•  39
    Response to David Kolb
    The Owl of Minerva 30 (2): 277-286. 1999.
  •  30
    Hegelianism as modernism
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 38 (3). 1995.
    No abstract
  • Mediation and the Object of the Book I
    with Françoise Meltzer, Anca Parvulescu, Chris Dumas, Ariella Azoulay, Jan De Vos, and Jonathan Kramnick
    Critical Inquiry 37 (2). 2011.
  •  118
    Philosophy is its own time comprehended in thought
    Topoi 25 (1-2): 85-90. 2006.
    So much philosophy is so unavoidably guided by intuitions, and such intuitions are so formed by examples, and such examples must of necessity present so cropped and abstract a picture of an instance or event or decision, that, left to its traditional methods, philosophy might be ill-equipped on its own to answer a question about the true content of an historical ideal like ``autonomy'', or authenticity or ``leading a free life''. One needs to bring so many factors into play at once that one non-…Read more
  •  38
    Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy
    University of Virginia Press. 2011.
    Introduction -- Trapped by oneself in Jacques Tourneur's Out of the past -- "A deliberate, intentional fool" in Orson Welles's The lady from Shanghai -- Sexual agency in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street -- "Why didn't you shoot again, baby?": concluding remarks.
  •  35
    Introduction: Scientific History
    with Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
    In his inaugural lecture at Cambridge as Regius Professor of Modern History in 1895, Lord Acton urged that the historian deliver moral judgments on the figures of his research. Acton declaimed: I exhort you never to debase the moral currency or to lower the standard of rectitude, but to try others by the final maxim that governs your own lives and to suffer no man and no cause to escape the undying penalty which history has the power to inflict on wrong.1 In 1902, the year after Acton died, the …Read more
  •  46
    Introductions to Nietzsche (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2012.
    Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most important philosophers of the last two hundred years, whose writings, both published and unpublished, have had a formative influence on virtually all aspects of modern culture. This volume offers introductory essays on all of Nietzsche's completed works and also his unpublished notebooks. The essays address such topics as his criticism of morality and Christianity, his doctrines of the will to power and the eternal recurrence, his perspectivism, his theorie…Read more
  •  1
    How to overcome oneself: Nietzsche on freedom
    In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy, Oxford University Press. pp. 69. 2009.
  • Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (edited book)
    with Adrian Del Caro
    Cambridge University Press. 2006.
    Nietzsche regarded 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' as his most important work, and his story of the wandering Zarathustra has had enormous influence on subsequent culture. Nietzsche uses a mixture of homilies, parables, epigrams and dreams to introduce some of his most striking doctrines, including the Overman, nihilism, and the eternal return of the same. This edition offers a new translation by Adrian Del Caro which restores the original versification of Nietzsche's text and captures its poetic brill…Read more
  •  6
    Hegel’s Original Insight
    International Philosophical Quarterly 33 (3): 285-295. 1993.
  •  65
    Medical Practice and Social Authority
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 21 (4): 417-437. 1996.
    Questions of medical ethics are often treated as especially difficult casuistical problems or as difficult cases illustrative of paradoxes or advantages in global moral theories. I argue here, in opposition to such approaches, for the inseparability of questions of social history and social theory from any normative assessment of medical practices. The focus of the discussion is the question of the legitimacy of the social authority exercised by physicians, and the insufficiency of traditional d…Read more
  •  217
    When Alexander Nehamas’s pathbreaking, elegantly conceived and executed book, Nietzsche: Life as Literature,1 first appeared in 1985, the reception of Nietzsche in the Anglo-American philosophical community was still in its initial, hesitant stages, even after the relative success of Walter Kaufmann’s much earlier, 1950 book, Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Anti-Christ,2 and its postwar “decontamination” of Nietzsche after his appropriation by the Nazis.3 Arthur Danto’s 1964 book, Nietzsch…Read more
  •  2
    Hegel's Idealism: Prospects
    Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 19 28-41. 1989.
  •  7
    Bernard Williams once made the interesting point that both Wittgenstein and Nietzsche were trying to say something about what it might mean for philosophy to come to an end, for a culture to be cured of philosophy. He meant the end of philosophical theory, the idea that unaided human reason could contribute to knowledge about substance, being, our conceptual scheme, the highest values, the meaning of history or the way language works. For both Wittgenstein and Nietzsche there is no good or modes…Read more
  •  15
    Author's précis of Henry James and modern moral life
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 45 (3). 2002.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  •  75
    The question of freedom in the modern German tradition is not just a metaphysical question. It concerns the status of a free life as a value, indeed, as they took to saying, the “absolute” value. A free life is of unconditional and incomparable and inestimable value, and it is the basis of the unique, and again, absolute, unqualifiable respect owed to any human person just as such. This certainly increases the pressure on anyone who espouses such a view to tell us what a free life consists in. K…Read more
  •  169
    Kant on the Spontaneity of Mind
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (2). 1987.
    In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant refers often and with no apparent hesitation or sense of ambiguity to the mind. He does so not only in his justly famous destruction of rationalist proofs of immaterialism, but throughout his own, positive, ‘transcendental’ account in the Transcendental Aesthetic and Transcendental Analytic. In the first edition of the Critique, he even proposed what he adventurously called a ‘transcendental psychology’ and, although this strange discipline seemed to disappea…Read more
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    10. Charles Bernstein Replies Charles Bernstein Replies (p. 362)
    with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Ambrosio Fornet, Nancy Bentley, Sean Shesgreen, Lev Manovich, and Sophia Roosth
    Critical Inquiry 35 (2): 255-269. 2009.
  •  9
    What Was Abstract Art?
    Critical Inquiry 29 (1): 1-24. 2002.
  •  36
    Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations
    Cambridge University Press. 1997.
    'Modernity' has come to refer both to a contested historical category and to an even more contested philosophical and civilisational ideal. In this important collection of essays Robert Pippin takes issue with some prominent assessments of what is or is not philosophically at stake in the idea of a modern revolution in Western civilisation, and presents an alternative view. Professor Pippin disputes many traditional characterisations of the distinctiveness of modern philosophy. In their place he…Read more
  •  138
    The Status of Literature in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
    In Richard T. Gray, Nicholas Halmi, Gary Handwerk, Michael A. Rosenthal & Klaus Vieweg (eds.), Inventions of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Imaginary since Romanticism, University of Washington Press. 2011.
    Hegel, in a chapter called “Absolute Knowing,” end his most exciting and original work, the Jena Phenomenology of Spirit, with a quotation, or rather a significant misquotation, of a poet? The poet is Schiller and the poem is his 1782 “Freundschaft” (Friendship). This immediately turns into two questions: Why are the last words not Hegel’s own, and why are they rather a poet’s? I will turn to the details in a moment but, as noted, such an inquiry may not be worth the trouble. Authors, even philo…Read more