Kant, History of German Philosophy
I specialize in the history of German philosophy, with an emphasis on the eighteenth century. My recent research has focused on issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind in the period from Leibniz to Kant. I am the author of Kant and Rational Psychology (Oxford UP, 2014), have published articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Kant-Studien, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Philosophy Compass, Kantian Review, and Kant Yearbook, and am the co-translator (with Daniel O. Dahlstrom) of Moses Mendelssohn's Morning Hours: Lectures on God's Existence (Springer, 2011)
Currently, I am working on a monograph (entitled The First Fifty Years of German Philosophy) that will consider the history of German philosophy beginning with the publication of Wolff's German Metaphysics in 1720 through to Kant's Inaugural Dissertation of 1770, for which I have received a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-19). I regularly teach graduate courses on all aspects of Kant's philosophy, and on contemporary appropriations of Kant's thought (particularly in epistemology and philosophy of mind), and am interested in supervising graduate students who work in any area of the history of German thought (classical and contemporary).
“Beyond the Paralogisms: Kant on the Immortality of the Soul in the Metaphysics Lecture Notes” in Reading Kant’s Lectures. Ed. R. Clewis (forthcoming, de Gruyter, 2015)
Kant and Rational Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2014)
“Chimerical Ethics and Flattering Moralists: Baumgarten’s Influence on Kant’s Moral Theory in the Observations and Remarks” in Cambridge Critical Guide to the Observations of the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and the Remarks. Eds. S. Shell and R. Velkley. Cambridge UP, 2012: 38–56.
“Turning the Game against the Idealist: Mendelssohn’s Refutation of Idealism and Kant’s Replies” in Moses Mendelssohn’s Metaphysics and Aesthetics. Ed R.W. Munk. Springer, 2011: 159–82.
“Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and the Ghosts of Descartes and Hume” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2011): 471–93.
“A Wolff in Kant’s Clothing: Christian Wolff’s Influence on Kant’s Accounts of Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and Psychology” Philosophy Compass 6 (2011): 44–53.
“The Divorce of Reason and Experience: Kant’s Paralogisms of Pure Reason in Context” Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (2009): 249–75.