Brandon C. Look

 

Professional contact address

Department of Philosophy

University of Kentucky

1415 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

Tel (o): +1-859-257-1862

Tel (c): +1-502-542-5687

E-mail: look@uky.edu

 

Educational Record

University of Chicago, Ph.D., Philosophy, June 1997. 

     Dissertation: “Leibniz and the vinculum substantiale

                Committee:  Daniel Garber (Chair), Howard Stein, R.C. Sleigh, Jr.

University of Chicago, M.A., Philosophy, 1990.

University of Chicago, The College, B.A. with General Honors, Philosophy, 1988.

Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne), visiting student, 1986-1987.

 

Academic Appointments

Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Fall 2013- present.

Hans Kohn Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2011-12.

University Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Fall 2011-present.

Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Fall 2008-present.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Fall 2005-Spring 2008.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Honors Program, University of Kentucky, Fall 2001-Spring 2005.

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Honors Program, University of Kentucky, Fall 1995-Spring 2001.

 

Areas of Specialization

History of Modern Philosophy (Descartes through Kant)

Metaphysics

 

Areas of Competence

Epistemology

Logic (all levels)

History and Philosophy of Science

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
 

Honors, Grants, and Awards

Extramural

National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship, 2012-13.

Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Member Fellowship, 2011-12.

Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, Summer 2010.

Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, 2001-02.

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Research Grant, Summer 1994.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 1993-94.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Research Grant, Summer 1992.

U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship, 1988-1992.

 Intramural

University of Kentucky, University Research Professor, 2011-12.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2006-07.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, September 2011.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, Mini-Grant for Research Support, Spring 2011.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, Summer Research Grant, 2010.

University of Kentucky, Office of the Vice-President for Research, Major Research Grant,  Fall 2009 (Support for Leibniz-Kant Conference).

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, October 2007.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, July-August 2006.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, June 2006.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, November 2000.

University of Kentucky, Special Summer Research Grant, Summer 2000.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, March 2000.

University of Kentucky, College of Arts & Sciences, International Travel Grant, Summer 1999.

University of Kentucky, Honors Program Summer Research Grant, 1996-2001, 2004-05.

University of Chicago, Wilhelm Meister Prize, 1992  (Best Essay on German Intellectual History).

University of Chicago, Summer Greek and Latin Scholarship, 1987 (Support for Intensive Greek Course).

University of Chicago, Competitive Admission to the College's “Chicago-Paris Program,” 1986-1987.

University of Chicago, The College, Dean's List, 1984-88.

 

Publications

Books  

Leibniz and Kant, editor, Oxford: Oxford University Press (under contract).

The Continuum Companion to Leibniz, editor, London and New York: Continuum, 2011, viii + 334 pages.

The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence, edited and translated with Donald Rutherford, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007, lxxix + 477 pages.

Leibniz and the ‘Vinculum Substantiale’, Stuttgart:  Franz Steiner Verlag, 1999 = Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 30, 143 pages.

Articles

"Logic, Analyticity and Truth from Leibniz to Kant," in Leibniz and Kant, Oxford University Press (under contract), 12,500 words.

"Kant's Leibniz: A Philosophical and Historical Introduction," in Leibniz and Kant, Oxford University Press (under contract), 13,000 words.

"Leibniz’s Arguments for the Existence of God," in The Oxford Handbook to Leibniz, ed. Maria Rosa Antognazza, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming), 7,500 words.

"Matter, Inertia, and the Contingency of the Laws of Nature in Leibniz and Kant,” in Akten des XI. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (forthcoming) 5,000 words.

"Essence, existence, et expression : Leibniz sur ‘toutes les absurdités du dieu de spinoza’,” in Spinoza/Leibniz: Rencontres, Controverses, Réceptions, eds. M. Laerke, R. Andrault, P.-F. Moreau,  Lyon: École Normale Supérieure Éditions (forthcoming), 9,800 words.

"Idealism and Corporeal Substance," in Routledge Debates in Modern Philosophy, eds. Stewart Duncan and Antonia LoLordo, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 132-41.

"Leibniz, Kant and Frege on the Existence Predicate,” Natur und Subjekt: Akten des IX. Leibniz-Kongresses, eds, H. Breger, J. Herbst, S. Erdner, Hannover: Hartmann, 2011, pp. 616-24.

"Introduction: Leibniz’s Life and Works,” in The Continuum Companion to Leibniz, London and New York: Continuum, 2011, pp. 3-15.

"Leibniz’s Metaphysics: The Path to the Monadology,” in The Continuum Companion to Leibniz, London and New York: Continuum, 2011, pp. 89-109.

"Leibniz Theory of Causation,” in The Continuum Companion to Leibniz, London and New York: Continuum, 2011, pp. 174-91.

"Grounding the Principle of Sufficient Reason: Leibnizian Rationalism versus the Humean Challenge,” in The Rationalists: Between Tradition and Revolution, eds. Carlos Fraenkel et al., Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, pp. 201-19.

"Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Metametaphysics: Idealism, Realism and the Nature of Substance,” in Philosophy Compass 5/11 (October 2010): 871-79.

"Leibniz and Locke on Natural Kinds,” in Branching Off: The Early Moderns in Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, ed. Vlad Alexandrescu, Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2009, pp. 380-406.

"Leibniz’s Modal Metaphysics,” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2008/-entries/leibniz-modal/>.  (9,100 words)

"Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz,” in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2008/entries/-leibniz/>. (17,100 words)

"Perfection, Power, and the Passions in Spinoza and Leibniz,” in Revue roumaine de philosophie 51:1-2 (2007), pp. 21-38.

"Some Remarks on the Ontological Arguments of Gödel and Leibniz,” in Einheit in der Vielheit: Akten des VIII. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses, eds. H. Breger et al., Hanover: Hartmann, 2006, pp. 510-17.

"Blumenbach and Kant on Mechanism and Teleology in Nature: The Case of the Formative Drive,” in The Problem of Animal Generation in Modern Philosophy, ed. Justin E. H. Smith, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 355-72.

"Leibniz and the Shelf of Essence,” The Leibniz Review 15 (2005), pp. 27-47.

"On Substance and Relations in Leibniz’s Correspondence with Des Bosses,” in Leibniz and His Correspondents, ed. Paul Lodge, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 238-61.

"The Platonic Leibniz: Essay Review of Christia Mercer, Leibniz’s Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development,” in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11:1 (February 2003), pp. 129-40.

"Marks and Traces: Leibnizian Scholarship Past, Present, and Future,” in Perspectives on Science 10:1 (2002), pp. 123-146.

"On Monadic Domination in Leibniz’s Metaphysics,” in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10:3 (August 2002), pp. 379-99.

"Leibniz on Composite Substance: A Kantian Problem of ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’?" in Nihil Sine Ratione: Mensch, Natur und Technik im Wirken von G. W. Leibniz.  Akten des VII. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses, ed. Hans Poser (Berlin, 2001), pp. 736-43.

"Hylozoism and Dogmatism in Kant, Leibniz, and Newton," in Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung: Akten des IX. Internationalen Kant Kongresses, ed. Volker Gerhardt (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2001), Vol. IV, pp. 490-97.

"'Becoming Who One Is’ in Spinoza and Nietzsche," in Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 50 (July 2001), pp. 327-38.

"Leibniz and the Substance of the Vinculum Substantiale," in Journal of the History of Philosophy 38:2 (April 2000), pp. 203-220.

"From the Metaphysical Union of Mind and Body to the Real Union of Monads:  Leibniz on Supposita and Vincula Substantialia," in Southern Journal of Philosophy 36:4 (December 1998), pp. 505-29.

"On an Unpublished Manuscript of Leibniz:  New Light on the Vinculum Substantiale and the Correspondence with Des Bosses," in Leibniz Society Review 8 (1998), pp. 59-69.

"The Ties that Bind:  Leibniz, Tournemine and Des Bosses," in Leibniz und Europa:  Akten des VI. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses, Hannover, 18. bis 22. Juli 1994, Langenhagen, 1994, pp. 443-49.

Translations, Minor Pieces, and Miscellanea

"Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz," in Oxford Bibliographies Online, (forthcoming), 8,000 words.

"Denis Diderot,” entry in International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette, London: Blackwell, 2013, pp. 1337-40.

"Leibniz, Kant and the Possibility of Metaphysics," The Institute Letter (quarterly newsletter of the Institute for Advanced Study), Summer 2012, 1,800 words.

"On the Omnipotence and Omniscience of God and the Freedom of Man” (from the German, “Von der Allmacht und Allwissenheit Gottes und der Freiheit des Menschen”) in G.W. Leibniz, Confessio Philosophi:  Papers concerning the problem of evil, 1671-1678, edited by R. C. Sleigh, Jr.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, pp. 5-27.

Reviews

Review of Patricia Kitcher, Kant’s Thinker, Oxford, 2011, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 49:4 (October 2011), pp. 502-03.

Review of Tom Sorrell, Jill Kraye, John Rogers (eds.), Scientia in Modern Philosophy, Springer, 2010, in HOPOS: Journal of the History of the Philosophy of Science 1:2 (October 2011), pp. 367-71.

Review of Tad Schmaltz, Descartes on Causation, Oxford, 2008, in Philosophical Quarterly 60: 239 (April 2010), pp. 418-20.

Review of John Carreiro, Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes’ Meditations, Princeton, 2008, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 48:1 (January 2010), pp. 104-05. 

Review of Eric Watkins, Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality, Cambridge, 2005, in HOPOS Newsletter X:1 (2007-08), pp. 13-15.

Review of E.J. Lowe, The Four-Category Ontology: A Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science, Oxford, 2006, in Review of Metaphysics 66:3 (March 2007), pp. 666-68.

Review of Tom Sorell, Descartes Reinvented, Cambridge, 2005, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15:1 (2007), pp. 199-202.

Review of Graham Priest, Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality, Oxford, 2005, in Philosophical Books January 2007, pp. 83-84.

Review of Andreas Blank, Leibniz: Metaphilosophy and Metaphysics 1666-1686, Munich, 2005, in The Leibniz Review 15 (December 2006), pp. 119-21.

Review of Kenneth Westphal, Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism, Cambridge, 2004, in Journal of the History of Philosophy, 44:4 (October 2006), pp. 665-66.

Review of A. B. Dickerson, Kant on Representation and Objectivity, Cambridge, 2003, in Review of Metaphysics (December 2005), pp. 415-16.

Review of Paolo-Ludovika Coriando, Individuation und Einzelnsein: Nietzsche, Leibniz, Aristoteles, Frankfurt a. M., 2003 in Journal of the History of Philosophy 43:1 (January 2005), pp. 121-22.

Review of Eckart Förster, Kant’s Final Synthesis: An Essay on the Opus Postumum, Cambridge, MA, 2000, in HOPOS Newsletter VII:2 (Fall-Winter 2002-03), pp. 16-17.

Review of Jan Cover and John O’Leary-Hawthorne, Substance and Individuation in Leibniz, Cambridge, 1999, in Review of Metaphysics (July 2002), pp. 617-18.

Review of Manfred Kuehn, Kant: A Biography, Cambridge, 2001, in Review of Metaphysics (March 2002), pp. 399-400.

Review of Jonathan Israel, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750, Oxford, 2001, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 40:3 (July 2002), pp. 399-400.

Review of Reinhard Lauth, Descartes’ Konzeption des Systems der Philosopie, Stuttgart, 1998, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 39:3 (September 2001), pp. 440-41.

Review of Pierre Keller, Kant and the Demands of Self-Consciousness, Cambridge, 1998, in Review of Metaphysics (December 2000), pp. 170-71.

Review of Ezio Vailati, Leibniz and Clarke: A Study of Their Correspondence, Oxford, 1997, in Review of Metaphysics (September 2000), pp. 176-77.

Review of Jean-Luc Marion, Cartesian Questions, Chicago, 1999, in Review of Metaphysics (September 2000), pp. 160-61.

Review of Roger Ariew, Descartes and the Last Scholastics, Ithaca, NY, 1999, in Review of Metaphysics (September 2000), pp. 128-29.

Review of Leibniz’s ‘New System’ (1695), ed. Roger S. Woolhouse, Florence, 1996, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 7:1 (March 1999), pp. 173-76.

Review of Cambridge Companion to Leibniz, ed. Nicholas Jolley, New York, 1994, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 35:1 (January 1997), pp. 142-44.

Review of Leibniz and Adam, ed. M. Dascal and E. Yakira, Tel Aviv, 1993, in Leibniz Society Review 5 (1995), pp. 29-32.

 

Paper Presentations (including future commitments)

“On Concept and Object in Leibniz, Wolff and Kant,” to be presented at the conference "300 Years of Wolff’s German Logic," University of Leuven, Belgium, 22 November 2013.

"Simplicity of Substance in Leibniz, Wolff and Baumgarten," to be presented to the workshop "Monads after Leibniz," Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 20 November 2013.

“Euler’s Metaphysics and Physics: Between Leibniz and Kant,” invited key-note talk at the conference "Philosophy in the Age of Euler: Science and Enlightenment," University of Ghent, Belgium, 7 July 2013.

“Sinnlichkeit und Verstand bei Leibniz und Kant,” presented to the Kolloquium für philosophische Forschungsarbeiten, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Hannover, 19 June 2013.

“Reason, Cause and Ground in Leibniz and Beyond,” presented at the University of Oxford, 16 March 2013.

“Sensibilité et entendement chez Leibniz et Kant : une histoire des perceptions confuses,” presented at the Groupe de recherche sur Leibniz, Université de Paris – I (Sorbonne), 13 March 2013.

“Confused Perceptions: On Kant’s Critique of Leibniz,” presented at a workshop of the Sodalitas Leibnitiana, University of Padua, Italy, 19 February 2013.

"Zu Kants Leibniz-Kritik: Worin besteht die Amphibolie?" presented at the Forschungskolloquium of the Leibniz Archives, Hanover, Germany, 17 January 2013.

"Verworrene Vorstellungen: Zu Kants Leibniz-Kritik," presented to the Department of Philosophy, Universität Bielefeld, 19 December 2012.

"'Vernunft' im Zeitalter der Vernunft," invited public lecture, "Leibniz-Jahresvortrag," Leibniz-Haus, Hanover, Germany, 5 December 2012

"The Real and the Ideal in Leibniz's Metaphysics," invited presentation at the conference "Harmony and Reality in Leibniz's Philosophy," Leibniz-Forschungsstelle of the Universität Münster, 17 November 2012.

"The Fundamental Question of Metaphysics and the Question of Fundamentality in Metaphysics," presented at the 8th Triennial Conference of the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (Society for Analytic Philosophy), Constance, Germany, 19 September 2012.

"Reason, Cause and Ground in Leibniz and Beyond," presented at the Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Princeton University, 22 April 2012.

"Understanding the Amphiboly: Kant's Critique of Leibniz," presented to the History of Philosophy Workshop, Harvard University, 14 April 2012.

"Understanding the Amphiboly: Kant's Critique of Leibniz," presented to the Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Yale University, 23 March 2012.

"Kant's Leibniz: A Philosophical and Historical Introduction," presented to the Early Modern Workshop, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, 15 February 2012.

“The Grounds of Leibnizian Metaphysics: On Daniel Garber’s Leibniz,” presented at an Author Meets Critics session of the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Washington, DC, 29 December 2011.

"The Reach of Reason:  From Leibniz to Kant," presented to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 12 December 2011.

"Leibniz, Kant, and Frege on the Existence Predicate,” presented at the IXth International Leibniz Congress, Hanover, Germany, 26 September 2011.

“The Principles of Leibniz’s Final Philosophy,” presented at the 5th Annual meeting of the Leibniz Society of North America, San Diego, CA, 17 June 2011.

Invited Comment on Ludmilla Guenova’s “The Principle of Thoroughgoing Determination: Kant’s Leibnizian Heritage,” presented in absentia (due to the APA Snowpocalypse) at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, 30 December 2010.

“Euler’s Anti-Leibnizian Critique: Monadism, Dynamism and Rationalism in the ‘Letters to a German Princess’,” presented at the HOPOS 2010 Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 25 June 2010.

“Matter, Inertia, and the Contingency of the Laws of Nature in Leibniz and Kant,” presented at the 11th International Kant Congress, Pisa, Italy, 26 May 2010.

Leibniz on Simple Substances: Speaking in Metaphysical Rigor of Mind and World,” presented at the Leibniz Society of North America session at the APA Eastern Division Meeting, New York, NY, December 29, 2009.

“Logic, Analyticity and Truth from Leibniz to Kant,” presented at the Third Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America, University of Kentucky, September 26, 2009.

“The Possibility of Nothingness: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” invited talk at the Department of Philosophy, Purdue University, 4 April 2008.

“The Metaphysical and Logical Foundations of Leibniz’s Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles,” invited talk at the Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1 February 2008.

Invited Comment on Melissa Zinkin’s “Force and Feeling in Kant’s Amphiboly,” to be presented at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, 30 December 2007.

“The Metaphysical and Logical Foundations of Leibniz’s Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles,” presented at the Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford University, 21 October 2007.

“Essence, Existence, and Expression: Leibniz on ‘All the Absurdities of Spinoza’s God’,” presented at Spinoza and Leibniz-II, Princeton University, 28 September 2007.

Leibniz’s Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles: Its Justification and Reach,” presented at the Montreal Inter-University Seminar in the History of Philosophy, 22 March 2007.

“Metaphysical Nihilism or Aliquidism? Against an Empty World,” presented at the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, 28 October 2006.

“Leibniz, Locke, and Natural Kinds: Metaphysics and Semantics,” presented at the Foundations of Modern Thought Seminar on Modern Philosophy, Bran, Romania, 1 August 2006.

“Some Remarks on the Ontological Arguments of Gödel and Leibniz,” presented at the VIIIth International Leibniz Congress, Hanover, Germany, 26 July 2006.

“Objectivity and Realism in Leibniz and Kant,” presented at the 6th International Congress of the History of the Philosophy of Science, Paris, France, 16 June 2006.

“Qualities, Concepts, and Possibilities: Leibniz and Locke on Real and Nominal Essences,” presented at the New England Colloquium on Early Modern Philosophy, Harvard University, 3 June 2006.

Invited Comment on Richard Manning’s “Spinoza’s Individuals,” presented at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, 27 April 2006.

“Creationism and Intelligent Design Theory: Bad Science, Bad Philosophy, Bad Religion,” presented at the University of Kentucky School of Law, 27 February 2006.

“The Amphiboly of Concepts of Reflection: Some Issues in Kant’s Critique of Leibniz,” presented at the Midwest Working Group of the North American Kant Society, University of Illinois-Chicago, 12 November 2005.

Invited Comment on Thaddeus Robinson’s “Spinoza’s Vacuum Argument and the Inconsistency of Descartes’ Metaphysic of Body,” Central States Philosophical Association, Lexington, Kentucky, 7 October 2005.

“Leibniz, Kant, and the Identity of Indiscernibles,” presented at the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, 9 October 2004.

“Substanz und Relation bei Leibniz,” presented to the Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld Germany, 12 December 2001.

“Leibniz on Composite Substance: A Kantian Problem of ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’?” presented at the Seventh International Leibniz Congress, Berlin, 12 September 2001.

“‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’: A Kantian Critique of Leibniz’s Theory of Composite Substance,” presented to the Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, 27 April 2001.

“On Substance and Relations in Leibniz’s Correspondence with Des Bosses,” presented at the Conference “Leibniz and His Correspondents”, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 17 March 2001.

“Leibnizian Idealism and the Ideals of Mechanism,” presented at the Florentine Center for the History and Philosophy of Science and Department of Philosophy of the University of Florence Workshop on Leibniz: “Corporeal Substances and the Labyrinth of the Continuum,” Florence, Italy, 23 November 2000.

“Causal Relations in Descartes’ Rules for the Direction of the Mind,” presented at the Third International HOPOS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 8 July 2000.

“The Problem of Monadic Domination in Leibniz’s Metaphysics,” presented at the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, 22 April 2000.

“Hylozoism and Dogmatism in Kant, Leibniz, and Newton,” presented at the Ninth International Kant Congress, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, 29 March 2000.

“Domination and Determination in Leibniz’s Monadology: Expression, Symmetry, and the ‘Amphiboly of Concepts of Reflection’,” presented at the New England Colloquium on Early Modern Philosophy, Harvard University, 6 November 1999.

“‘Becoming Who One Is’ in Spinoza and Nietzsche,” presented at the Fifth Jerusalem Spinoza Congress, Jerusalem, 20 June 1999.

Invited Comment on Lee Rice’s “Individuation in Leibniz and Spinoza”, Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, 6 May 1999.

Invited Comment on Paul Lodge’s “The Failure of Leibniz’s Correspondence with De Volder”, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Berkeley, California, 2 April 1999.

“Unity and Reality in Leibniz’s Correspondence with Des Bosses,” presented at the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, Massachusetts, 13 August 1998.  (see www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Mode/ModeLook.htm)

“Perfection, Power and the Passions in Spinoza and Leibniz,” presented at the Midwest Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2 May 1998.

“Domination and Subordination in Leibniz’s Monadology,” presented at the Intermountain Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy, University of Colorado, 18 April 1998.

“Leibniz and the Substance of the Vinculum Substantiale,” presented at the Southeast Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy, College of Charleston, 14 November 1996.

“Leibniz and the Problem of Composite Substance,” invited talk at the University of Kentucky, 28 February 1995.

“The Ties that Bind:  Leibniz, Tournemine and Des Bosses,” presented at the Sixth International Leibniz Congress, Universität Hanover, Hanover, Germany, 20 July 1994.

 

Professional Organizations

American Philosophical Association

American Association of University of Professors

Kant-Gesellschaft

Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft

International Spinoza Society

Leibniz Society of North America

North American Spinoza Society

North American Kant Society

International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science

 

Other Scholarly and Professional Activity

Member of the Board, Leibniz Society of North America, 2000-2004, 2006-2010.

Area Editor, 17th-18th-Century Philosophy, PhilPapers (http://philpapers.org/).

Judge, Leibniz Society Essay Competition.

Referee for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Yale University Press, Springer Verlag, Routledge Press, Wadsworth Publishing.

Referee for Mind, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Journal of the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, HOPOS, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of the History of Ideas, History and Philosophy of Logic, Logica Universalis, Yeditepe’de Felsefe, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

Referee for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Swiss National Science Foundation, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (Research Foundation of Flanders).

Referee for the Southeastern Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy (3 x).

Referee for the Mid-Atlantic Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy.

Conference Organizer, Southeastern Seminar for Early Modern Philosophy, November 15-16, 1997.

Conference Organizer, The Philosophy of Leibniz and Kant, Third Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America (held with the North American Kant Society), Lexington, KY, September 25-27, 2009.

Tenure/Promotion Referee (6 x).

 

Courses Taught

University of Chicago

Advanced Academic and Professional Writing, Lector

History of Modern Philosophy, Teaching Assistant

History of Modern Philosophy (Office of Continuing Education), Instructor

Skepticism, Tutor

Universität Bielefeld (Germany)

Leibniz, Hauptseminar, Winter Semester 2002-03.  (Equivalent to a graduate seminar; conducted in German)

University of Kentucky

Lower-division Courses:

The Ancient World (Honors 101)

The Medieval and Renaissance World (Honors 102)

The Early Modern World (Honors 201)

The Contemporary World (Honors 202)

Introduction to Philosophy:  Knowledge and Reality (Philosophy 100)

Introductory Logic (Philosophy 120)

Philosophy and Classical Physics (Philosophy 251)

History of Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Philosophy 260)

History of Philosophy II:  Modern Philosophy (Philosophy 270)

Upper-division Courses:

Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz (Philosophy 509)

Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Reid (Philosophy 509)

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (Philosophy 509)

Symbolic Logic II (Philosophy 520)

Knowledge and Reality: Epistemology (Philosophy 550)

Knowledge and Reality: Metaphysics (Philosophy 550)

Philosophy of Science (Philosophy 560)

Graduate Seminar: Metaphysics of Modality (Philosophy 650)

Graduate Seminar: Material Constitution (Philosophy 650)

Graduate Seminar: Causation (Philosophy 680)

Graduate Seminar: Philosophy of Leibniz (Philosophy 710)

Graduate Seminar: Philosophy of Spinoza (Philosophy 710)

Graduate Seminar: Kant: Metaphysics and Physics (Philosophy 710)

Graduate Seminar: From Leibniz to Kant (Philosophy 710)

Graduate Practicum: Teaching Philosophy (Philosophy 740)

Independent Study Courses:

The Philosophy of Hobbes

Kant’s Philosophy of Science

The Ontological Argument in Modern Philosophy

The Problem of Consciousness

The Nature of Time

Personal Identity

Leibniz’s Metaphysics

Leibniz on Logic and Modality

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

 

Advising

Gaines Center Bachelor’s Thesis Committee Member

John Eifler (2000-01)

Andrew Grotto (1998-99)

Brenton Kenkel (2007-08)

Aaron Zerheusen (1997-98)

 Philosophy Department Dissertation Committee Member

Caroline Buchanan (in progress)

Paul Carelli (PhD, 2008)

Brett Fulkerson-Smith (PhD, 2011)

Robert Guerin (in progress)

Kevin Harrelson (PhD, 2003)

Craig Streetman (PhD, 2011)

Joseph Trullinger (PhD, 2010)

Kevin Zanelotti (PhD, 2002)

 Other Dissertation Committees

Kristie Bulleit Niemeyer (Department of Spanish, PhD, 2010)

 Philosophy Department Dissertation Advisor

Benjamin Cordry (PhD, 2002)

C. Kamper Floyd (PhD, 2012)

Christa Hodapp (PhD, 2011)

Joshua Horn (PhD, 2013)

Michael Horton (PhD, 2012)

Adam Labecki (PhD, 2013)

Nazif Muhtaroglu (PhD, 2012)

Jennifer Woodward (PhD, 2011)

Levis Zerpa (PhD, 2011)

 

 University Service

Department of Philosophy

Chair, Speaker’s Committee, Spring 1996-1999, 2008-09.

History/Metaphysics and Epistemology Exam Committee, 1995-99, 2000-01, 2003-04.

Admissions Committee, 2000, 2004.

University of Kentucky Philosophy Prize Essay Competition, Judge, 2003-2009.

Placement Director, 2003-05.

Chair, M & E Exam Committee, 2004-05, 2008-09, 2010-11.

Director of Graduate Studies, 2005-2008.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2010-present

Executive Committee, 1998-99, 2007-08, 2008-09 (Chair), 2010-11 (Chair)

Search Committee, 2009-10.

Honors Program

Scholarship Committee, 1997-2001.

Admissions Committee, 1996-97, 2003-05.

Faculty Merit Evaluation Committee, 2003-05.

University

Philosophy Department Chair Search Committee, Spring 1997, 1998.

University Research Grant Committee, Fall 1996.

Singletary Scholarship Selection Committee, Winter 1997.

Study Abroad Advisory Committee, 1997-2001.

Gaines Fellowship Selection Committee, Spring 1998-2001.

Faculty Advisor, Lambda Sigma Honors Fraternity, 1997-98.

University of Kentucky Senate, A & S, Humanities Representative, 2004-07.

University Studies Program Committee, University of Kentucky Senate, 2004-07.

College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Committee, Fall 2005.

College of Arts and Sciences, English Department External Review Committee, Fall 2006.

College of Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee, Spring 2007.

College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Committee, 2007-2009.

College of Arts and Sciences, Educational Policy Committee, 2010-11.

Provost’s Area Advisory Committee for Tenure and Promotion, 2010-11.

 

Languages

German:  fluent (taught graduate level seminar in German and published translation)

French:  very good reading, writing, and speaking knowledge

Latin:  very good reading knowledge (published translations)

Greek:  good reading knowledge

 

 References

Available upon request.