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Critique in German Philosophy: DAAD Conference Funding Grant

Great news! María del Rosario Acosta López (Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University) and I have been awarded a conference funding grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) to support our conference on “Critique in German Philosophy,” which will take place at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, November 9-11, 2017. We’re both very grateful for the support of the DAAD.


Summer 2017

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.

Review of The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason in Kantian Review

Kantian Review has just published a review of my book Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason by Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex). Deligiorgi raises some good questions about the methodological choices I make in the book, specifically my decision to focus on Kant’s conception of critique instead of other aspects of his critical philosophy — she cites Kant’s rules for the conduct of the understanding and his conception of enlightenment as examples. I think those are fair questions and I very much appreciate Deligiorgi’s review.

PIR Review of The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason

Philosophy in Review has just published an excellent review of my book Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason by Sam Stoner of Assumption College. Sam’s account of the structure and argument of the book is very accurate and he raises very good questions about 1) the relation between Kant’s critique and practical philosophy and 2) the reflexivity of Kant’s critique and its relation to self-knowledge. Check it out!

Spring 2017: Distinguished Faculty Award


With friends and colleagues at the St. Mary’s Alumni Association’s Faculty Appreciation Dinner (2017).


With Jillian Pierucci (Assistant Professor of Psychology), Janet Dizinno (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences), and Meghann Peace (Assistant Professor of Spanish) at the Faculty Appreciation Dinner. Jillian and I shared the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Award. Meghann was honored with the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.


Critique Review of The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason

Another review of Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason has just been published on the appropriately-titled website Critique. This review ( is by Michael J. Olson of Macquarie University in Australia. I really appreciate Michael’s careful (and accurate!) reading of the book, as well as the methodological questions he raises. My response is here:

NDPR Review of The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews has just published a very interesting review of Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason by Riccardo Pozzo (National Research Council of Italy). Pozzo is one of my main interlocutors in my work on Kant’s logic, so I’m very pleased he called my Kant book an “erudite and seminal work of meticulous scholarship.”

Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Fall 2016: Ethics Bowl!



Congratulations to St. Mary’s Ethics Bowl Team, who came in 2nd in the 19th annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl!

I’m proud to say the members of our team worked together, thought critically on their feet, and showed real concern for morally serious problems. It’s been an honor to be their coach.

On to Nationals!


Fall 2016: Critique in German Philosophy

I’m happy to announce that Prof. María del Rosario Acosta López (DePaul) and I have organized a conference on the subject “Critique in German Philosophy,” which will take place November 9-12, 2017, at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Amy Allen (Penn State)
  • Karin de Boer (Leuven)
  • Christoph Menke (Frankfurt am Main)

Other participants include:

  • Smaranda Aldea (Dartmouth)
  • G. Anthony Bruno (McGill)
  • Peter Fenves (Northwestern)
  • Avery Goldman (DePaul)
  • Catalina González Quintero (Los Andes)
  • Florian Klinger (Chicago)
  • Richard A. Lee (DePaul)
  • Rudolf Makkreel (Emory)
  • Elizabeth Millán (DePaul)
  • Angelica Nuzzo (CUNY)
  • Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova)
  • Rocío Zambrana (Oregon)
  • Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)

I’ll post the final program when it’s available.

Fall 2016: Immigration, Migration, and Refugees


For the last eight months I’ve worked with other members of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at St. Mary’s to organize the Conference on Justice and Social Concerns. This year’s theme was “Immigration, Migration, and Refugees.” The conference included wonderful keynote lectures by Ruth Behar (Michigan) and Elizabeth Ferris (Georgetown), a presentation by artist Anne Wallace, and panels on the challenges faced by immigrants, migrants and refugees in San Antonio; family detention in South Texas; and the economics of immigration. We had great attendance and good questions during all the lectures and panels, which shows that the topic is timely and the student body is engaged. I’m very pleased the event was such a success.