Graduate Placement Officer
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).
Kant and his German Contemporaries, C. Dyck & F. Wunderlich eds. (under contract with Cambridge University Press)
“Spontaneity before the Critical Turn: Crusius, the Pre-Critical Kant, and Tetens on the Spontaneity of the Mind” in Journal of the History of Philosophy(forthcoming)
Kant and Rational Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2014)
“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.
Texts of the Early German Enlightenment, 1690-1750 (translations of texts by Wolff, Thomasius, Meier, Crusius, and others)
“Meier and Kant on Belief in the Immortality of the Soul” for Dyck and Wunderlich (eds.), Kant and his German Contemporaries
“The Abuse of Philosophy: Reconsidering the Pietist Criticism of Wolff”