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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.”

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Critique in German Philosophy


The conference that Maria Acosta and I co-organized at DePaul on Critique in German Philosophy went better than either of us could have imagined. Thanks to DePaul, St. Mary’s, and the DAAD for their financial support; to everyone that helped with the organization of the conference, especially Will McNeill, Mary Amico, Jennifer Burke, Ashley Fleshman, and Khafiz Kerimov at DePaul, along with Rose Mary Gallegos and Anndria Ashlie Flores at St. Mary’s; to everyone who presented, including Smaranda Aldea, Amy Allen, Karin de Boer, G. Anthony Bruno, Peter Fenves, Avery Goldman, Florian Klinger, Rick Lee, Rudolf Makkreel, Christoph Menke, Elizabeth Millan, Angelica Nuzzo, Gabriel Rockhill, Rocio Zambrana, and Rachel Zuckert; to Luis Guzman, Thomas Khurana, Ronald Mendeoz de Jesus, and Daniel Rodriguez-Navas for moderating; and to everyone who attended. I’m also happy to report that three of my students – Alondra Garza, Ashleigh Morales, Gisela Reyes – survived the cold, the snow, and three days of talks on abstruse German philosophy!

Maria and I will soon be able to announce the publication of an edited volume based on the papers presented at the conference. Stay tuned!

Texas Regional Ethics Bowl

I’m very happy to announce that St. Mary’s won first prize at the 20th Annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl. The team will go on to compete in the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition in Chicago this March. Congratulations, Philosorattlers and Ethics Bowlers!