Academic publications


van Stee, A. (2022). Love and Selfhood. Self-Understanding through Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience. Palgrave Macmillan.


After years of neurohype and a neuroskeptic backlash, this book provides a systematic analysis of the contributions to self-understanding cognitive neuroscience (CNS) and philosophy can make.

The stories of five people in search of self-understanding serve as touchstone throughout the book. Their identities are tied up with what they love. The book provides in-depth analyses of CNS of love and CNS of self-reflection. It critically discusses philosophers who focus on the relation between love, self-understanding and selfhood, such as Harry Frankfurt, Susan Wolf, Charles Taylor and Søren Kierkegaard. It also builds an argument about CNS’ contributions to self-understanding more broadly, and how different these are from philosophy’s contributions.

The book develops conceptual review as a philosophical method for improving the validity and comparability of CNS studies. It integrates CNS insights into its philosophical view on love and selfhood where applicable. This book thus argues and exemplifies that philosophy and CNS can work together.


van Stee, A. (2019). Appels, peren en fruit. Conceptual review als taakanalysemethode. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Wijsbegeerte, 111 (3), pp. 433-452. DOI: 10.5117/ANTW2019.3.008.VANS* [PDF]

van Stee, A. & M. Slors (2019). The ethics of counting neural activity as proof. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 10 (1), pp. 15-16. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1595782 [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2015). Selves, existentially speaking. In Love, Reason, and Will: Kierkegaard after Frankfurt, Rudd, A. & Davenport, J. (eds.). New York/London: Bloomsbury, pp. 177-195. [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2015). Liefde en persoonlijke identiteit. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 107 (1), pp. 49-70. DOI: 10.5117/ANTW2015.1.STEE* [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2014). Faith in a Rational Age: A Dialogue with Climacus. Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, 19 (1), pp. 153-166. DOI: 10.1515/kierke-2014-0107 . [PDF]

* The General Dutch Journal of Philosophy (ANTW) is peer-reviewed.

In Dutch

van Stee, A. (2018). Inleiding bij themanummer Filosofie en Neurowetenschappen. Filosofie Tijdschrift, vol. 28 (6), pp. 2-3. [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2018). Wat hersenonderzoek ons (niet) leert over wie wij zijn. In Filosofie Tijdschrift, vol. 28 (6), pp. 21-27. [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2013). Objectief onzeker en subjectief waar: geloven volgens Kierkegaard. Wijsgerig Perspectief, vol. 53 (2), pp. 6-12. [PDF]

van Stee, A. (2010). Over existentie gesproken: Religie als subjectieve waarheid. In I. Bocken & M. Terpstra (Eds.) Religie en Rede: Een Dialoog. Delft: Eburon.

van Stee, A. (2010). Nietzsche en de neurowetenschapper: Een briefwisseling. De Uil van Minerva, vol. 23, pp. 29-36.

Academic reviews

van Stee, A. (2016) Review of ‘Kierkegaard in the Present Age’. In Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Stewart, J. (ed.), pp. 61-63.

van Stee, A. (2016) Review of ‘A Confusion of the Spheres: Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on philosophy and religion’. In Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Stewart, J. (ed.), pp. 205-208.

van Stee, A. (2013). Review of ‘Kneeling at the altar of science’. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 48 (2), pp. 496-497.

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