Sharon Hewitt Rawlette
Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, PhD, is a philosopher and writer who studies extraordinary experiences and what they have to tell us about consciousness and the deeper nature of the world in which we live. She earned her doctorate in philosophy from New York University in 2008, studying metaethics under Thomas Nagel and Sharon Street and writing the bulk of her dissertation while a pensionnaire étrangère at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. From 2008 to 2010, she was Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Ethics at Brandeis University before leaving academia for an independent writing career. Her subsequent research has focused on consciousness, parapsychology, and spirituality, and her writing, in multiple genres, has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as in popular venues such as Salon and her Psychology Today blog “Mysteries of Consciousness.” Her books include The Feeling of Value: Moral Realism Grounded in Phenomenal Consciousness (2016), The Source and Significance of Coincidences: A Hard Look at the Astonishing Evidence (2019), and The Supreme Victory of the Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Synchronicity (2020). In November 2021, her essay on the survival of consciousness, “Beyond Death,” was named a runner-up in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS) essay contest. She currently serves as a member of the BICS board and as a supporting researcher for the International Centre for Reincarnation Research.