M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1997
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
207B Thornton Hall
Kant is the focus of my historical research, one strand of which is a project that uses Kant’s theoretical philosophy and logic to develop a new approach to the foundations of his moral philosophy. Its central idea is that the latter, just as much as the former, is an investigation of our ability to cognize objects, albeit objects of a different kind, goods or ‘ought-to-bes’. Another strand of my historical research focuses on ways in which Kant understands his work as assimilating, and thereby improving, Christian Wolff’s now neglected philosophical project. I also have broad interests in ethics, metaethics, and axiology. A recent topic of attention has been the contrasting claims about value, its formal properties, and the bearers of value that are integral to the consequentialist and Kantian traditions. My teaching has been concentrated in ethics, the 19th century, logic -- and, of course, Kant. I am returning to Dartmouth after having served as a visiting professor at NYU, Johns Hopkins, and Sewanee: The University of the South.
“Kant on construction, apriority, and the moral relevance of universalization,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, forthcoming.
“Absolute positing, the Frege Anticipation thesis, and Kant’s definitions of judgment,” European Journal of Philosophy, 18.4 (2010): 539-566.
“Truth criteria and the very project of a transcendental logic,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 91.2 (2009): 1-49.
Summer 2013 - Fall 2013
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