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. With the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he is spending 2018-2019 as a visiting researcher at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Colin has published widely on the history of modern European philosophy, Kant, and aesthetics. He is the author of Early Modern Aesthetics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason (Northwestern University Press, 2016). He is also the co-editor (with Joseph Tanke) of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2012) and (with María del Rosario Acosta López) Critique in German Philosophy (SUNY Press, Forthcoming). He is currently working on a new monograph called Aesthetics and Logic: The Elements of Kant’s Critique, an edited volume on Baumgarten’s Aesthetics, and a translation of Spalding’s Die Bestimmung des Menschen.

Colin’s current CV is available on


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