I’m spending this summer in Chicago, away from the San Antonio heat. I’ll be spending a lot of time with friends and family, and babysitting my niece, but I’ll also be doing a lot of writing.
Right now I’m in the process of revising two journal articles for publication — 1) the paper on Wolff and Baumgarten that I presented at the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association and 2) a short paper on the “scholarship” condition for the public use of reason in Kant’s enlightenment essay that I want to develop more fully.
I’m also finishing up a number of chapters for edited volumes. My critique of Tonelli’s “Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason within the Tradition of Modern Logic” has just appeared in La modernidad en perspectiva (Editorial Comares, 2017) and my chapter on Hutcheson and Kant for Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment (Routledge, Forthcoming) should be out soon. I’ll also be submitting a chapter on Baumgarten, Meier, and Kant to Kant and his German Contemporaries, Volume II (Cambridge, Forthcoming) later this summer. Then I’ll start writing chapters on 1) early modern philosophy of painting and sculpture, 2) literary and philosophical critique in German Romanticism, and 3) the concept of aesthetic life (or “vivacity”) in Baumgarten, Meier, and Kant. Thankfully the last three aren’t due this summer.
María Acosta (DePaul) and I are almost ready to publish the program for the conference on Critique in German Philosophy (DePaul University, Chicago, IL, November 9-11, 2017) that we’ve been organizing — it’s looking fantastic. We’ve already received two grants to cover the costs of the conference and we’ve submitted a third grant application this week. It also looks like I’ll be hosting a small conference called Decolonizing Philosophy at St. Mary’s this August. We’ll have papers by María Acosta (DePaul), Lori Gallegos (Texas State), Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State), and Omar Rivera (Southwestern) as well as a workshop for students on applying to graduate school in philosophy.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate my students Ashleigh and Gisela, who will participate in the San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (Ashleigh) and the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy (Gisela) and then attend the Critique in German Philosophy conference in the fall. Both are outstanding students and I’m very happy they’re considering graduate school in philosophy, not only because I think they’ll excel, but also because they’re the kind of people the discipline badly needs.