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

Jacob M. Rump, MA, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


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

Academic Appointments


  • Philosophy


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Philosophical Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Honors Program

Publications and Presentations


  • Making Sense: Phenomenological Investigations of the Depth of Meaning (book manuscript in preparation; proposal currently under review), 2019


  • Reflection and Reduction beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide (invited chapter for The Husserlian Mind), Routledge, The Husserlian Mind, 2020
  • Synthesis, The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, Ed. De Santis, Hopkins, and Majolino (New York: Routledge) , 376-88., 2020
  • “From Word to Flesh: Embodied Racism and the New Politics”, Journal of Religion and Society), 2020
  • "Husserlian Phenomenology, Rule-following, and Primitive Normativity, Language and Phenomenology, Ed. C. Engelland. New York: Routledge, 2020
  • ;Not How the World is, but That It Exists: Wittgenstein on the Mystical and the Meaningful, Three Pines Press (University of Hawaii), Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 177-98, 2019
  • "Making Sense of the Lived Body and the Lived World: Meaning and Presence in Husserl, Derrida and Noe", Continental Philosophy Review, 51 (2), 141-67, 2018
  • "Meaning, Experience, and the Modern Self: The Phenomenology of Spontaneous Sense in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway", Metodo: international Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 6 (1), 317-55, 2018
  • “On the Use and Abuse of Teleology for Life: Intentionality, Naturalism, and Meaning Rationalism in Husserl and Millikan” 
     , Humana.Mente, 34, 41-75, 2018
  • "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


  • 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), 2018
  • 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

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


  • “Experience, Judgment, and the Limits of Language:  Sense and Significance in Husserl’s Transcendental Logic” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (mainprogram), Denver, Colorado, 2019
  • “From Linguistic Analysis to Life-Projects: Husserl’s Account of Meaning as “Bridge” for the Analytic-Continental Divide,” The Husserl Circle, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico , 2018
  • “Beyond the ‘Logical Productions of Sense’: Embodiment, Understanding, and Teleology” Workshop in Phenomenological Philosophy, University of California Merced, 2018
  • “Embodiment, Experience, and the (Lived) Space of Meaning: Some Reflections from Phenomenology and Enactivist Philosophy of Mind” You Are Here: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Place, and Embodiment, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 2018
  • “From Linguistic Analysis to Life-Projects: Husserl’s Account of Meaning as “Bridge” for the Analytic-Continental Divide,” Philosophy Department Papers in Progress Presentation, Creighton University, 2018
  • “Husserl on Affectivity, Motivation, and Meaning,” Workshop in Phenomenological Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, New York 
     , 2017
  • “Motivations Beyond Words: Affect Scripts and Embodied Meaning,” philoSOPHIA: Society for Continental Feminism, 11th Annual Meeting: Affect and Social Justice, Boca Raton, Florida, 2017

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; proposal currently under review)

    Articles in epistemology, philosophy of mind, theory of meaning, phenomenology, and history of 20th-century Philosophy