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Purdue Lecture: Kant on Scholarship, the Public Use of Reason, and the Limits of Free Speech

Thanks to Jacqueline Mariña for inviting Maria and me to give lectures at Purdue over the last two days. Thanks also to Sarah Dewitt Lucas for making sure everything went smoothly. The audience was great and the questions gave me a lot to consider.


NDPR Review: Dyck and Wunderlich, Kant and his German Contemporaries, Vol. 1

My review of Corey Dyck and Falk Wunderlich’s excellent volume Kant and his German Contemporaries, Vol. 1: Logic, Mind, Epistemology, Science and Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2018) has just been published by Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

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Summer 2018

Classes have already started at St. Mary’s, but I’m on sabbatical, so I’m still in Chicago. I’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Bogota and Cartagena to visit María’s family and, in a few weeks, I’ll leave to start a Humboldt Fellowship at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Travel and preparations for the move to Germany have made the summer pretty hectic, but I’ve still managed to be productive. María and I  just submitted the manuscript for the volume we’re co-editing — Critique in German Philosophy: From Kant to Critical Theory — to SUNY Press for review. We’re both really happy with the contributions — all 19 of them! I’ve also written a chapter for a volume on German Romanticism, edited by Elizabeth Millán, and another for a volume on Kant and the Feeling of Life, edited by Jennifer Mensch. On top of that, I’ve written two book reviews — one for Kantian Review and another for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews — and reviewed the manuscript for an edited volume, which means I’ll start my Fellowship in Frankfurt with a clean slate. I’m really looking forward to getting started on Aesthetics and Logic: The Elements of Kant’s Critique — it’s a book I’ve been wanting to write for almost ten years now!

Aesthetics and Logic: The Elements of Kant’s Critique

As I prepare to leave for Frankfurt, I thought I’d share the table of contents for the book I’ll be working on during my time at the Goethe-Universität…

Aesthetics and Logic: The Elements of Kant’s Critique

Introduction: Philosophy and its Elements

I: Before Kant’s Critique

  1. Aesthetics
    1. Aesthetics in Context: Time, Place, Position
    2. From Poetics to Aesthetics
    3. Beauty, Truth, and Cognitive Perfection
    4. Merely a Critique of Taste?
  2.  Logic
    1. Classical Logic and Modern Philosophy: Elimination, Reform, Replacement
    2. German Logic: Before and After Wolff
    3. Meier’s Vernunftlehre and Kant’s Logic Lectures
    4. A Merely Logical Distinction?

II: After Kant’s Critique

  1. Transcendental Aesthetics
    1. Sensibility
    2. Pure Forms of Intuition
    3. Space and Time
    4. Transcendental Idealism
  2. Transcendental Logic
    1. The Understanding
    2. General and Transcendental Logic
    3. The Pure Concepts of the Understanding
    4. Empirical Concepts


British Journal for the History of Philosophy Reviews Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason

The British Journal for the History of Philosophy has just published a new review of my book Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason by Hemmo Laiho (University of Turku, Finland). Laiho says the book “succeeds exceptionally well in explaining, in a fresh and illuminating way, the long and winding intellectual process that led Kant to adopt his critical method,” though he thinks it could have delved deeper into the details of some of Kant’s arguments and given a fuller account of the kind of metaphysics that survives Kant’s critique. On that subject, stay tuned…

2018 Grads

2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl



Congratulations to St. Mary’s Ethics Bowl Team, who competed in the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national competition in Chicago, IL. They made St. Mary’s (and their coach) very proud!

Humboldt Fellowship

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Fellowship will allow me to spend 18 months at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, hosted by Christoph Menke and Marcus Willaschek. During that time, I’ll be working on a new monograph, currently titled Aesthetics & Logic: The Elements of Kant’s Critique, which explores the relationship between aesthetics and logic in German philosophy in the eighteenth century as well as the significance of that relationship for the Transcendental Aesthetic and Transcendental Logic in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.



NDPR on Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews has just published a review by Samuel Fleischacker of the volume Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment (Routledge, 2018), edited by Elizabeth Robinson and Chris Suprenant, which includes my “Outer Sense, Inner Sense, and Feeling: Hutcheson and Kant on Aesthetic Pleasure.”

While Fleischacker is critical of some aspects of the volume,  he praises the chapters by Michael Walschots, Wiebke Deimling and Oliver Sensen for their explorations of the proximity between Hutcheson and Kant on ethics, as well as the chapters by Robert Louden and Elizabeth Robinson about Hume’s influence on Kant’s anthropology He also says “Reed Winegar, J. Colin McQuillan and Paul Guyer give us a similarly varied and insightful set of pieces on elements of Kant’s aesthetics that echo or parallel themes in Hutcheson, Hume and Beattie.”