Jacob M. Rump, MA, PhD
Jacob M. Rump, MA, PhD

Jacob M. Rump, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Theory of Meaning, Epistemology, 19th-20th C. European Philosophy (esp. Phenomenology), Wittgenstein,¬†History of Philosophy,

Academic Appointments


  • Philosophy


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Philosophical Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2013
  • M.A., Emory University, 2010
  • A.B., Wabash College, 2005

Publications and Presentations


  • "The Epistemic Import of Affectivity: A Husserlian Account", Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 41: Phenomenology of Affective Life, 82-104, 2017
  • "Phenomenology, Historical Significance, and the Limits of Representation: Perspectives on Carr's Experience and History", Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 37 (2), 401-26, 2016
  • "History as Soil and Sediment: Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty", Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, Vol. 48-49, 139-52, 2016
  • "Kant, Husserl, and the Case for Non-conceptual Content", Springer, Husserl and Classical German Philosophy (edited volume), 293-308, 2014
  • "Knowledge, Temporality, and the Movement of History" (review article on Soren Olesen's 
    Transcendental History), Research in Phenomenology, 44 (3), 441-52, 2014
  • "Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, and the 'Structuralist Activity' of Sartre's Dialectical Reason", Sartre Studies International, 17 (2), 1-15, 2011
  • "Making Sense of the Lived Body and the Lived World: Meaning and Presence in Husserl, Derrida and Noe", Continental Philosophy Review
  • "Meaning, Experience, and the Modern Self: The Phenomenology of Spontaneous Sense in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway"
  • "Synthesis: Its Role in Husserl, Precursors, and Legacy in Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty" (invited entry for Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology), Routledge
  • "Not How the World is, but That  It Exists: Wittgenstein on the Mystical and the Meaningful", Mysticism: Twenty-First-Century Multidisciplinary Approaches and Perspectives (edited volume)


  • Translation (from French) of Valerie Kokoszka's "Phenomenological Habitus and Social Creativity", Phenomenology and Mind, Vol. 6: Mind, Habits, and Social Reality, 2014
  • "The Transcendental 'Foundation' of Meaning in Experience: A Reading of Wittgenstein's 
    On Certainty", Contributions of the Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Vol. XIX: Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement. Ed. C. Jaeger and W. Loeffler. , 2011
  • Translation (from German) of Nicolai Nicodemo's "Volker Gerhardt: Friedrich Nietzsche" (review essay), Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Issue 42, 2011
  • Co-translation (from German) of Theodor Elsenhans' "Phenomenology, Psychology, Epistemology" (Kant Studien review essay on Husserl's Ideas I ), with Andrea Staiti and Evan Clarke, Walter de Gruyter, Sources of Husserl's Ideas I (Ed. Staiti and Clarke)

Editing and Reviews

  • Review of Heinamaa, Hartimo, and Miettinen (eds),
     Phenomenology and the Transcendental (Routledge 2014), Husserl Studies, 32 (3), 2016
  • Review of Steven Crowell, Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger (Cambridge 2013), Continental Philosophy Review, 47 (3-4), 2014
  • Review of Frank Ankersmit, Meaning, Truth, and Reference in Historical Representation (Cornell 2012), Journal of the History of Philosophy, 51 (4), 2013

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Theory of Meaning, Epistemology, 19th-20th C. European Philosophy, History of Philosophy (incl. History of Analytic), Wittgenstein, Ethics, Philosophy of History, Philosophy and Literature 

Current Research Projects

  • Making Sense: Phenomenological Investigations of the Depth of Meaning (book manuscript in preparation); articles in epistemology, philosophy of mind,theopry of meaning, and phenomenology