DePaul University
Department of Philosophy
PhD
Waterville, Maine, United States of America
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    Nicolai Hartmann contributed significantly to the revitalization of the discipline of ontology in the early twentieth century. Developing a systematic, post-Kantian critical ontology ‘this side’ of idealism and realism, he subverted the widespread impression that philosophy must either exhaust itself in foundationalist epistemology or engage in system-building metaphysical excess. This essay provides an introduction to Hartmann’s approach in light of the recent translation of his early essay ‘Ho…Read more
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    This is a translation of Nicolai Hartmann’s article “Der Megarische und der Aristotelische Möglichkeitsbegriff: ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des ontologischen Modalitätsproblems,” first published in 1937. In this article, Hartmann defends an interpretation of the Megarian conception of possibility, which found its clearest form in Diodorus Cronus’ expression of it and according to which “only what is actual is possible” or “something is possible only if it is actual.” Hartmann defends this interpr…Read more
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    Ecosystem Services, Nonhuman Agencies, and Diffuse Dependence
    Environmental Philosophy 9 (2): 1-19. 2012.
    This paper is a preliminary treatment of the categories of agency and dependence in the context of ecosystem services discourse. These categories are discussed in terms of critical categorial ontology in order to articulate adequately the nature of humankind’s dependence upon the nonhuman natural world, inadequately captured by ecosystem services discourse. Following Val Plumwood, this essay takes ecosystems services discourse as an example of one type of failure to discern various forms of agen…Read more
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    This is a translation of an early essay by the German philosopher Nicolai Hartmann (1882–1950). In this 1923 essay Hartmann presents many of the fundamental ideas of his new critical ontology. He summarizes some of the main points of his critique of neo-Kantian epistemology, and provides the point of departure for his new approach in an extensive criticism of the errors of the classical ontological tradition. Some of these errors concern the definition of an ontological category or principle, an…Read more
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    Nicolai Hartmann and Recent Realisms
    with Keith R. Peterson
    Axiomathes 27 (2): 161-174. 2017.
    Some contemporary philosophers have called for a “new realism” in philosophical ontology. Hartmann’s works provide some of the richest resources upon which recent realists might draw for both inspiration and argument. In this brief exploration I touch on some key concepts and arguments from a few of the players in this “ontological turn,” including Meillassoux, Brassier, and Ferraris, and show how many of them were already clearly articulated in Hartmann’s works. I’ll also describe and comment o…Read more
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    Environmental Values
    Environmental Philosophy 6 (2): 99-102. 2009.
    Book Review
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    All that we are: philosophical anthropology and ecophilosophy
    Cosmos and History 6 (1): 91-113. 2010.
    Ecophilosophers have long argued that addressing the environmental crisis not only demands reassessing the ethical aspects of human and nature relations, but also prevailing theories of human nature. Philosophical anthropology has historically taken this as its calling, and its resources may be profitably utilized in the context of ecophilosophy. Distinguishing between conservative and emancipatory naturalism leads to a critical discussion of the Cartesian culture/nature dualism. Marjorie Grene …Read more
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    Naturphilosophie
    Environmental Philosophy 2 (1): 71-72. 2005.
    Book review
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    The Very Idea of an Ecological Worldview
    Ethics and the Environment 26 (1): 21-55. 2021.
    ARRAY
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    Phenomenology and being-in-itself in hartmann’s ontology: Laying the foundations
    HORIZON. Studies in Phenomenology 8 (1): 33-51. 2019.
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    First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (edited book)
    with F. W. J. Schelling
    State University of New York Press. 2004.
    Schelling's first systematic attempt to articulate a complete philosophy of nature
  • Problem and Construction: Kant, Schelling, Deleuze
    Dissertation, Depaul University. 2001.
    The dissertation addresses the issues of subjectivity, method, and criticism in postmodern European philosophy by tracing their roots back to a specific interpretation of the meaning of Kantian critique. It then presents an alternative line of Kant-interpretation opened up by F. W. J. Schelling and which, I argue, is prolonged in this century by Gilles Deleuze. Specifically, it engages in a historical and thematic analysis of the concepts of construction, deduction, problem and Idea as they are …Read more
  • New Research on the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann (edited book)
    with Roberto Poli
    De Gruyter. 2016.
    The imposing scope and penetrating insights of German philosopher Nicolai Hartmann’s work have received renewed interest in recent years. The Neo-Kantian turned ontological realist established a philosophical approach unique among his peers, and it provides a wealth of resources for considering contemporary philosophical problems. The chapters included in this volume examine his ethics, ontology, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of nature. They explore his ontology of values, auton…Read more