My research focuses on German Idealism (especially Kant and Hegel), as well as ethics and topics in the history of philosophy from the Early Modern period through post-Kantian philosophy. I have hobby interests in Nietzsche, Karl Jaspers, and philosophy of psychiatry with a phenomenological bent.
Currently, I’m particularly curious about the role and function that ideals – for example, world peace, the “better angels of our nature,” and the highest good – play in our practical, everyday conduct.
Further, since my time in Heidelberg working with the Thomas Fuchs’ Phenomenology Section, I continue to investigate Husserl’s ethics in my spare time (though at present that’s more of an ideal entity than real one).
SUBMITTED MANUSCRIPTS & WORKS IN PROGRESS
• I have one paper currently under review dealing with a conceptual puzzle in Kant’s moral theory stemming from the Critique of Pure Reason.
• I’m finishing a paper that deals with a dilemma that I think faces certain forms of thought experiments that I hope to have ready for submission by the end of 2019 or early 2020 (though my dissertation is quite domineering and bossy about how I spend my time).
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“Dutifully Wishing: Kant’s Re-Evaluation of a Strange Species of Desire.” Kantian Review, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 373-394.
“Life, Logic, and the Pursuit of Purity: Logically Reconstructing the Transition to Cognition.” Hegel-Studien, 50, pp. 63-95.
“Pecca Fortiter for the Sake of Morality? Making Sense of Wrong in Hegel’s System of Right.” Hegel Bulletin, Vol. 35, Issue (02), pp. 204-227.
“Experience and Empiricism in Testing the Free Will: What Phenomenology Offers a Discussion of Embodied Religion.” In: Embodied Religion: Proceedings of the 2012 Conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion, Peter Jonkers & Marcel Sarot (eds.) (Utrecht: Ars Disputandi), pp. 213-227.
“Thomas Höwing (ed.), The Highest Good in Kant’s Philosophy. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.”In Kantian Review Vol. 23, No. 1, 168-173.
“The Virtual Other: Empathy in the Age of Virtuality.” By Thomas Fuchs. Journal of Consciousness Studies 21, 152-173.
“Brain Mythologies? Jaspers’ Critique of Reductionism from a Current Perspective.” By Thomas Fuchs. Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy and Psychopathology, 75-84.
“Existential Vulnerability: Toward a Psychopathology of Limit Situations.” By Thomas Fuchs in Psychopathology, 46, 301-308.
“Husserl’s Theory of Basic Values: A Case Study from Blood Meridian”
Phenomenology and Literature: New Readings in Husserl Conference of the German Departments of Brown University and Johns Hopkins
May 5-6, Brown University
Papers Presented (Refereed)
“Morality and Nature’s Hidden Plan”
The Freedom of Nature and the Nature of Freedom UK Kant Society Annual Conference
September 6-7, Cardiff University (Recipient of Travel Award Bursary)
“Kantian Archetypes and Action” (Colloquium Paper)
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
February 21-24, Chicago, Illinois (Recipient of Graduate Student Travel Stipend Prize)
“Dutifully Wishing: Kant’s Reevaluation of a Strange Species of Desire”
13th Eastern Study Group Meeting of the North American Kant Society (NAKS)
April 10-11, Yale University (Recipient of the travel prize for best graduate student paper as nominee for the Markus Herz Prize)
“On a Methodological Asymmetry in Testing the Freedom of Will: Exploring the ‘Readiness Potential’ Experiments”
19th Conference of the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion (ESPR)
August 30 – September 2, Utrecht, The Netherlands