film (Spring 2011)
Philosophy 7: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2011)
Philosophy 43: Continental Thought (Spring 2012)
Philosophy 999: (Independent Study): The Re-Evaluation of Self & Other (Spring 2012)
Philosophy 999: (Independent Study): Phenomenology of Individuation (Spring 2012)
Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Northridge (2010-2012)
Philosophy 305: Business Ethics (Fall 2010, Summer 2011, Fall 2011)
Philosophy 349: Contemporary Social & Political Issues (Spring 2011)
Philosophy 390: Philosophy of Law (Spring 2011)
Philosophy 310: Philosophical Problems (Summer 2011)
Philosophy 439: Phenomenology (Fall 2011)
Philosophy 200: Critical Reasoning (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
Philosophy 150: Introduction to Philosophical Thought (Spring 2012)
Lecturer, Chapman University (2009-2012)
Philosophy 104: Introduction to Ethics (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Winter 2012)
Philosophy 203: Logic (Spring 2011, Fall 2011)
Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2012)
Research Assistant for Margaret Gilbert, University of California, Irvine (2009-2010)
Lecturer, University of California, Riverside (2009)
Philosophy 165: Philosophy of Law (Spring 2009)
Teaching Associate, University of California, Irvine (2007-2009)
(With responsibilities of crafting course materials and syllabi, lecturing, grading, and holding weekly office hours)
Humanities 1a, 1b, and 1c: Humanities Core Course (Fall 2007, Winter 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2008)
University Studies 4: Honors Transfer Seminar (Summer 2008)
Philosophy 7: Introduction to Existentialism (Winter 2009)
Philosophy 4: Introduction to Ethics (Summer 2009)
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine (2004-2007)
(With responsibilities of leading discussion sections, grading, and holding weekly office hours)
Philosophy 1: Introduction to Philosophy (Winter 2005, Fall 2005)
Philosophy 4: Introduction to Ethics (Fall 2004, Spring 2007)
Philosophy 5: Contemporary Moral Problems (Fall 2006)
Philosophy 7: Introduction to Existentialism (Spring 2006)
Philosophy 23: Philosophy of Mind (Winter 2006)
Philosophy 101: Metaphysics (Winter 2007)
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (2007-2008)
California Phenomenology Circle (2004-Present)
Other Professional Activities
Referee, Broadview Press (2012)
Referee, Oxford University Press (2011)
Referee, Journal of Philosophical Research (2010)
English Language Proof Reader
Tommaso Piazza (2007), A Priori Knowledge: Toward a Phenomenological Explanation, Ontos Verlag.
Hans-Peter Leeb (2006), "State-of-Affairs Semantics for Positive Free Logic," in Journal of Philosophical Logic, Volume 35.
Co-Advisor, Philosophy Society, Pierce College (2015-Present)
Advisor, Students Against Student Hunger / St.A.S.H., Pierce College (2016-Present)
AFT Representative, Professional Ethics Committee, Pierce College (2016-Present)
(All course work has been completed at UC, Irvine unless otherwise noted.)
Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology
Merleau-Ponty, David Woodruff Smith (Fall 2003)
Husserl and Consciousness, David Woodruff Smith (Fall 2004)
Brentano, Charles Siewert at UC, Riverside (Winter 2005)
Brentano, Johannes Brandl at the University of Salzburg (Spring 2005)
Consciousness, Johannes Brandl at the University of Salzburg (Spring 2005)
Vision and Body, Charlie Chubb and Carrie Nolan (Fall 2005)
Perception, Michelle Montague (Spring 2006)
Brentano and Husserl, Charles Siewert (Fall 2007)
Philosophy of Memory, Sven Bernecker (Winter 2007)
Self-Awareness, David Woodruff Smith (Winter 2007)
Phenomenally Embodied Consciousness, David Woodruff Smith (Spring 2008)
Consciousness and Indexicals, David Woodruff Smith (Fall 2008)
Metaphysics, Michelle Montague (Winter 2004)
Locke and Berkeley, Nicholas Jolley (Spring 2004)
Metaphysics of Mind, Michelle Montague (Spring 2004)
Ontology and Intentionality, David Woodruff Smith (Spring 2004)
Metaphysics of Perception, Michelle Montague (Winter 2006)
Mind and Action, David Woodruff Smith (Winter 2006)
Husserl's Ideas, David Woodruff Smith (Fall 2006, Winter 2007, and Spring 2007)
Constitution of the Self (Fall 2009)
Moral and Political Philosophy
Political Philosophy, John Searle and Hans Sluga at UC Berkeley (Spring 2002)
Moral Luck, Bonnie Kent (Fall 2003)
Practical Reasoning, Aaron James (Winter 2004)
Hobbes, Nicholas Jolley (Winter 2004)
Nietzsche, Martin Schwab (Fall 2005)
Post- and Neo-Modern Ethics, Martin Schwab (Fall 2006)
Political Theology, Achille Mbembe (Fall 2006)
Existentialism, Continental Philosophy, and Critical Theory
Critical Theory Workshop, Fred Moten (Fall 2003, Winter 2004, and Spring 2004)
Existentialism, Martin Schwab (Winter 2004)
Levinas, Gayatri Spivak (Spring 2004)
Philosophy of Deleuze, Martin Schwab (Fall 2004)
Nietzsche, Martin Schwab (Winter 2005)
Feminism and Psychoanalysis, Gayatri Spivak (Spring 2006)
Derrida, Gayatri Spivak (Spring 2007)
Set Theory, Penelope Maddy (Fall 2003)
Activities (at UCI)
Analytic-Continental Philosophy Reading Group
Frege-Husserl Reading Group
Simone de Beauvoir Reading Group
Professional Experience, Extra-Academic
Fifth Council District, City of Los Angeles
Deputy for Planning and Economic Development (2001)
Represented both Council and constituent perspectives at Planning Commission
Hearings, Zoning Appeals Hearings, and to various boards. Member, Los
Angeles Neighborhood Initiative.
Field Deputy (1999-2000)
Conducted community meetings, addressing constituent concerns, and arranged
Council Aide (1997- 1998)
Responded to constituent concerns and managed office affairs.