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HOPS 2019



Adorno in Frankfurt


Not many philosophers have their names on street signs; their faces in murals; their quotes on construction sites; or their desks preserved in the middle of campus…


This will be my academic home for the next eighteen months. I’m very excited to start work on Aesthetics & Logic; to join the colloquia of Prof. Menke and Prof. Willaschek; and to be a part of the Kant-Arbeitskreis.

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