Paul Guyer

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Murray Professor Emeritus in the Humanities
Ph.D. Harvard University
A.B. summa cum laude, Harvard College
Contact Information
Phone: 
(215) 898-5549
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Office Location: 
421 Cohen Hall
Research Interests: 
  • Kant
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Aesthetics

I work on the history of modern philosophy, especially Kant, and on the history of aesthetics. I have worked on Kant's epistemology and metaphysics, his moral and political theory, and on his aesthetics, and on issues in both epistemology and aesthetics in a wide range of other authors. I am also one of the General Co-Editors of the Cambridge Edition of Kant, for which I translated three volumes of Kant's works.  Thirteen volumes of this edition have been published and two more are in press as of September, 2011; only one remains to be completed. My recent works include the first English translation of an extensive selection of Kant's posthumous Notes and Fragments (2005) in the Cambridge Edition; a survey of Kant, called simply Kant (2006); a Reader's Guide to Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (2007); and three collections of my essays, Kant's System of Nature and Freedom (2005), Values of Beauty: Historical Essays in Aesthetics (2005), and Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (2008). In August, 2011, I completed a three-volume history of modern aesthetics from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, entitled The Evolution of Modern Aesthetics: Truth, Feeling, and Play; it will appear soon. My next project will be a book on the impact of Kant's moral philosophy on the subsequent history of philosophy, as part of a series on The Legacy of Kant that I am editing for Oxford University Press, which will also include volumes by Michael Friedman, Sebastian Gardner, Howard Williams, and Paul Frank.

Selected Publications: 

Books:

Kant and the Claims of Taste (1979)

Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (1987)

Kant and the Experience of Freedom (1993)

Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness (2000)

Kant's System of Nature and Freedom (2005)

Values of Beauty: Historical Essays in Aesthetics (2005)

Kant (2006)

A Reader's Guide to Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (2007)

Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (2008)

The Evolution of Modern Aesthetics: Truth, Feeling, and Play, three volumes (forthcoming) 

Edited volumes:

Essays on Kant's Aesthetics, with Ted Cohen (1982)

The Cambridge Companion to Kant (1992)

Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavell, with Ted Cohen and Hilary Putnam (1993)

Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Critical Essays (1998)

Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment: Critical Essays (2003)

The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy (2006)

The Cambridge Companion to the Critique of Pure Reason (2010)

Translations:

Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, with Allen Wood (1998)

Kant, Critique of the Power of Judgment, with Eric Matthews (2000)

Kant, Notes and Fragments, with Curtis Bowman and Frederick Rauscher (2005)

Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings, with Patrick Frierson (2011)

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