•  374
    Hegels Handlungslehre und das Preußische Allgemeine Landrecht
    Rechtsphilosophie. Zeitschrift Für Die Grundlagen des Rechts 4 (1): 24-35. 2018.
    Nach Reinhart Koselleck nennen Historiker die Periode der deutschen Geschichte zwischen 1770 und 1830 ‚die Sattelzeit‘. So wird diese Periode mit einem Bergsattel verglichen, der zwei Gipfel miteinander verbindet, die hier für die frühe Neuzeit und die Moderne stehen. Überall in Deutschland ist diese Periode von tiefgreifenden Reformen der Gesetze und der Verwaltung geprägt. Im Folgenden beschränke ich mich in meiner Darlegung auf Preußen, weil das Preußische Allgemeine Landrecht von 1794 wahrsc…Read more
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    Rather than approaching the question of the constructive or therapeutic character of Hegel’s Logic through a global consideration of its argument and its relation to the rest of Hegel’s system, I want to come at the question by considering a specific thread that runs through the argument of the Logic, namely the question of the proper understanding of power or control. What I want to try to show is that there is a close connection between therapeutic and constructive elements in Hegel’s treatmen…Read more
  •  216
    Talents and Interests: A Hegelian Moral Psychology
    Hegel Bulletin 34 (1): 33-58. 2013.
    One of the reasons why there is no Hegelian school in contemporary ethics in the way that there are Kantian, Humean and Aristotelian schools is because Hegelians have been unable to clearly articulate the Hegelian alternative to those schools’ moral psychologies, i.e., to present a Hegelian model of the motivation to, perception of, and responsibility for moral action. Here it is argued that in its most basic terms Hegel's model can be understood as follows: the agent acts in a responsible and t…Read more
  •  200
    Identity as a Process of Self-Determination in Hegel’s Logic
    Proceedings of the Hegel Society of America 18 63-82. 2007.
  •  169
    Hegel on Calculus
    with Ralph Kaufmann
    History of Philosophy Quarterly 34 (4): 371-390. 2017.
    It is fair to say that Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's philosophy of mathematics and his interpretation of the calculus in particular have not been popular topics of conversation since the early part of the twentieth century. Changes in mathematics in the late nineteenth century, the new set-theoretical approach to understanding its foundations, and the rise of a sympathetic philosophical logic have all conspired to give prior philosophies of mathematics (including Hegel's) the untimely appearan…Read more
  •  166
    Hegel and Analytic Philosophy of Action
    The Owl of Minerva 42 (1/2): 41-62. 2010.
    A primary fault line in the analytic philosophy of action is the debate between causal/Davidsonian and interpretivist/Anscombian theories of action. The fundamental problem of the former is producing a criterion for distinguishing intentional from non-intentional causal chains; the fundamental problem of the latter is producing an account of the relation between reasons and actions that is represented by the ‘because’ in the claim that the agent acted because she had the reason. It is argued tha…Read more
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    In Kevin Timpe (ed.), Routledge Companion to Free Will., Routledge. pp. 356-363. 2017.
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    Perspectives without Privileges: The Estates in Hegel's Political Philosophy
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (3): 469-490. 2017.
    For a variety of reasons, Hegel's theory of the estates remains an unexpected and unappreciated feature of his practical philosophy. In fact, it is the key element of his social philosophy, which grounds his more properly political philosophy. Most fundamentally, it plays this role because the estates provide the forms of visibility required by Hegel's distinctive theory of self-determination, and so the estates constitute conditions for the possibility of human agency as such. With respect to p…Read more
  •  111
    Math by Pure Thinking: R First and the Divergence of Measures in Hegel's Philosophy of Mathematics
    with Ralph M. Kaufmann
    European Journal of Philosophy 25 (4): 985-1020. 2017.
    We attribute three major insights to Hegel: first, an understanding of the real numbers as the paradigmatic kind of number ; second, a recognition that a quantitative relation has three elements, which is embedded in his conception of measure; and third, a recognition of the phenomenon of divergence of measures such as in second-order or continuous phase transitions in which correlation length diverges. For ease of exposition, we will refer to these three insights as the R First Theory, Triparti…Read more
  •  101
    Robert Pippin: Hegel's Practical Philosophy (review)
    Ethics 119 (4): 783-787. 2009.
  •  96
    Thomas Reid and some regress arguments
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 88 (1): 54-81. 2006.
    This paper reconstructs Reid 's responses to regress arguments against the possibility of free will, highlighting the role played by long-term decisions in the explanation of paradigmatic free actions on Reid 's account. In addition to reconstructing Reid 's response to the two versions of the regress argument that he explicitly discusses, I also construct a Reidian response to Galen Strawson's contemporary version of the regress argument. The depth of Reid 's position is most apparent in the re…Read more
  •  85
    Perspective and Logical Pluralism in Hegel
    Hegel Bulletin 40 (1): 29-50. 2019.
    In this paper, I consider the role of perspective in Hegel’s metaphysics, and in particular the role that multiple perspectives play within the ultimate structure in Hegel’s metaphysics, which Hegel calls ‘the idea [die Idee].’ My (somewhat anachronistic) way into this topic will be to inquire about Hegel’s stance on what Adrian Moore has called ‘absolute representations.’ I argue for the claim that perspective is maintained, even in the absolute idea, which generates the task of understanding t…Read more
  •  84
    Spinoza, Feminism, and Domestic Violence
    Iyyun 52 (1): 54-74. 2003.
    In this paper I discuss two related ideas and cross-reference them, as it were, on the common ground of the Spinozistic text. First, I want to construct a Spinozistic account of domestic violence and a Spinozistic response to such violence. This will involve attempting to explicate the phenomenon (or at least one aspect of it, to be defined) through the terms and conceptual structure of Spinoza's Ethics. Second, I want to discuss a feminist reading (interpretation) of Spinoza, that of Luce Iriga…Read more
  •  76
    Hegel’s Pluralism as a Comedy of Action
    Hegel Bulletin 40 (3): 357-373. 2019.
    Our reception of Hegel’s theory of action faces a fundamental difficulty: on the one hand, that theory is quite clearly embedded in a social theory of modern life, but on the other hand most of the features of the society that gave that embedding its specific content have become almost inscrutably strange to us (e.g., the estates and the monarchy). Thus we find ourselves in the awkward position of stressing the theory’s sociality even as we scramble backwards to distance ourselves from the parti…Read more
  •  74
    "Acting on" instead of" stepping back": Hegel's conception of the relation between motivations and the free will
    Contrastes: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 15 (cialidad y subjetividad humanas): 377-387. 2010.
    One of the most important elements of Hegel’s philosophical anthropology is his moral psychology. In particular, his understanding of the relation between motivations and reason plays a crucial intermediate role in connecting his anthropological meditations on the complete nature of the human being with his political theory of actualized freedom. Whereas recent important work on Hegel’s moral psychology has detected a Kantian distinction between natural desires and the rational perspective, the …Read more
  •  66
    James Kreines and Rachel Zuckert (eds): Hegel on Philosophy in History (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 740-741. 2017.
  •  64
    Béatrice Longuenesse: Hegel’s Critique of Metaphysics (review)
    The Philosophical Review 121 472-474. 2012.
  •  62
    Tom Rockmore: Hegel, Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 60 686-687. 2007.
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    Philosophy of Action
    In Dean Moyar (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Hegel, . pp. 475-495. 2017.
    There are a number of questions, the answers to which define specific theoretical approaches to Hegel’s philosophy of action. To begin with, does Hegel attempt to give a theory of free will that responds to the naturalistic skepticism so prevalent in the history of modern philosophy? Though some scholars hold that he is interested in providing such a theory, perhaps the majority view is that Hegel instead socializes his conception of the will such that the traditional naturalistic worries are no…Read more
  •  56
    "Introduction" to selections from Marx
    In Benjamin Crowe (ed.), The Nineteenth Century Philosophy Reader, Routledge. pp. 233-239. 2016.
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    The One and the Many in the Philosophy of Action
    In Vivasvan Soni & Thomas Pfau (eds.), Judgment and Action: Fragments toward a History, Northwestern University Press. pp. 175-190. 2017.
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    When it comes to social criticism of the economy, Critical Theory has thus far failed to discover specific immanent norms in that sphere of activity. In response, we propose that what is needed is to double down on the idealism of Critical Theory by taking seriously the sophisticated structure of agency developed in Hegel’s own account of freedom as self-determination. When we do so, we will see that the anti-metaphysical gestures of recent Critical Theory work in opposition to its attempts to d…Read more
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    Hegel’s Logic reveals an insightful and subtle engagement with the traditional problem of free will as it emerges from our basic commitment to the explicability of the world. While the dominant current interpretations of Hegel’s theory of agency find little of significance in the Logic and suggest that Hegel avoided the traditional problem, Yeomans argues both that the problem is unavoidable, and that the two versions of the Logic fruitfully engage the tensions between explicability and both the…Read more