German Idealism and Romanticism
I have pursued my interest in the interaction between modern conceptions of freedom and religion by investigating the work of important figures who wrote in the immediate aftermath of Kant's three Critiques. My own work in this area has focused primarily on Kant's radical heir, J.G. Fichte (1762-1814). I have also written on the Early German Romantics and on F.H. Jacobi (1743-1819), one of the critical voices of the Goethezeit. My interests in this area have led me to edit an anthology of key writings on idealism (German and British) and its critics that also includes introductory essays by leading and emerging scholars. I have also completed a translation of Fichte's Lectures on the Theory of Ethics, delivered at the newly founded University of Berlin in 1812.
J.G. Fichte, Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812) (Albany: SUNY Press, 2016).
The Nineteenth Century Philosophy Reader (London: Routledge, 2015).
“Transcendental Philosophy as ‘Therapy of the Mind,” in Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzl, eds., Transcendental Inquiry: Its History, Methods and Critiques (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
"Jacobi on Kant, or Moral Naturalism vs. Idealism," in Matthew Altman, ed., The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
"Idealism and Nihilism," in Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzl, eds., Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of German Idealism (Lantham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014).
"Fichte on Faith and Autonomy," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (4) (2013): 733-753: fichte_on_faith_and_autonomy.pdf
"Fichte's Philosophical Bildungsroman," in Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore, eds., Fichte's Vocation of Man: New Interpretive and Critical Essays (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013): 33-44.
"Fichte, Eberhard, and the Psychology of Religion," Harvard Theological Review 104 (2011): 93-110: fichte_eberhard.pdf
"Fichte's Transcendental Theology," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 92 (1) (2010): 68-88.
"Friedrich Schlegel and the Character of Romantic Ethics," Journal of Ethics 14 (1) (2010): 53-79: j_ethics_schlegel.pdf
"'Theismus des Gefühls': Fichte, Heydenreich, and Transcendental Philosophy of Religion," Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (4) (2009): 569-592: fichte_heydenreich.pdf
"Fact and Fiction in Fichte's Theory of Religion," Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4) (2009): 595-617: fichte_religion_jhp.pdf
"F.H. Jacobi on Faith, or What It Takes To Be an Irrationalist," Religious Studies 45 (3) (2009): 309-324: jacobi_on_faith.pdf
"Romanticism and the Ethics of Style," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 91 (2009): 21-41.
"Fichte on the Highest Good: Agent Unity and Practical Deliberation in the Jena Sittenlehre," Philosophy Today 52 (3) (2008): 379-390.
"Fichte's Fictions Revisited," Inquiry 51 (3) (2008): 268-287: fichte_fictions_inquiry.pdf
"Revisionism and Religion in Fichte's Jena Wissenschaftslehre," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2) (2008): 371-392.
"On 'The Religion of the Visible Universe': Novalis and the Pantheism Controversy," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2008): 125-146: novalis_bjhp.pdf
"Hermeneutics and Historicized Idealism: Schleiermacher and Dilthey," forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.
"Truth is No Stranger to Fiction: Jacobi on Fiction in the Novel Allwill," currently under review.
"'. . . endless void all around': Jacobi and the Nature of Ethical Nihilism."