Mexico City, August 2017

J. Colin McQuillan grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. His father made him listen to lectures on metaphysics and epistemology before allowing him to play sports in school, but Colin denies that had anything to do with his decision to major in philosophy when he went to college.

Colin received a BA in philosophy and history from Loyola University Chicago in 2002 and an MA in philosophy from Boston College in 2004. He spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in 2006-2007 before receiving his PhD. in philosophy from Emory University in 2010.

Colin has taught at Emory University, Oglethorpe University, and The University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at  St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Colin is the author of Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason (Northwestern University Press, 2016), Early Modern Aesthetics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), the co-editor (with Joseph Tanke) of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2012), and has published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews on Kant, the history of modern European philosophy, and aesthetics.

His current CV is available on


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