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About me

I am a philosopher who teaches at Johns Hopkins University. I work on German Idealism, social and political philosophy, practical reason, philosophy and literature, and the history of 19th century thought.



My research is centered on the tradition that began with Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in 1781 and that continued through the writings of J.G. Fichte and G.W.F. Hegel. I have published a study of Hegel's theory of practical reason (Hegel's Conscience) and articles on a range of topics in Kant, Fichte and Hegel. A second book on Hegel's practical philosophy -- Hegel's Value: Justice as the Living Good -- is forthcoming from Oxford. My work in progress includes further projects on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Science of Logic, as well as a book connecting recent treatments of Moore’s Paradox to the issues around self-deception and alienation in the German Idealist tradition. I am also working on a project on Moby-Dick and an article on the women philosophers of American transcendentalism.


I teach introductory undergraduate courses, including Philosophic Classics and Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy, a wide range of intermediate courses, and graduate seminars on German philosophy.

I am currently advising a number of advanced graduate students and am open to new students who are passionate about philosophy.

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