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    Arendt’s Kantian Existentialism and the Political Significance of Jesus of Nazareth
    with Paul T. Wilford
    Idealistic Studies 53 (3): 213-235. 2023.
    Despite her emphasis on politics, Hannah Arendt’s account of the existential grounds of action in The Human Condition culminates in a discussion of Jesus of Nazareth that emphasizes the significance of forgiveness for grasping the radicality of human freedom. This essay investigates Jesus’s role in Arendt’s thought by excavating and explicating the premises that undergird her account of Jesus’s political significance. It argues that Arendt’s innovative approach to politics is complemented by a c…Read more
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    Introduction. Modernity and Postmodernity: Our Temporal Orientation
    with Paul T. Wilford
    In Samuel Stoner & Paul Wilford (eds.), Kant and the Possibility of Progress: From Modern Hopes to Postmodern Anxieties, University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 1-16. 2021.
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    Philosophy and Rhetoric 51 (3): 315-320. 2018.
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    The Moral Formation of Descartes’ Meditations
    The European Legacy 27 (3-4): 321-334. 2022.
    Although Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy seems to be an especially theoretical work, this essay argues that reading the Meditations as a work of pure theory conceals an important dimensi...
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    Reflective Judgment and Radical Evil in Kant’s Religion
    with Paul T. Wilford
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 60 (2): 277-303. 2021.
    The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 60, Issue 2, Page 277-303, June 2022.
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    Lessing and the Art of History
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (1): 93-112. 2021.
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    Kant and the Possibility of Progress: From Modern Hopes to Postmodern Anxieties (edited book)
    with Paul Wilford
    University of Pennsylvania Press. 2021.
    Through a reexamination of Immanuel Kant and his philosophical legacy, this volume explores the philosophic presuppositions of the possibility of progress and our belief in reason's capacity not only to improve the material well-being of humanity but also to promote our true vocation as moral beings.
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    Thinking Through Kant’s Conception of Pedagogy
    Studies in Philosophy and Education 38 (3): 339-342. 2018.
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    Kant on the Philosopher’s Proper Activity
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1): 95-113. 2019.
    This essay investigates Kant’s understanding of the philosopher’s proper activity. It begins by examining Kant’s well-known claim in the Critique of Pure Reason that the philosopher is the legislator of human reason. Subsequently, it explicates Kant’s oft-overlooked description of the transcendental philosopher as an admirer of nature’s logical purposiveness, in the ‘First Introduction’ to the Critique of the Power of Judgment. These two accounts suggest very different ways of thinking about the…Read more
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    Kant on Common-sense and the Unity of Judgments of Taste
    Kant Yearbook 11 (1): 81-99. 2019.
    Though the notion of common-sense plays an important role in Kant’s aesthetic theory, it is not immediately clear what Kant means by this term. This essay works to clarify the role that common-sense plays in the logic of Kant’s argument. My interpretive hypothesis is that a careful examination of the way common-sense functions in Kant’s account of judgments of taste can help explain what this notion means. I argue that common-sense names the capacity to discern the relation between the cognitive…Read more
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    Kant and His German Contemporaries. Edited by Daniel O. Dahlstrom
    International Philosophical Quarterly 59 (3): 373-375. 2019.
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    Who Is Descartes’ Evil Genius?
    Journal of Early Modern Studies 7 (2): 9-29. 2018.
    This essay examines René Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. It argues that the evil genius is the meditator who narrates Meditations and that Descartes’ goal in Meditation One is to transform his readers into evil geniuses. This account of the evil genius is significant because it explains why the evil genius must be finite and why it cannot call mathematics or logic into doubt. Further, it highlights the need to read the Meditations on two levels—one examining the meditator’s line of t…Read more
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    Kant's Philosophy of Communication by G. L. Ercolini
    Philosophy and Rhetoric 51 (3): 315-320. 2018.
    The Enlightenment can be described as an attempt to make reason more worldly in order to make the world more reasonable, and the Enlightenment project is characterized by an unflagging confidence in reason's ability to ensure humanity's progress toward a more peaceful, civilized, and moral social and political order. However, the luminaries of the Enlightenment did not succumb to the naive belief that disembodied reason was capable of exercising an immediate influence on human history. To the co…Read more
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    Upon first encountering Immanuel Kant’s 1766 essay Dreams of a Spirit-Seer Elucidated by Dreams of Metaphysics, one is immediately struck by its literary style. Indeed, Dreams constitutes a unique moment in Kant’s literary development—never before had he thrown himself with such fervor into the attempt to express his thoughts in a provocative manner, and never again would he indulge his poetic tendencies with such reckless abandon. Unsurprisingly, then, Kant’s poetic rhetoric in Dreams has long …Read more
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    On the Primacy of the Spectator in Kant’s Account of Genius
    Review of Metaphysics 70 (1): 87-116. 2016.
    This essay argues that §49 of Kant’s third Critique pursues the question of the nature of genius through an analysis of the spectator’s response to beautiful art. It presents and defends a spectator-centered interpretation of §49’s opening paragraphs, which clarifies Kant’s notion of aesthetic ideas and reveals that beautiful art provokes a productive imaginative activity in its spectators. This interpretation is significant because it elucidates the character of Kant’s account of genius and his…Read more
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    Critical Philosophy as Artistic Endeavor
    Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1): 181-187. 2010.