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!

Review of Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason in Continental Philosophy Review

Continental Philosophy Review has just published a long, careful review of my book Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason by Stephen Howard (Kingston University, London). Howard gives a very accurate summary of the book in Part I and then raises, in Part II, good questions about the negativity/positivity of Kant’s conception of critique and the kind of metaphysics Kant’s critique is meant to found.

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.